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Homeschool Support Group- It’s Important to Me

I’m a mom and I write this from my perspective but I cannot imagine it would be so far-fetched to believe that homeschool dads, especially those who are in the primary teaching role, would have the same sentiments.

On the second and last Tuesday of each month I meet up with some moms that homeschool. The first Tuesday we meet at Starbucks inside of a Barnes & Noble. I travel 40 minutes to be there. The second meet up is at a cozy little European cafe that is 25 minutes away. This is our family’s fourth year of homeschooling and honestly, the first time I’ve been able to meet face-to-face, in person, with other homeschooling moms has come just within the last few months. One group is specific to the method we use in homeschooling –Charlotte Mason -while the other is called Moms Night Out and is for homeschooling moms of any kind, just to hang out.

There are many many support groups and forums on the internet that are open to homeschooling parents for help with just about anything you can think of. And for most of the homeschooling journey thus far, I’ve only had those groups to look to for support. My family, immediate and extended are supportive of our homeschooling as well so that helps. I have always been very grateful for the groups I am part of. And there are so many more, I’m sure that I have not even heard of.

But it wasn’t until that first meeting with other moms –without my kiddos tagging along -that I realize just how much I’ve wanted to be with other moms, in person. I’m not a very social person; rather an introvert actually. Online is really a great place for me. I prefer email to phone calls or texting.

So why are these groups, online or in person, so important to me? Here are some reasons:

  • It helps me to see I am not alone. I am not alone in my feelings that I want something different than the public schools can offer. That I am not alone in wanting to actually be with my kids. And that I am not alone in feeling frustrations and joys that many other parents don’t understand or want to even think about.
  • It helps me see things from a different perspective. In both of my groups, the women are diverse. We are not cookie cutter homeschooling moms. We come from different backgrounds and even if we use the same ‘method’ we might use a different curriculum. And although I would go so far as to say we are all Christian, we do not all hold to the same way of worshiping. These differences bring to our groups enlightenment and enrichment.
  • It lets me get out and do something different. When I am home with my kids, it’s a 365/24/7 job. There is not a break. But just those 2 hours each Tuesday- so about 4 hours a month- I get to drink a coffee (or eat a tasty European dish) and talk with other grown-ups. There are plenty of times when I am so tired and frustrated with it being the same thing every single day that it can be almost too much. I love my ‘job’ and would not trade it for anything but those times that I spend with those other moms just help me.
  • I get a break. This might possibly be the best reason for me. As I mentioned earlier, being a homeschool mom, and a stay-at-home one to boot, I do the same things every day. It can get monotonous and cause burnout. I don’t want to burnout. My kids don’t want me to burnout -whether they know it or not. This helps a lot.

I am not going to suggest specific groups that I think you should look up or join because we are all so different (even those of us who are so alike). What’s good for me and one hundred other moms (and dads) might not be good for another one hundred moms and dads. What I will suggest is that you look for a group. Online or in person, whichever you can find. Whichever suits you better. But find one. If you are feeling no stress in your homeschooling journey- that is wonderful! Find a group to share that with another mother or father who is not feeling so calm and laid back, who is feeling the pressure. Let them know that it is alright.

I am so very very thankful that I found (lol- they both actually found me- thank you, God) these two groups. We as a homeschooling family were doing ‘okay’ before but I think that we are doing much better now because I get some ‘down’ time, I call it; time to get feedback on my ideas; time to just be with other moms who understand (or at least pretend to *wink*).

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Activity Bags Review – Schoolhouse Review Crew

Activity Bags Review - Finding Beauty - susangodfrey.comAs a member of The Schoolhouse Review Crew, I was recently able to try out 4 really wonderful ebooks from Activity Bags: Science Experiments in a Bag Ebook 1, Science Experiments in a Bag Ebook 2, Science Experiments in a Bag Ebook 3, and Math Games in a Bag.

About Activity Bags

Activity Bags books all come in PDF ebook format and are a fun way to add learning games to your homeschool day.  If you’re anything like me, you’ve learned that if you can make learning fun, then your kids learn and retain the information better.

Each book contains all the information and pritables that you need to assemble the games/activities.  I love that they also encourage you to assemble the, as a group to exchange.  They provide a free Coordinators Handbook just for this purpose.  This is a GREAT way to assemble these games/activities, as each person assembles multiples of a couple of them to share with the group.  This allows you to be able to purchase some items in bulk at a discounted price which makes it even cheaper to assemble them.

Assembling the games/activities is easy.  All you need to do is gather the supplies for each activity/game, print out the masters from the ebook for each game you are assembling,  and then tuck them into a gallon sized ziplock bag for storage.  Easy Peasy!  Once assembled, you are ready for some educational fun!  The games are mostly designed for 2 or more players and they are geared toward grades K-8.

We received 4 books to review:

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Science Experiments in a Bag Ebook 1 – This book contains 25 experiments for biology, nature, and general science.  It costs $15.

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Science Experiments in a Bag Ebook 2 – This book contains 25 experiments for chemistry, the human body,  and general science.  It costs $15.

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Science Experiments in a Bag Ebook 3 – This book contains 25 experiments for chemistry.  It costs $15.

You can purchase Books 1 & 2 in a bundle set for only $27 or you can get a bundle with all 3 books for $39 (a $6 savings!)

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Math Games in a Bag – This book contains 33 math games and costs $15.

