The Cat of Bubastes (Heirloom Audio Productions) ~ Review

Heirloom Audio Productions ~Cat of Bubastes

We are preparing to leave on a vacation to Flordia and we’re driving. You better believe that Heirloom Audio Production products are on the packing list! We have loved every audio drama we have received from them. especially the newest entitled The Cat of Bubastes!

Heirloom Audio Productions provides wholesome entertainment for kids and adults alike. Our entire family has enjoyed listening to their audio dramas! Some of our favorites include, “With Lee in Virginia“, “The Dragon and The Raven“, and “Beric the Briton“.


Heirloom Audio Productions ~Cat of Bubastes
The Cat of Bubastes lives up to the great reputation the other Heirloom Audio Production dramas have made. It is a great story of excelling event when things get tough. The story takes place in ancient Egypt. It begins as a people are overtaken by the Egyptians and become their slaves. The main character, Amuba, is a young prince. His father dies in the battle and his friend and protector Jethro gets him to safety. That is where the real adventure begins. They become slaves of the Egyptians but Amuba has the genius idea to begin to learn to speak the language so that they become more valuable and get placed in better working situations.

The two then get placed into the home of a kind priest’s family in the town of Thebes. Where they get caught up in a murderous plot when the families prized cat becomes missing. The two men attempt to help the family to safety and discover that their is only one TRUE God along the way as they encounter an Israelite and his daughter.

My kids were excited to hear about towns and places that they have studied during their Bible study of Exodus.


Heirloom Audio Productions ~Cat of Bubastes
As a member of the Homeschool Review Crew, I received the 2 CD set of the audio adventure. That is over two hours of exciting audio drama. Also included is access to a 47 page study guide that contains discussion questions, historical points, and Biblical background that will help you dig deeper into this Focus on the Family Radio Theatre drama. This is an excellent resource to turn and audio drama into a unit study! Also available are the MP3 soundtrack, a colorfully illustrated e-book, a printable copy of the cast poster, an inspirational verse that is featured in the story, and access to the Live the Adventure Letter E-Newsletter.

If you haven’t joined in on the G.A. Henty Adventures yet, this one would be a great place to start. I can assure you that your family won’t be disappointed! We have listened to our adventures over and over and they never get old. These have become a classic that my kids will pass down to their kids! It is a great way to bring history alive while remaining family safe with Christian audio drama. All of the G.A. Henty Adventures have a very strong moral and Biblical lesson intertwined in with captivating story telling. The actors do a great job sucking you into the story and making you feel like you are right there in the scene with all the excitement.

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Heirloom Audio Productions ~Cat of Bubastes



Exploring Creation with Astronomy, 2nd Edition from Apologia Educational Ministries ~ Review

 Apologia: Exploring Creation with Astronomy Review

We have studied Astronomy before when my kiddos were younger. We have also used Apologia science products before. But, the Exploring Creation with Astronomy, 2nd Edition from Apologia Educational Ministries  is the best of both those combinations. My girls are loving it!

Apologia Educational Ministries is the #1 producer of creation-based science and Bible curriculum and has won more than fifty top awards from homeschool parents and media.

There curriculum is a great way to teach science with a Biblical point of view. Each lesson includes Bible verses/Stories to support science and reaffirm what God has taught us abut the world around us. I really like that I don’t have to worry about coming across any false truths that some science curriculum’s sneak in. It is all family safe and Bible based.

Apologia offers several levels/subject matter in their science curriculum in their “Exploring Creation” series. Some of the available subjects are Physics and Chemistry, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Botany, Flying creatures of the 5th day, Swimming creatures of the 5th day, Zoology, Biology, Marine Biology, General Science, Physical Science, and of course Astronomy.

The program is set up with a textbook and student journals. I received the student text, a Notebooking Journal, the Jr. Notebooking Journal, and and Audio CD of the text.


Apologia: Exploring Creation with Astronomy Review
The textbook has all the reading material broken into lessons. The ideas is that the student is to read the text then teach it back to you. Since I have multiple students, we read the text together and then I have them take turns answering the discussion questions so that I know they understood what was read. I really like the Audio CD. We have never used it before Astronomy. It helped me free up my hands and listen while they looked at the text. It was a great help since my hands are pretty full these days.

