Thursday, October 30, 2014

Peachtree City Adventures - From Air Aerobatics to Zombies There's Something for Everyone

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A few weeks ago we visited Peachtree City for a short weekend getaway. It was our first time visiting this spectacular city and we fell in love. Peachtree City is located just 26 miles South of Atlanta and is the perfect place to live, work or play.

In the 1950's a group of developers joined forces to build a planned community on over 12,000 acres in Fayette County.And in 1959 Peachtree City was chartered. There are 5 villages in Peachtree City each connected by over 90 miles of multi-use recreational and golf cart paths. Peachtree City's current villages are Aberdeen, Braelinn, Glenloch, Kedron, and Wilksmoor and each has their own shopping areas, elementary schools, recreational parks, facilities and more. There is something for everyone in this amazing city including outdoor recreation, leisure activities, nationally recognized festivals and more.

During our visit we stayed at the beautiful, serene Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree Hotel. And we had the opportunity to catch the breathtaking plane stunts at The Great Georgia AirShow, geocache on the Peachtree City pathways and tour film locations on The Southern Hollywood Film Tour.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Clued In Kids Treasure Hunts Review

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Clued in Kids was launched in 2013 by a Helen Bertelli. Creating treasure hunts for a living was always a childhood dream of hers and making her dream come true was quite a journey. She started out creating treasure hunts for children in her neighborhood and when she had her own children she continued creating treasure hunts for them. It was then that she realized 3 things about treasure hunts: they were an incredible, memorable way to teach; they got children moving; and they remind us that life is a journey to a treasure and that if learning and laughter occur along the way, the destination doesn't really matter. Helen's story is quite an amazing one so make sure you visit the website to learn more. 

What child (or adult for that matter) doesn't love scavenger or treasure hunts? 

A moms review:
I absolutely love the Clued In Kids motto, “Treasure The Journey," because that is exactly what our family does on a daily basis. We treasure the fact that we are able to homeschool and go on adventures daily. And we treasure that we get to spend time learning and having fun together. Part of that learning fun for us is geocaching and scavenger hunts. Every week we go on an adventure, armed with our gps in search of a hidden treasure. And for the last year I have been creating my children scavenger hunts for our road trips and visits to various attractions and museums. So when I learned about Clued In Kids I totally jumped at the chance to review the treasure hunts. I know first hand how educational a scavenger hunt can be!

We received the Halloween Treasure Hunt and the Happy Tummy Treasure Hunt. But these are just 2 of the many options available. There are pdf versions as well as clue pads. The two we received were pdf versions. The nice thing about the printable version is that you can use them over and over again. So if you have a group of friends visiting for the day you can introduce them to learning with Clued In Kids too!


It takes just 8-10 minutes to print and set up the treasure hunt and children will have 20-30 minutes of learning fun. The Clued In Kids treasure hunts are suitable for children ages 4 and up. As for the final treasure it can be anything you wish. I stopped by Dollar Tree and picked up a few goodies like dress up clothes and magnetic doodle boards.

These treasure hunts were perfect for our unschooling style and are great for all learning types. They are also perfect for children with special needs and ADHD. My 7 and 8 year old had a blast and were able to complete the activities with very little assistance. They took turns finding the clues so it was a great lesson in teamwork too. Be sure to watch this video to see exactly how it works.

Below are additional details on the two treasure hunts we received:

Halloween Treasure Hunt
In these printable options, parents print out the series of five clues along with the place the next “answer” should be found. Each set requires only 8  minutes of set up time for about 20 minutes of fun and learning! - See more at: http://schoolhousereviewcrew.com/clued-in-kids-review/#sthash.PkY4rJUv.dpuf
Trick or Treasure? The Halloween-themed treasure hunt is great for helping children burn off all that candy they have collected. There are a total of 12 clues to print and hide and each clue has the exact instructions on where to hide them printed at the bottom. Some of the clue hiding places include broom, form, cereal, bike, etc. We didn't have a pumpkin yet which was were the final clue needed to be hidden, so I improvised and hid the clue on our Fall door hanger which happens to have a pumpkin on it! There were also fun activities children had to complete to get a clue from the clue holder (aka mom) like howl or say boo! This treasure hunt is great for 1-10 children. Activities children need to solve include solving riddles, finding hidden pictures, decoding messages, solving math problems and more.

