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The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls Book Review

You may recall a few months back when we reviewed books three and four of The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls series from WorthyKids Books. Well – we loved them then and we love books five and six as well. If you haven’t heard of them before – let’s get to the introduction.  The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: The Shepherd’s Stone (Book 5) and The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls:  The Lion’s Road (Book 6). The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls is a bible-based adventure series of paperback books. Peter, Mary and their dog embark on a different adventure in every book that takes them through a bible story that kids will love. They are just hanging out living their life at their Great-Uncle Solomon’s house. When they hear the lions roar – they are off on the adventure. Throughout the story, they have to solve a secret scroll message. In The Shepherd’s Stone – they meet David while he is tending his sheep. They follow along with him as he brings food to his brothers in Bethlehem and then as he fights Goliath. Each step of their journey presents them with the opportunity to see God at work in the life of David. We loved the way Hank and Mary got to hear how much David trusted in God. As they journey through Death Valley, we read about how Satan tries to deter us but how God is there to keep us safe. A powerful message. The adventure is very captivating and the kids always ask for more than one chapter a night. I love having these amazing stories that I can read with the kids or they can read to themselves. Finding quality stories with good values that I want my kids to read can be challenging but The Secret of the Scrolls totally nails it. The kids and I love the stories. At the end of the book – there will be a few different bible verses you can read that point to different events in the story. In The Lion’s Roar – some of these verses point to the story of David and the Israelites being captured, Daniel in the lion’s den and more. While the story itself is an adventure – it brings into perspective for the kids that the story is really a bible adventure. The story is told in such a fun way that keeps us wanting to read more – and waiting for the newest book to release. Keep your eyes peeled – book 7 all be here soon. Now that you know what these books are all about and how much our family loves reading them – I have a surprise. You can enter to win the entire set – books 1 through 7 AND they are choosing three winners. Awesome, right?! Make sure you enter because you WANT these books in your kids’ hands.   Read what others are saying about The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls by clicking the image […]

Bringing Bible Stories to Life with Secret of the Hidden Scrolls {Book Review}

[…]time, especially a series that I can dig into.  That’s why I’m excited to share The Secret of the Hidden Scroll series with you.   The kids and I look forward to bedtime so we can snuggle up all together in my bed and read some stories. When we started reading The Great Escape {Book 3} from WorthyKids, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, we were all hooked from the lion’s roar. We were only a chapter into this one and couldn’t wait to read Journey to Jericho {Book 4}. In the words of my favorite eight-year-old, “We have to get the first two books!”  I’m pretty sure my daughter could relate to Mary so much because of her love of books. In each adventure, Mary, Peter, and Hank are off to solve the Secret of the Hidden Scrolls. They have a certain amount of time to solve the phrase on each script. As the adventure goes on, the trio ends up having to escape different situations and the scroll in Peter’s bag ALWAYS starts shaking at an inopportune time. We love when the kids uncover a word on the scroll because then we have to pause the story for the kids to guess what the rest of the scroll says. Once they solve it all, the trio is transported back to Great-Uncle Solomon’s house. Reading The Great Escape, the kids and I kept wondering throughout the chapters who the mysterious great magician was. We knew he was significant in the story and discovering his role was kind of an ah-ha moment.  There are great pictures throughout the story and my six-year-old may not sit still while we read but when he knows there is a picture, he is right there to soak it all in as he listens to the story. After the story ends, there is a section that shows you where to go to read more about the events from the story in the Bible, broken down by sections. This part is taken from About the Author section but it perfectly describes this series. Mike combines biblical accuracy with adventure, imagination and characters who are dear to his heart I love this description.  We love the suspense in the story and the way that it brings our own emotions into the story as if we were really there.  When Princess Shephara’s brother died, we all felt her sadness as we read that part of the story.  When Peter had to quickly hide in the bushes in Journey to Jericho, we held our breath hoping he didn’t get caught.  Then when Hank disappeared, we {as a total animal loving family} were really worried about what happened to him.  Bringing our feelings into the story made it so much more exciting as we were reading through it.  I already have books 1 {The Beginning} and 2 {Race to the Ark} in my shopping cart because we are finishing the last chapter of Journey to Jericho and can’t wait to start reading the first two books in the series and we really hope there are more! They are recommended for ages 6-9 and I would say that is pretty accurate.  I’m reading them to my 8, 6 and 4-year-old but my oldest could definitely read these herself. We really love the Secrets of the Hidden Scrolls series and after we finish them, they go on my daughter’s bookshelves for her to read to me at bedtime.  Check out what some of my fellow blogger friends have to say about them as […]
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Books We Love: February Book List

