FishFlix Fight and Metamorphosis ~Review

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Our family really enjoys watching nature films, educational history shows, and space documentaries. However, you have to be so careful when watching them on television with your children. You can never completely know what the hidden agenda may be or even what commercials may pop up. I was glad when I was chosen to receive the Flight and Metamorphosis DVD’s from FishFlix to review.

Who is FishFlix?

FishFlix is an online Christian movie store that helps us bring good quality and safe movies into our homes. Their goal is to bring you  “The Greatest Christian and Family-Friendly Films in the World at Great Prices”.

They offer a large variety of titles in many different genres. Some of the popular titles include: When Calls The Heart, Son of God, Escape, Love Comes Softly, Unbroken, The Lorax, Veggie Tales, and more. They also have Comedy, Bible Teaching, Children’s, Biography, Documentary, and Holiday sections to browse through. Special interest areas such as Spanish and Catholic films are also available. Many of the titles can also be purchased in Blu-Ray format.

Each title listed in their company has been reviewed by a team of reviewers to save you time in deciding what is worth watching and what you may want to skip. This is helpful since their are so many movies available in our culture today. Their reviews can help determine what films are suitable for your family. You can find most of these reviews on their blog page.

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What We Received…

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Flight: The Genius of Birds ~ Dvd

Price:$11.18 (also available on Blu-Ray)

Flight is the first film in the new “Design of Life” series from Illustra Media. In the Design of Life series each episode will explore a different animal kingdom and it’s biological system that help make life on earth possible.

The film flight takes us on an adventure to discover how birds of many different species survive and live on earth. It shows us the mysteries and mechanisms of a birds anatomy and life cycle. You will learn how the embryo’s develops and becomes unique winged creatures.

One of the birds that is focused on is the hummingbird. The film shows how it is unique from other birds in it’s skeletal system, making it possible for it to have a special flight pattern and preform it’s aerial acrobatics.  I really liked a quote from this section that said, “If it works then it can’t have happened by accident!” This film takes a creationism stand point without causing a conflict. It never mentions any other theories of how life began. Which may make it not only safe for Christian children but “safe” in the public school system  since it isn’t marketed as a Christian documentary.

Other birds that are featured include Arctic terns and their endurance for a long migration, European starlings in huge flocks of 300,000, the eagle, and many more.

The movie shows many different climates from around the world since it was filmed in North America, England, Peru, Greenland, and Antarctica.

We really enjoyed Flight and learned a lot about the creatures that fly around us (sometimes un-noticed) each day. It was a good family documentary that is safe for children of all ages.

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Metamorphosis: The Beauty & Design of Butterflies

Price: $11.18

This is the second movie in the “Design of Life” series.

Metamorphosis takes you on an exploration of the fascinating butterfly. It goes beyond the complex and amazing life cycle and shows you how their superbly engineered body’s are designed to survive on earth. I really like how in-depth they go to show you the butterfly body as it looks magnified hundreds of times. It is truly amazing how God created such magnificent creatures  for us to enjoy. If he cares this much about the butterfly, we can never fathom the extent of thought and care he put into creating us, in His own image! How can the butterfly, an extraordinary creature, be products of a blind undirected process? This movie shows you that they can’t! Again, just like Flight, the film sides with creationism!

In this film you can also a wide variety of God’s created climates as they film in Ecuador and Mexico’s Transvolcanic Mountains. They follow the Monarch on their annual migration from Canada to Mexico.

This was a wonderful documentary that people of all ages will enjoy!

What we thought of the series…

We really like both films and will defiantly be watching them many times over. They are family safe and don’t expose our children to un-Biblical views on creation or life. Even better, there are no controversial theory’s, ideas, or commercials to worry about. You can watch as a family and all be entertained and amazed  at God’s talent. They give you a new and fresh appreciation for His divine power. You can explore the amazing creation around you with new technology and see things that you have never before seen.