Happy Tummy Treasure Hunt
The Happy Tummy Treasure Hunt helps children learn about health and nutrition. There are 12 clues to print and hide and each clue has the exact instructions on where to hide them printed at the bottom. Some of the clue hiding places include: bed, coats, microwave, bath etc. And there were also some fun activities children had to complete to get a clue from the clue holder (aka mom) like eat a healthy snack (the children really enjoyed this one). This treasure hunt is great for a single child or a group. Activities children need to solve include decoding messages, learning what nutrients are, finding hidden objects, and more.

If you are looking for a way to boost your child's critical thinking skills and get them away from the screen for some good ole' fashioned learning and fun then definitely try Clued In Kids. Believe me when they find out there is treasure involved they will totally be on board!

Freebie:
Visit the Clued In Kids website and subscribe to their newsletter to receive a FREE Homework Reward Treasure Hunt.

Gwyn (8 yrs old) review:
I really liked the treasure hunts. They were lots of fun and we learned some neat things too. My brother and I took turns running around the house to find the clues and at the end we got special treasures. One time the treasure was even hidden in the refrigerator. Sometimes finding the clues were a little hard because we have multiple sock drawers and beds.

Links to follow:
-Clued In Kids Facebook
-Clued In Kids Twitter
-Clued In Kids Pinterest

Where to buy:
Printable treasure hunts are $5.99 and clue books are $8.99 both can be ordered from the Clued In Kids website.

Click here for more Clued In Kids reviews (many different products were reviewed) from the The Schoolhouse Review Crew.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Amazing Zhus Review #TheAmazingZhus

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Cepia, LLC is a master toymaker based out of Missouri that has been bringing smiles to children for years with their fun, magical toys. Some of their brands included ZhuZhu Pets, The Happys, Glo E, DageDar and now The Amazing Zhus.

A moms review:
Step right up and prepare to be amazed! Do you remember the ZhuZhu pet craze a few years ago? Well I do. It was all my children wanted for Christmas. Well this year ZhuZhu pets are making a come back and bringing loads of magical, interactive fun!

What child doesn't love magic and magicians? Well with the new Amazing Zhus from Cepia, LLC every child can become a magician. The Amazing Zhus are motorized toys that will amaze and mesmerize your children and their audience as they perform magic tricks and gravity-defying stunts. These toys are intended for children ages 4 and up and guaranteed to keep children busy for hours.

We received an Amazing Zhus pet named Piccadilly and two Amazing Zhus Stunt Accessories, the Disappearing Box Trick and High Dive to review. With an Amazing Zhu and stunt in hand children can amaze their spectators with tantalizing tricks and fantastical feats. It only takes minutes for children to learn how to perform tricks and feats with their Zhu friends, but they will have hours of fun entertaining friends and family.

My children absolutely loved that they were in charge of the show and had tons of fun performing stunts and tricks with their Amazing Zhus for their audience. The first trick they mastered was the disappearing Zhu. The great thing about the Disappearing Box is that you can place anything into the box and watch it disappear and reappear before your eyes. Next they snapped Piccadilly onto her stunt ball to perform her spin-tingling 30 inch free fall into a tiny bucket of water below. The children laughed and giggled over and over again.


There are a total of 6 amazing pets available: The Great Zhu, Madame Zhu, Dynamo, Abra, Piccadilly and The Great Kardini. These pets are so cute that your children will definitely want to collect them all! Unlike the ZhuZhu pets the Amazing Zhus are not fuzzy, but they are still absolutely adorable. They still make lots of fun noises and have 3 operation buttons and 3 modes. The Amazing Zhus Magician Pets (The Great Zhu and Madame Zhu) come with Magician Cards and can correctly guess the answers to the cards - without even looking. They also come with their very own wands and magic hats. Each Amazing Zhu also comes with batteries!!!

There are many amazing accessories to help your children and their Zhus create their own special, unique performances: Magician Shell Game, High Dive, Circus Ball, High Wire, Disappearing Box Trick, Cereal Box, Tomato Can and Train Car Carriers.

But don't take my word for it! Watch the video below to see what my children have to say. You can view additional videos here.