At the end of each section of text are fun hands on experiment ideas and discussion question about that chapter. You can choose you pace and style of learning and their is no strenuous time line to follow. It is go with the flow!

The Student Journals are a lot of fun for both the student and the teacher. The two types of journals are the regular Notebooking Journal and the Jr. Notebooking Journal. The biggest difference is that the Jr. journal includes coloring pages and some of the info is pre-filled while the regular journal has more blanks to fill in.

The journals include places to write about the experiments, mini books, and other fun learning resources and activities. My kids really like their journals and it is helpful to me to have all their assignments and notes in one place when it come to record keeping.

The different levels of journals and the way the text is written make it easy to teach students at any level or multi level. We use it as an entire family and all learn something new. No one feels lost or left behind in the text. It really is a family resource on so many levels.

As for what the Astronomy curriculum covers it has 14 lessons. each lesson is designed to take around two weeks to complete. So you have an entire year of studies at your finger tips. Lesson one starts out with discovering what Astronomy is. The the next lessons move into studying the sun, major planets, the moon, space rocks, the kuiper belt and dwarf planets, and stars, galaxies, and space travel.

Like I mentioned earlier, this is not our first experience with Apologia, and I’m sure it won’t be our last. I am definitely sold on this product.

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Spiritual Circle Journal for Kids & Teens ~ Review

Spiritual Circle Journal

I am so excited to tell you about the Spiritual Circle Journal for Kids & Teens. This journal is from Spiritual Circle Journal  and is a great way to help your kiddos or even yourself focus in during your Bible time.

Since our kids were small we have tried to make personal prayer and devotion time a priority. We have even set up a special place for them to go to connect with the Lord. There is a small table with different items that will lead the children through a special quiet time with our Lord. Small battery candles for the littles and real candles for the bigger children help to make this time a special quiet time.


We include picture cards to help the children to recall and focus on all the areas that God has provided for us. We switch the cards and items (such as the nails) with the seasons. During Advent a small nativity is placed to remind them to be thankful for His coming. During Lent, nails, thorns, or other prayer cards are added.


Now thanks to the Spiritual Circle Journal For Kids & Teens we have a way for them to journal their prayer time. We have been studying 1st Samuel and just read the story of Hannah and the Birth of Samuel. I was challenged to start a prayer journal and track how God moves through my life in mighty ways. The kids can now also do that using this journal.

Spiritual Circle Journal

The concept of the Spiritual Circle Journal is to give kids a clear direction on how to have a deep and fulfilling quiet time. It is set up to challenge the kids to do at least 15 minutes a day and listen to God’s teaching, guidance, and movement in their everyday lives.

Here’s how it works…


Each image has a theme to fill in.

The thinking cloud is a place to date the Journal Entry and write or draw about things that are on their mind today. They can include anything that is making them excited, stressed, happy, or sad. This will help them lay these things at the feet of Jesus.

Next is the oval portion. This is to write a Bible verse that has caught their attention during their devotional reading.

The open Bible image helps them remember to write down the important things learned during their reading time, Sunday school lesson, or even during a sermon or mass.

The heart graphic is to confess anything that you need too to get their heart right with God and ask forgiveness.

The car is my favorite! It gives the kids a chance to right or draw things that they notice God doing in their lives. It is so nice to go back and look at all the areas that God has answered prayer and get a glimpse at how amazing God is and how he is moving in my child’s life.

The light bulb is a lesson learned section where kids can write about something they have learned the hard way. Maybe a choice that they have made that if they could do over again they would change. This reminds them to learn from their mistakes and reconcile them before the Lord and with others that their choices may have hurt.

Next is the bag image, it is for special prayer requests.

Then comes the Adoration note giving them a place to praise God and tell him how thankful they are that he is with them.

Finally, the shoe graphic is a lace to record anything that they feel that God is calling them to do. Either for others, something within themselves they need to work on, or something that God has laid on their hearts in a special way.

This journal is a great tool to help your kids develop and grow their spiritual lives in a fun way. It is also a great tool to look back on and see how mighty a God we serve and that he is living and active in our lives today.

Thank you Spiritual Circle Journal for creating the Spiritual Circle Journal for Kids & Teens and introducing a great tool to my kids spiritual time. I look forward to reading through and remembering how God has worked in my children’s lives!

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Spiritual Circle Journal