The Truth Seekers Mystery Series Great for Summer Reading – Dinosaur Quest at Diamond Peak

The Truth Seekers Mystery Series is the perfect summer read for your teens and tweens.  That’s right, summertime is almost here and it’s time to think about summer reading! Many families enjoy taking a summer break, but still want to get some reading and educational time in over the summer. Summer is a great time to cool off by the pool, or at the beach, with a good book. Our kids love reading whenever it’s too hot to play outside.

Truth Seekers Mystery Series | Excellent summer reading novels

About The Truth Seekers Mystery Series

We have been highlighting some wonderful summer reading books on the blog. The Truth Seekers Mystery Series is educational and exciting! The series is full of adventure with a Christian worldview. What’s so special about this series is that it was written by Felice Gerwitz and her daughter, Christina. Christina started writing the series when she was only 15 years old!

Dinosaur Quest at Diamond Peak is the second book in the series.

Homeschool Adventurers at Diamond Peak

If your kids like adventure novels, they will enjoy this book. A turn of events pushes the Murphy teens into the middle of a paleontological dig near the summit of Diamond Peak in the Rocky Mountain National Park.  This heart-stopping suspense story takes these teens mountain climbing, skydiving and uncovering the mysteries that surround this T-Rex dig site. They must avoid the danger around them while defending their faith. They find their knowledge of science is powerful against those who are challenging their faith with evolutionary beliefs.

You can purchase the Dinosaur Quest at Diamond Peak paperback HERE.

More Resources

This book is a great stand-alone leisure read, but the creation science topic will be further enhanced when you use the companion Dinosaur Quest at Diamond Peak Literature Study Guide. This study guide has everything you need to add even more educational value to this adventure novel. There are pre-reading research activities, literary devices, reading comprehension questions to help with accountability, critical thinking questions, a list of vocabulary words, fill-in-the-blank questions with an answer key and so much more! It will help lead your children through the novel so that they receive an amazing reading and learning experience!

This would be fun as a family read-aloud summer activity as well.

You can purchase the Dinosaur Quest at Diamond Peak Literature Study Guide HERE.

If you plan on taking a family vacation to the Rocky Mountains, the book and study guide would make a great addition to your trip!

These podcasts from The Creation Science Podcast will be great to listen to before reading the book:

Truth Seekers Mystery Series: Teach Creation with Novels – in this podcast, Felice interviews her co-author and daughter! Christina shares her homeschool experience and how the series evolved from an idea to three books in the series.

Teach Creation to Kids With a Novel – Felice and Christina discuss how to teach creation science to your kids using the novel and literature guide.

The Cover of Book 2 in the Truth Seekers Mystery Series

FREE Bonuses for Mom with Purchase of One More Child

One More Child is a testimony and memoir of author, Felice Gerwitz. She pours her heart out to her readers in this new book as she shares snippets of her life growing up in an Italian Catholic family in the era of 1970’s. With her story she shares the encouragement and the hope that only comes from God. In honor of Mother’s Day, and for the entire month of May, when you purchase this brand new book  you will get a bundle of gifts perfect for any mom!

This beautiful and entertaining book celebrates the gifts of family and children. It is Felice’s story, but it contains a message that will resonate with anyone who struggles with the often-conflicting messages about family life that are promoted to parents today. The author doesn’t claim to have all the answers; instead in each page, she encourages the reader to be open to the will of God in every area of life, including family planning.

You will be blown away by all of the amazing resources being offered for FREE with a purchase! You will recognize these popular Christian mentors, authors and podcasters who have donated their resources as a special gift to you.

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FREE Just for Mom Printable Pack and Fun Stuff for the Kids

May is here, and I think it is one of the busiest and event filled months. It is almost the middle of the year, but it is also the end of a school year for many, as well as lots of end of the year events that are going on. It is such a busy, happy time full of celebrations. One of these holidays that is right in the middle of all of the other important events is Mother’s Day!

Sometimes when we are busy planning, organizing and coordinating important events and homeschooling, we tend to put ourselves on the back burner. When there are so many things to cross off the to do list the last thing we think about is doing something for us. We know how hard you work moms, that’s why we have decided to devote the entire month of May to you! We will be sharing lots of podcasts on our social media networks that are devoted just to you. They are full of encouragement for mothers, with tips and ideas to help your important job to be easier and more manageable.