Have you seen The Amazing Zhus in stores yet? What do you think would be your children's favorite Amazing Zhu pet, trick or stunt?

Links to follow:
-The Amazing Zhus Website
-The Amazing Zhus Facebook 
-The Amazing Zhus Twitter 

Where to buy:
The Amazing Zhus will be sold exclusively in Walmart stores nationwide beginning in October, and prices will range from $7.99-$24.99. They will be disappearing off the shelves so make sure you get your hands on one NOW! To learn more about The Amazing Zhus, check them out at their site at AmazingZhus.com.



Monday, October 27, 2014

New Liberty - Anthem For A Nation DVD Review

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New Liberty Videos is a family-owned Christian company dedicated to producing quality family friendly, educational DVDs. The company was founded by Brian Barkley, a former Hollywood television editor who became a follower of Jesus in 1977 while producing the documentary "Set Free."

A moms review: 
We received a copy of Anthem for a Nation to review and have watched it a few times over the last several weeks. This American history documentary explores the qualities that make America great. The DVD is about 42 minutes long  and also includes 2 special features.

Anthem for a Nation is recommended for a general audience, however it is recommended that parents preview the video before showing it to their children as there may be subjects that you are not ready to discuss with younger children yet. I watched this DVD with my 8 and 7 year old and there was definitely at least one topic that I had to discuss with them further afterwards, and that was the topic of abortion.

The video offers a Christian worldview on the history of America. The message is very powerful and explains the question, "why has America prospered like no other nation in the history of the World?" It is a known fact that America was founded on Christian principles, but did you know that there is actually scripture carved into many of the historical monuments? Or that the several federal building and monuments in Washington, D.C form a perfect cross when viewed aerially? Or that the 10 Commandments hang above the Chief Justice in the United States Supreme Court? These were just some of the many interesting facts we learned from this DVD. 

Throughout the documentary there are beautiful patriotic music pieces and breathtaking scenes depicting American life, history and landscapes. In between the various montages the narrator tells viewers about the Christian background of our nation. He shares facts about the constitution, government buildings, and how God has been systematically removed from our nation's principles over the years. And he dives into how the Bible and prayer have been removed from public schools.

We enjoyed the film and my children found it very engaging. Though I didn't fully agree with every aspect of the film, I did enjoy all the fantastic facts about the history of our nation and do feel that it is important for my children to learn about the founding principles of our country and why we are able to enjoy so many of the freedoms we have today.

Our country is definitely in dire need of help for many reasons and this DVD encourages Christians to renew the qualities and freedom our country was founded on to preserve it for future generations.

The additional features were really amazing and a great bonus for us since we are currently learning about WWII. In the first special feature Maria Anne Hirschmann tells her amazing story of living in Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia. In the second special feature Kitt Werthmann tells her story of growing up in Austria under Hitler's regime.

After watching the documentary we decided to do some further research. We hopped online and took a virtual fieldtrip to some of the monuments and  places that were shown in the film and learned more about each of them.

You can view a 15 minute preview here.

Where to buy:
New Liberty Videos can be purchased for just $14.95 each + FREE shipping. If you order multiple DVDs you can save money!

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Blast Off Into Space

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We had tons of fun with the Poppins Book Nook blog series last year and we will be continuing that fun all throughout 2014. This month's theme was, "Beyond Our Planet!" Keep reading to learn more about the books we read and crafts we made. There is also a giveaway is at the end of the post! To check out all of our past Poppins Book Nook posts click here.

Books:
We started out reading just one book Space: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House: Midnight on the Moon, but while working on our project below we ended up utilizing two more. The other two books had fun exploring were The Astronomy Book and The Stargazer's Guide To The Night Sky.

Craft Project: 
Here is the fun craft project we did to go along with this months theme.

Melted Crayon Planets:
So this project did not go entirely as planed, but it was still tons of fun and it does look great. It was definitely a messy project and parental supervision is needed. My children choose to do all the planets and make a giant board with them, but you can just do your favorite planet or make up your very own planet creation. You could even add glitter into the melted crayon to make a sparkly planet. Note the planets will crack a little as they dry, but it just adds to the look.

Materials:
-Crayons
-Thick cardstock
-Microwave
-Scissors
-Grater, rock, butter knife
-Paper plates
-Rubber glove

 
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