[…]links may be included in this post.* Balto of the Blue Dawn by Mary Pope Osborne The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls Book Three: The Great Escape by M. J. Thomas Meet Addy {American Girl} by Connie Porter So Tall Within – Sojourner Truth’s Long Walk Toward Freedom by Gary D. Schmidt What Do You Do With a Problem? by Kobi Yamada The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls Book Four Journey to Jericho by M. J. Thomas Waiting for Winter by Sebastian Meschenmoser Bear Grylls Adventures The River Challenge by Bear Grylls Monkeys by Lucy Bowman How About a Kiss For Me? by Todd Tarpley The Very Stuffed Turkey by Katharine Kenah Elephants by James Maclaine Cars Thunder and Lightning by Katherine Emmons Harry the Homeless Puppy by Holly Webb The Clown of God by Tomie DePaola Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright Lizards by James McLaine   Every month when I write these, I feel like we haven’t read very much except that I know we have read a lot.  Many books day after day and lots of chapter […]

What the Homeschool Review Crew Means to Us

[…]to use it enough to form an opinion and share a quality review is important to me. Here are some of the products we have reviewed over this past year. Smartick Online Math Program Creating a Masterpiece The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls Books 5 and 6 Memoria Press Literature Guide Home School In The Woods Crafty Classroom USA Activity Bundle Pack Matific Galaxy Chronicles of Minnesota State Notebook Hey, Mama Homeschool Planner Supercharged Science Big Bible Science Nothing – Book Review Pathway to Liberty CrossWired Science Heroes of History Year-Long STEM Challenge ARTistic Pursuits, Inc Homeschool Complete Singapore Dimensions Math The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls Books 3 and 4 IXL Learning For the Temple SchoolhouseTeachers.com Then there were some video reviews. I’m loving doing these – and still tweaking what I want them to look like since I haven’t done a lot of these in the past. HIGASFY Art History Learning Dynamics Reading Program The Kingdom Code Simply Classical Spelling Supercharged Science Typing Tournament Techie Homeschool Mom Rhythm & Writing Many of these we still use very regularly – either because the kids love them or I love them. Most of them I still wouldn’t know about without the Homeschool Review Crew. If you are a homeschool blogger – you can apply to be a crew member right now. Find out what being part of the Homeschool Review Crew means.   If you have read this far – I’d love to hear what you are really looking for when researching curriculum for your family so leave a comment below! Have a great […]

Books We Love: Time Travel History Chapter Books for Kids

[…]kids everywhere seem to love them, not sure what my youngest thinks yet, we haven’t read one of them. These books take Jack and Annie on an adventure every time the magic tree house appears in the woods. Where will they go next? The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls. You may have heard of these, I’ve mentioned them a few times before. We really enjoyed this series. Peter, Mary and their dog, Hank discover ancient scrolls that transport them back to periods of time in biblical history. Each book takes readers on a journey through different Bible stories. There is also a dark force in each book trying to stop them. I’ve loved everything about this series!  Want to read a more in depth review, we have written about them twice.   Ranger in Time. Ranger is a time-traveling golden retriever who transports back in time to some great adventure. We discovered this series when a friend’s kid was reading one for a school assignment. You had us at the word dog! Anything animal related will always sit well with my kids and these stories are no exception. Wherever Ranger goes, there ends up being trouble but Ranger is there to save the day! These time-travel history chapter books are so fun for kids to read {or listen to you read} because they are about kids around their age going on these super exciting adventures! I KNOW that I haven’t discovered all of the amazing books that we need to so please – let me know if you have discovered a time-travel book that we need to check out! Looking for more great books to read? Check out weekly books we love feature. What should we read […]
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$80 Diaper Junction #Giveaway

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3 Ways to Have an Even Better Popcorn and Movie Night {Introducing the Perfect Pop App}

[…]can be downloaded for free from the App Store onto your iPhone 5+ on iOS 7+.  Then, put the bag of Pop Secret popcorn into the microwave and enter the suggested cooking time located on the package.  This app is designed to only work with Pop Secret popcorn.  Then, turn up the volume on your iPhone.  Point the phone’s speaker towards the microwave and keep within 3 feet.  Start the microwave, then start the app.  While the popcorn is popping, keep your eyes on your iPhone for some fun facts and trivia.  The app listens to your popcorn popping and tells you the precise moment when your popcorn is perfect! You can say Goodbye to burned popcorn and hello to the best movie nights ever! Pop Secret is really excited about the new Perfect Pop app.  Not only do they want you to go download the FREE app, but they would love for you to take this quick, one question  brand survey.   What do you do to make movie night even better in your house?  What are some of your favorite […]
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Books We Love: Toliver’s Secret