Felice has devoted this month’s printable to you as well. There are over 50 pages, including a precious letter of love and encouragement. There are even some fun things for you to give your kids to do while you relax, sit back and read this packet that was created specifically for you!

Included in this month’s printable pack is:

  • Special Letter for Mom
  • Printable Charts
  • Mental Fatigue Solutions
  • Procrastination Solutions
  • Planning Mother’s Day and Gifts
  • Praise and Thanksgiving Journal
  • Checklist for Mom
  • Keys to Confidence
  • 4 Square Planner
  • End of School Year Checklist
  • Fun Recyclable Projects
  • Write a Mother’s Day Letter
  • Card Templates
  • Praise Journal Templates
  • Historic May Events
  • American Flag Report
  • Lewis and Clark Timeline
  • Scripture Copywork

We really hope that you take the time to pour a cup of coffee or tea,  sit back and enjoy reading and being refreshed. I plan on printing some of the Mother’s Day card templates to have my husband give the kids to work on too. Please let us know what you loved the most, and what printables were the most helpful to you!

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The Truth Seeker Mystery Series Great for Summer Reading: The Missing Link Found

Spring is upon us, and summer is right around the corner. During the summer many families take time off from homeschooling or do some light school while pursuing other educational interests. I personally love to add in extra reading material that we wouldn’t normally get to during the school year. If you are looking for some summer reading that is educational, exciting and has a Christian world view you will love the Truth Seekers Mystery Series!

 

The Truth Seekers Mystery Series was written by Felice Gerwitz and her daughter Christina when she was only 17 years old! If you have teens that enjoy writing, they will love that this was written by a fellow homeschooler.

The Missing Link: Found is the first book in the series.

If you have a child that enjoys any type of mystery, or action/adventure suspense novels they will have a lot of fun with this book. Travel along with the Murphy family as they vacation in the Florida Keys. This vacation is full of adventure, mystery and suspense. Follow along as they face a deadly illness, mistaken identity, rare coins, a startling discovery, and an encounter with the FBI! Your tweens and teens will be immediately drawn in to the excitement and adventure of this story as the Murphy’s search for the truth to refute evolution. I love how they won’t even realize that they are learning science and creationism at the same time!

You can purchase The Missing Link: Found paperback HERE.

This book is great as a stand alone novel, but the learning can be further enhanced with the companion The Missing Link: Found Literature Study Guide. This study guide has pre-reading research activities, literary devices, accountability reading comprehension questions, critical thinking questions, vocabulary words, fill in the blanks and more! There are even photographs of a real archaeology dig, which really makes the book come alive.  This guide would be fun to do in a family study setting as well as a summer reading assignment.

You can purchase The Missing Link: Found Literature Study Guide HERE.

These podcasts from The Creation Science Podcast will be great to listen to before reading the book:

Truth Seekers Mystery Series: Teach Creation with Novels – in this podcast Felice interviews her co-author and daughter! Christina shares her homeschool experience and how the series evolved from an idea to three books in the series.

Teach Creation to Kids With a Novel – Felice and Christina discuss how to teach creation science to your kids using the novel and literature guide.

FREE April Activity Guide

Spring has finally sprung. For many of us, that means the weather is absolutely beautiful, the days are getting longer, and it’s time to get our families back outside to explore and play.

When the weather is beginning to warm up, everyone is anxious to get outside and play and no one seems to want to finish school. A great way to motivate your children to finish their school work in a timely manner is by offering them some fun activities and crafts that they can do at the end of the school day or during free time. This month’s subscriber freebie has over 50 pages that focus on activities, crafts and projects that your children will love. There are even a few homemaking things for planning and spring cleaning checklists that are broken down by room!

Included in this April Activity Guide:

  •  Fun Craft Projects and Ideas (Spring and Easter themed)
  • 4 Square Planner
  • Lists of Activities Kids Love
  • Learning Activities and Worksheets
  • Projects Kids Love with Presentation Sheets
  • Fun Printables for Kids
  • Spring Cleaning Checklists
  • Journaling Pages
  • Activity Notebooking Pages
  • Easter Scripture Copywork Pages

We really hope you enjoy all these fun printables and activities geared specifically for your children. These will be great for creating memories and spending time with your children. I especially love the report projects that you can do with your kids for a fun project that is educational, but not “school”. I suggest printing these activity pages out and creating a planning and spring cleaning folder for yourself, and an activity folder or notebook for your kids. They will be so excited to pull out their very own special activity guide and find a fun project to work on when their school work is completed.