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Lewis & Clark Homeschool Legacy ~ Review

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I have to admit that in the history department of our homeschool adventure we haven’t spent much time. We have always counted our Bible study time as our history portion. Which is good until you think your kids should know something that you are talking about and they look back at you with blank stares haha. Well, not anymore thanks to Homeschool Legacy and our first study from them of Lewis and Clark: From Sea to Shining Sea!

Homeschool Legacy offers a HUGE variety of studies! Not all are history related either. They also offer studies on weather, nature, horses, and a unique study of Christmas in America. The history studies have a wide range of subject matter also. There are studies on pirates, Queen Victoria, knights, early america, Native Americans, western pioneers, The Constitution,  and much more.

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Most of the studies come in digital download format and are designed to use once per week. The once a week format is nice since it won’t interfere with your regular studies and schedule. I know it is hard when you think of adding another thing to your busy days. The digital download grants immediate access so there is no waiting for the shipment to come. The digital download is a pdf and also contains many links to extra (free) resources to use throughout the study.

The studies are designed to teach multi-ages and different learning styles all at once. Each study has hands on activities, note-booking, reading, and other types of learning activities. It is a nice break from textbook style learning and provides a fun and creative outlet for children.

Many of the studies are also written so that you can duel purpose them and earn badges through the Boy Scout and American Heritage Girls. All the badge requirements are clearly stated for the chosen badge.

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I let the girls choose from the topics given and they both unanimously chose the Lewis and Clark: From Sea to Shining Sea study. I received the download very quickly and we dove right in!

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This study is designed to use once-per-week for 7 weeks. However, it spark such an interest that we have spread it out to much longer. We also are finished with our regular schooling so we are spending more then once a week and doing ALL of the fun activities! The possibilities really are endless and the amount of time you can spend is really up to you and your children’s attention span.

The recommended age range for this study is 2nd grade through 12th grade. There are some activities that even our little (4yr old) got in on. But, I would recommend that you only use it with littles if you are including them with older students.

I really like how each weeks lesson began with a biblical base. The first week we learned about the beaver and how God takes care of them. One important lesson is that the Beaver doesn’t need to be told what to do, they see what needs done and spring into action. That is just how God wants us to work together and for his kingdom.

Here are some of the fun activities that we did!

Lesson one we created really cool journals to use during our study! We covered regular composition notebooks with chamois and bound with leather cording. We have used these journals to record all our note-booking and timeline activities that are marked within the study.

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Lesson two took us on an adventure through French Cajun Louisiana and we made Shrimp Etouffee with the provide recipe! It was super yummy!!!!!!

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Next, we learned about the different territories of the now United States and how the Louisiana purchase cam about. The girls had fun creating topographical maps out of clay and marking the major landmarks along Lewis and Clark’s adventure.

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They also enjoyed taking a nature hike and pretending to be Lewis as he discovered new species of animals, plants, and birds. Then recording their findings in their journals.

Here are some of the tree and flower specimens that they collected.

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They had the most fun creating their Indian earth houses just like Sacajawea would have lived in when she meet up with the Corps of Discovery and joined the adventure.

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All in all we LOVED!!!!!!! this study of Lewis and Clark and will defiantly be returning customers of Homeschool Legacy! Now we just have to decide on which study!!!! It is a tie between Native America and Westward Ho I & II. We’ll see which wins!

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End of Year Photos

We have a tradition at the beginning and end of the school year to take 1st and last day photos. This year Funshine Express has a super neat “All Grown Up” theme that fits right in with our photos and ending of our preschool adventure. I can’t believe that my baby will begin her Kindergarten work this fall.

I really like how adaptable and easy the Funshine crafts are. I needed extra supplies for this craft since I had an extra little helper. I had everything on hand to recreate this craft an additional time. I then added a little saying in the corner to mark the beginning and end of our year.

Audrey’s craft…

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Alyssa’s craft…

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Ashlee’s craft…

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