[…]this story during the morning when we do our book work for school, my son would fight it, goof off, who knows what – but we wouldn’t enjoy the story. I decided to read it at bedtime and guess what – we both just want to keep reading every night. It is part of the extra recommended reading for Notgrass history that we are doing with Charlie. You can view other books we love – let me know below what one of your favorite books of the week has […]

Books We Love: You Choose

[…]so you will keep finding new things on each page as you go through it.  It’s not much of a storybook, but there is so much to talk about on each page.  {My secret, I like to pick a theme as we go and have fun with it throughout the story}.  Tell me – what will You Choose?       Each week we feature the books we love so be sure to check them all […]

Our First Camping Trip in a Tent

[…]the next day and excitedly said, “We want to do this again next year but for two days with all of the same people!” So, now I’m shopping for a few more things to get us ready for our trip. Working on some sleeping bags for all four of us, some sleeping pads,  and a cast iron pan for cooking over the fire. That’s what we are getting for Christmas this year, camping gear! If you are a camping family – what are your must haves or tips to make this a fun and memorable experience for us? Any must see places in Ohio? We are for sure going to Hocking Hills but after that, not sure what all we will do yet. I love the Roadtrippers app so what do I need to add to our things to do on vacation […]

Books We Love: Women of the Bible

[…]I could do that was not super time intensive but that I could fit into my days.  I put Women of the Bible on my Secret Santa list last year and got it.  I enjoy this bible study as I learn more about the women of the bible.  I know for me – there are plenty of times I am reading about someone and can really relate it to my life in a way that I obviously needed to read at that moment.  The daily lessons go over her story, her life and times, her legacy and scripture that guides you to dig deeper with thought-provoking questions about the bible verses relating to her, her promise and her legacy of prayer.   It is designed as a Monday through Friday thing. Books We Love is our way of sharing a different book we love every week, this week I decided to add a book I love instead of one of the kids’ […]

Mom Blog Monday

[…]word. However, you aren’t required to. Please be sure to link up to the correct Social Media of the Week and leave us a comment so we can follow you back! THIS WEEK’S FEATURED MEDIA IS […]

Cheeky Cloth *Review*

[…]that is just a look thing, still works great. Overall, I love this diaper!  It is definitely one of the cutest diapers in our stash! Head on over to Cheeky Cloth and check out these diapers.  Or, stay up to date by liking Cheeky Cloth on Facebook. What is your favorite diaper from Cheeky Cloth on Etsy? *Disclosure:  I received the above mentioned product for the purpose of this review.  All opinions are 100% my own and influenced only by my experience with the product and […]

10 Ways We Use Lemon Oil

Since we have been going through the oils one by one that are part of the Young Living Premium Starter Kit, today we will tackle lemon oil.   When it comes to essential oils, everybody has their favorites, and lemon oil is one of my favorites.  Not only is it a very affordable essential oil, but it has so many uses and it just plain smells amazing!   Lemon oil is strong, purifying, citrus scent that is revitalizing and uplifting.   Here are 10 ways we use Lemon essential oil at our house. Nausea This may just be me, but this last pregnancy, I was quite nauseous.  I figured it couldn’t hurt to try something different since I didn’t want to get sick, so I started keeping the bottle of lemon oil in my pocket and just inhaling it when I started feeling sick. Remove glue, adhesive or crayon Having a 2 and 4 year old and a lot of friends around, there is a good chance that we will find crayon or sticker residue on the floor or the wall on occasion.  Use 1-2 drops of lemon oil to help remove that. Clean and Sanitize Adding 2-3 drops of lemon oil to a spray bottle of water, you can clean around the house and it smells so good! Improve your mood Either by adding a few drops to a cotton ball or simply inhaling this fresh scent, you can revitalize your mind, body and spirit. Clean your carpets Add 10–15 drops of lemon essential oil to a gallon of carpet cleaning solution to help pull out stains, brighten carpet and rugs, and leave a fresh smell in the room. Deoderize your refrigerator Place a few drops of lemon oil on a cotton ball and place it in the fridge to help eliminate odors. Balance your skin Add a drop to your skin to help balance and minimize oil production. Add to water Add a drop or two of lemon oil to your water or tea for a refreshing pick me up. Help eliminate coughs By mixing with a carrier oil and applying on the neck, or rubbing on the feet, or even diffusing it, this can help kick that cough.  We use this a lot in the diffuser in the kids’ room if they have a cough. Cooking Lemon oil can be used in cooking for marinades to add that delicious lemon flavor. When applying lemon oil to the skin, direct exposure of that area of the skin to sunlight should be avoided for at least 12 hours. Edited to add:  My niece had tons of blackheads in her ears.  I applied a drop of lemon oil to the tip of a q-tip and rubbed it on the blackheads.  Within 2 days, almost all of them were gone.  This was after they had tried multiple other things with no results.   Disclosure:  None of the information available on Our Piece of Earth has been evaluated or approved by the FDA.  These articles should not replace using personal judgment or seeking medical treatment when needed.  They are also not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  Talk with your health care provider or a certified aromatherapist before using essential oils.  All essential oils are not created equal, so do your research prior to using.   These are just some of the many uses for lemon oil.  This is absolutely one of my must have oils.  What are your favorite uses? If you are ready to pick up some lemon oil and put it to work at your house, you can find out how to order these oils here.  You can find more great articles on essential oils by visiting this page.  As always, if you have questions, please use the contact me here. Related articles 10 Ways We Use Thieves Oil Orange and Lemon Essential Oil #Giveaway 10 Ways We Use Lavender Essential […]