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5 Ways Online Learning Benefits the Homeschooling Family

If you have been researching the different types of homeschool curricula, you may have seen that there are quite a lot of online learning resources that are available on the market today. Maybe you are wondering if online learning would be a good fit for your family.

Digital learning has been gaining a lot of popularity and there are more and more options to choose from when it comes to online learning. I sure do love a good book that I can hold in my hands and read out loud to my children, but there are times when using online learning just makes sense and can really be a blessing!

Let’s discuss some of the ways that online learning can benefit a homeschooling family:

 

1. It can be used when there are multiple children to homeschool.

Homeschooling multiple ages and grades is not an easy task. When you are working one on one with a child, you have to make sure that the other children can work independetly. One way I like to keep some calm and organization in our house is to have some online learning options available to keep them busy. If I am helping an older child with more difficult school work, then I can have a younger child doing some reading or math practice facts on the computer. This also works in the opposite effect. If I am helping a younger child learn to read, the older children can be doing some of the tougher subjects online. This helps us to be able to get everything accomplished in one day without me having to bounce all over the place helping everyone!

2. When you need some time to rest after a new baby or an illness.

School can often get put on the back burner when a new baby is welcomed into a family. Mom needs plenty of time to rest and bond with baby and it’s a lot harder to homeschool all the children during a period of rest. If you have some online learning resources in place your children can work independently and practice with educational games to keep them busy. This works great during times of illness. I remember one year our entire family got the flu and we were down for 3 weeks. During that time our homeschool consisted of lots of online games and resources they could do from their tablets in bed or on the couch!

3. If you want to see how your child is doing academically.

Sometimes it can be hard to evaluate where you child is at academically or grade level wise from a textbook. There are a lot of online learning programs that have assessments built into them. These are helpful for you to see how they are doing and what they need to learn to progress forward. There are even online programs that will keep track of your child’s progress for you to see and send you reports. This is very motivating for a child that may be struggling with a specific subject or concept, because they can see how they are advancing.

4. It can be used when you are on the road or traveling.

Does your family like to travel or take trips? It can be very challenging to pack all the school books with you. If you are going to be gone on a long trip to visit family, or traveling for a convention, or for work, online learning can be very helpful. There are many online resources that can be downloaded to a tablet and work can be done right in the car. A laptop takes up much less space then loads of books for multiple children. It is so much more portable. Online learning works well if you are out an about for lots of different doctors appointments or therapy appointments too!

5. It is great to use during and after a move.

Moving can be so stressful! When you are packing up to move, not only is it time consuming, it can be difficult to keep all the school books organized and out of the way from getting packed up into boxes. Then once they do get packed up, then you are busy moving and unpacking and school can get lost in the shuffle. Online learning can be a wonderful option during a move because it’s portable and contained to one device.

A wonderful resource for online learning is Time 4 Learning

It is a comprehensive, online curriculum for grades Pre-K-12th grade. It is perfect for homeschooling as it is student paced with built in review, adjustable grade levels, automatic grading and over 4,000 online learning activities to keep learning fun and engaging. It is also one of Cathy Duffy’s Top 102 picks!

Help Your Family Refute Evolution

Most science textbooks that are not specifically labeled as Christian teach evolution as a scientific fact. As Christians, we know this is untrue. It is important to teach our children how to learn how to refute evolution by analyzing scientific and physical evidence that points back to a creation model. One way to do this is by choosing curriculum that supports what you believe and helps you to teach and explain why you believe what you believe!

Help Your Family Refute Evolution with the Creation Science Study Guide

Creation Science: A Study Guide to Creation from Media Angels will help you to teach your family how to refute evolution. This study guide will take your family through the Bible, starting in the book of Genesis to answer the question of how the world was created. It uses scriptures and factual information that is demonstrated by science that shows us the real Divine Designer. This guide teaches from a young earth, creationism view. It points out the errors of Darwin and the theory of evolution while always pointing back to God our creator. It covers many topics such as: The 7 days of Creation, Darwin’s theories, Flood geology, the age of the Earth, The Big Bang Theory, evidence of fossils and more false scientific concepts.