Blankets Make Great Gifts

[…]ten minutes and the kids were all sitting on the couch cuddled under the blanket because it is so soft. They all steal it every time. It gets better though, this thing is unbelievable warm! It is a sherpa fleece blanket and I’ve never used a blanket like it. Just go buy it, it’s amazing. Like – really amazing. And it will make an amazing gift. In fact, I ordered another one last week as a Secret Santa gift for a blanket […]

Books We Love: The Magic Attic Club Megan’s Masquerade

[…]my kids. We recently discovered a new series that my daughter diligently read through the backs of the books to see what would interest her. Well – one book in and her and I both asked for the rest! The Magic Attic Club is about a group of friends who visit one of the friends’ attic and are magically transported back in time. In Megan’s Masquerade, Megan is transported back in time to the Revolutionary War. While some of the characters in the story are imaginary, many are very real characters – Thomas Jefferson, etc.. A super fun story to read as Megan journeys through dangerous territory to deliver a very important message about the war. We will be over here reading through the rest of the series if you need us. While you wait – be sure to check out other books we […]
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Books We Love: How to Win a Nobel Prize

[…]is a great way to learn about twelve Nobel prize winners. Here is the description from the back of the book. Mary has always wanted to win a Nobel Prize.  She loves doing science experiments at home.  But how can she become a real scientist and win the greatest prize of all?  One day Mary stumbles on a secret meeting of Nobel Prize winners.  Swearing her to secrecy, Professor Barry Marshall agrees to be her guide as she travels around the world and through time to learn the secrets behind some of the most fascinating and important scientific discoveries.  They talk space and time with Albert Einstein, radiation with Marie Curie, DNA with Crick, Watson and Wilkins – and much more.  Join Mary on her time-travel adventure and perform your own experiments along the way! Each Nobel Prize winner chapter also contains an experiment for you to try at home to learn more.   Join us on a time-travel adventure learning about some incredible people.   This book is part of our books we love series.  Each week we are sharing a book we love – follow along by clicking this link – Books We Love. […]

Celebration Day #25 AI2 Diaper from Diaper Donks

[…]her fabulous AI2 but to also giveaway 1 to a lucky fan 🙂  I would like to thank Jennifer from the bottom of my heart for her wonderful generosity in not only giveaway her product but also in helping to celebrate Baby K’s 1st Birthday!!!  Thank you Jennifer!!  You can also find Jennifer and Diaper Donks on Hyena Cart. A Little about Diaper Donks AI2 Turned & Top-stiched One Size All in Two Cloth Diaper.  Features a  Cotton Woven Outer & PUL front panel, a hidden layer of waterproof PUL, and a soft cushy Micro chamois or Wicking Jersey inner to help keep babies bottom dry. They include a snake style snap in soaker made of Heavy Organic Bamboo Fleece and topped with Cotton or Organic Bamboo Velour. One Size Fits Most 10-32lbs, All Diapers now come with Fold Over Rise Snaps. a Rafflecopter giveaway <a href=”http://rafl.es/enable-js”>You need javascript enabled to see this […]
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