I really enjoy using unit studies in our homeschool, and this is a great way to  dig deep and teach creation science to your children in a fun and engaging way! This unit study should take 6-8 weeks to complete which is a good amount of time to really immerse your children in the subject.

This Creation Science Study Guide was created for a busy mom of many children. This teaching outline is created for multiple ages in grades K-12. The easy to follow lesson plans are broken down by grade levels: K-3, 4-8, and grades 9-12. There are more than 350 activities and experiments that your children can choose from.  All of the lesson plans include a teaching outline for each day of the week. There are suggestions and tips on how to incorporate daily Bible time with scriptures to back up what you are learning. Since this is unit study based, there are even ways to incorporate math, geography and history, language arts and even music into your studies! I really enjoy the blank planning pages that you can use to record notes, field trip ideas or any special videos, or podcasts that you want to listen to that week to go along with what you are learning.

This series has even made Cathy Duffy’s 100 and 102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum!

To enrich your studies even further, you will really enjoy using the Hands-On Science Experiment Activity Pack. This packet saves you a lot of time as it has all the printables you need to create your very own science notebook. You can even copy them for use with multiple children. The printable packet includes: experiment pages, vocabulary pages, notebooking pages, crossword puzzles, hands-on activities, and science games! You can get this as an instant download in the Creation Bundle.

Want a sample of the Creation Science book? – Right here!

These podcasts from Creation Science Podcast will be a great accompaniment to this study and would be good to listen to in the car or during the week while you are going through the book.

Creation Matters – Why creation is important, and why you should teach about it in your homeschool and to your children.

Biblical Creation Terminology – Learn the definition of Biblical creation and learn the different terminology that you will encounter in the Creation Science Curriculum. This would be great to start your lessons off with!

Creation and Evolution Beliefs – In this podcast, Felice shares her research with a creation scientist and discusses the Creation Science Curriculum.

What Happened to the Dinosaurs? – Your children will enjoy this podcast about dinosaurs with evidence that points back to what happened with the flood.

 

 

Avoid Homeschool Curriculum Pitfalls

Homeschool Curriculum Pitfalls | Avoiding homeschool curriculum pitfalls is easy if you look for certain indicators. Have you ever purchased curriculum you never used or really didn't need? | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast

Watch Out! Homeschool Curriculum Pitfalls Ahead!

Avoiding homeschool curriculum pitfalls is easy if you look for certain indicators. Have you ever purchased curriculum you never used or really didn’t need? As a brand new homeschooler, I felt that I had to surround myself with books, games, and manipulatives. In this way, I felt I was ensuring that my children received a quality education. In my zeal to do my best I found I was overbuying and overwhelming myself and my children. There was not enough time in the day to do each and every book.

Time! It became our enemy and I soon realized if I didn’t change my homeschool approach I would not homeschool for the duration of the children’s school-aged years. Fast forward and the following tips are the culmination of my 32 years of homeschooling.

Homeschool Curriculum Pitfalls:

  1. Buying a homeschool curriculum you will never use.
  2. Buying curriculum because it “looks” good without knowing if it will work for your family.
  3. Buying before you have an idea of what subjects you will teach.
  4. Buying before you look at what topics/ subjects you “should” (loosely used here) teach each year.
  5. Buying every grade of a curriculum because it is on sale.

Friends, it takes some research to buy a curriculum. One year I really liked a vendor presentation and bought one of each and every grade level of the curriculum because it was at a “conference only” special price. After one year we realized this was not for us. I ended up giving it to a friend.

Look at your children, I mean really look at them. Do you know if you teach something of interest they will be excited to learn? Yes, I understand we have to get through some of the must-dos like math, reading, and writing. But what if your child really wants to study oceans? You can teach so many subjects through science.

Homeschool Curriculum Planning Pitfalls Include:

  1. Disorganization
  2. Planning more than you can accomplish
  3. Thinking you have to do every problem on every page
  4. Lack of expectation (or over expectation)
  5. Not taking time to reevaluate if something isn’t working

Your Children Are Special! 

  1. Really look at your child. Look at their likes, dislikes and how they learn.
  2. Talk to your child. Is there something special they are interested in learning?
  3. How can you teach all of your children especially if they are different ages/ grades?
  4. Can you teach some of the children together in history or science for example?
  5. How will you encourage your child’s God-given gifts?

Another homeschool curriculum pitfall is wasting money and time. Both are a commodity that homeschool parents can not afford. If you have any questions ask! Be sure to join a curriculum publisher’s email group, Facebook page and ask other users and buyers what they think about a particular book or curriculum. Be sure to ask for sample pages and return policy. In other words, if the curriculum does not work for you do not be fearful or returning it!

Most of all be encouraged! On our worst year of homeschooling, we still did grow as a family and the kids learned despite the mistakes I felt I made that year. We reverted to reading biographies, doing hands-on projects and getting through the year with many student lead projects while I looked into what I wanted to teach the next year and the books I thought would be a great fit! We’ve got your back and hope you are encouraged on this blog and the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network! Go forth and teach!

Creation Anatomy: A Study Guide to the Miracles of the Body is great for ALL ages

Having multiple children in different grades, I have found that we really enjoy a curriculum that we can all use together. Science is one of those subjects that can easily be done with all ages if you have the right curriculum and guide to help you with that. If your children are interested in learning about the human body, you are going to enjoy using this study guide from Media Angels.

Look for a sample of the Creation Anatomy Study Guide below!
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Creation Anatomy: A Study Guide to the Miracles of the Body will help your entire family to learn about the wonderful systems in the body and how we are incredibly made. Your children will learn how to refute the errors of evolution by learning how the entire body system defies Darwin’s theory of evolution! The complexity of our bodies and how all the parts work together, point straight to God, the Intelligent Designer. It is so refreshing to teach science from a Creation Science, Christian World View and not worry about evolution!

This Creation Anatomy Study Guide makes teaching multiple ages very easy, and keeps science fun and engaging! The book includes easy to follow lesson plans with a teaching outline for grades K-12. There are outlines and lesson plans that are easy to plan as they are broken down by grades K-3, 4-8, and 9-12. There are over 300 activities and experiments that you can pick and choose from. I love how the Lesson Plans include a teaching outline for each day of the week and how to incorporate Bible time with scriptures, language arts, math history, music and art suggestions. There is also an empty planning page for you to record what you will be doing for that week, which makes it very easy to customize to pick and choose what you would like to do.

This series has even made Cathy Duffy’s 100 and 102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum!

To make the book even more enriching, you are going to love the Hands-On Science Experiment Activity Pack. This packet has printables that you can copy for use with your whole family. There are printable vocabulary pages, experiments, notebooking pages, crossword puzzles and more. These would be great to create your very own Creation Anatomy science notebook. You can get this as an instant download in the Creation Bundle.

If you want to learn more about Teaching Creation Anatomy you will enjoy listening to this episode of the Creation Science Podcast.

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Here is a sample of the Creation Anatomy Study Guide! Right Here – (right click or command-click to open)

Until March 25th, you can get the Creation Anatomy Study Guide along with 39 other products valued at $500 when you make a donation to help a local homeschool mom fight her battle with cancer! You can grab all these awesome products HERE!

FREE March Homeschool Curriculum Buying Guide

It’s never too early to start planning your homeschool curriculum out for next year. Remember this is only available for a limited time.

No matter how many years you have been homeschooling, curriculum shopping can be downright overwhelming! For this month’s subscriber bonus, Felice has created a homeschool curriculum shopping guide to help you get started on your planning and ease some stress. A lot of homeschool groups are already getting a head start on their planning for Fall. With the end of the school year approaching, it’s a great time to start thinking about what you want to do for next year.

If it seems too early, you can keep this guide for when you are ready to begin shopping. Just make sure you download it before the month is up so you don’t miss out on all of the wonderful tips!

Included in this curriculum buying guide:

  • Curriculum Buying Tips
  • Creating Goals Spreadhseet
  • Curriculum Traps
  • Homeschool Check Up
  • Schedules and Planning
  • 4 Square Planner
  • Comparing Curriculum
  • One Week Unit Studies
  • Two Week Unit Studies
  • Topics to Study for Kids
  • Printables and Scripture Copywork
  • Journaling Pages
  • And More!

You will enjoy the many different forms to help you with your planning as well as the fun activities for your children, like the free unit studies! When I have a big task at hand, I love finding fun things for my children to do to free up time for me to research and pray for my new year. These printables will allow your children to study or research a fun topic while you plan out your new year.

You can receive this curriculum buying guide and a new freebie bonus pack each month by clicking HERE to sign up now!