They also have books with Preschool Activities (2), Reading Games, Travel Activities, and Daily Activity Journals.

My Thoughts on Activity Bags

I have to say, I’m highly impressed with Activity Bags.  My son loves playing games and doing science experiments, so this was a BIG hit at our house.  The games and experiments are really easy to assemble and many times we already had the “ingredients” around.  We have a lot of homeschoolers in our church and I can see doing a swap really soon with these Activity Bags.

Riley’s favorites have to have been the Science Experiments in a Bag books.  He loved making salt crystals and volcanoes.  The experiments are hands-on and fun.  He’s also been struggling with math of the Math Games in a Bag were so helpful in encouraging him to strengthen his math skills.

I am actually going to be using these books a lot in the next couple of months.  I’ve decided to make up quite a few of them for my nieces as a Christmas present for my nieces.  My sister-in-law is homeschooling her 5 girls and it’s always hard to pick gifts for them.  So I though that these would be perfect as a gift.

I really think Activity Bags are a great way to add some fun into your homeschool.  I really can’t recommend them high enough.  They are reasonably priced and are chock full of homeschooling fun.  I suggest you run out an purchase them today!

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Samson’s Classroom Review – Schoolhouse Review Crew

As a member of he Schoolhouse Review Crew, I recently was able to try out a subscription to Samson’s Classroom in exchange for a review.

About Samson’s Classroom

Samson’s Classroom is an online educational program that encourages children to become better readers.  Within the program there are three sub-programs: Sight Words With Samson, Spelling With Samson, and Reading With Samson.

 

It is intended to be used with grades K-5.  Samson’s Classroom has many payment options:

$30 per year for a home use account, which covers 1 user.
$50 per year for a family use account, which covers up to 4 users.
$80 per year for a classroom use account, which covers up to 30 users

There are also many other subscriptions available, see their website for the full subscription rates.

Sight Words With Samson helps children master 224 of the most commonly used words in the English language.  The program uses a 5 step process to help children learn these words.  They learn through a variety of games.

Spelling With Samson helps children learn to spell over 5,000 words.  The list is exhaustive!  Children learn through a variety of games.  You can even create your own spelling lists which can include up to 30 words.

Reading With Samson focuses on reading comprehension.  The child is asked to read a passage and is presented with 10 questions about the reading.   There are four different levels in the Reading With Samson program.

There is also a resource center where parents can find articles and printables such as awards, lesson plans, and worksheets.

You can try a demo of Samson’s Classroom and be sure to watch this short video for more information.

How We Are Using Samson’s Classroom

We’ve been using Samson’s Classroom as a supplement to the reading program we are currently using.  Although, I am seriously considering using it on a daily basis because Riley is really enjoying it and is learning using it faster than with our current program.

My Thoughts on Samson’s Classroom

Riley (age 8) really seems to be enjoying the program. The games are fun and I’m really seeing some progress in his reading skills.  We are not big users of computer programs for homeschool.  Some of the ones we’ve tried in the past just were not good fits and didn’t work well for us.  They’ve generally caused Riley a great deal of frustration, which in turn frustrates me.  Samson’s Classroom is the exception!  It makes learning fun and Riley really does enjoy it.  Samson’s Classroom has been a hit with Riley and I appreciate the great content and the ease of use.  I would recommend Samson’s Classroom to my friends, it’s a great program!

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Zoo Whiz Review :: Schoolhouse Review Crew

As a member of The Schoolhouse Review Crew, we were recently able to try and review a Premium Subscription to Zoo Whiz.

About Zoo Whiz

Zoo Whiz is an online educational website which helps children ages 5-15 practice their reading, math, grammar, vocabulary and word skills.  Children get to practice these skills by playing games and earning coins which can be used to play additional games in the arcade and to purchase animals to collect.  Children can choose their own characters to play as.

Parents have access their child’s progress reports so that they can monitor their child’s progress.

Children can earn coins for playing the educational content.  Correct answers earn 20 coins.  If the child misses the question they are given a chance to answer 2 more times.  A second chance correct answer earns them 10 coins.  If the child misses the answer the second time, they are given one final time.  If they miss the answer, they lose 10 coins from the total.  Children can spend the coins on all sorts of animals to collect.  The animals cost between 100-5,000 coins.  Or, they can spend the coins in the arcade.  The arcade games cost 50 coins for every three minutes of play.

Zoo Whiz offers both a free subscription and a Premium Subscription.  Premium subscription offers more content, not available in the free subscription.  The current price is $14.95 per year for the premium subscription, which is regularly priced at $59.95 per year.  So the special price will get you 75% off the regular price.

My Thoughts on Zoo Whiz

When we first receive the premium subscription of Zoo Whiz,  Riley (age 8) was really excited.  He loves playing games on his computer and loves animals.  So, I thought he would really enjoy the program.  He did love the animal/zoo theme, but got frustrated playing because it was often too “laggie”.  We have high speed internet and it was a problem on all four of our computers, yet other online gaming plays fine.  I believe that it was the Zoo Whiz program that was the problem, not our internet connection.

I also found that it was too easy to earn coins and Riley spent more time in the arcade than in the educational content.  I also did not like the pop up ads which were annoying considering it was a paid subscription and my kids have crashed more than one computer from clicking on pop ups.

For us, we probably could have gotten along fine with the free subscription.  Riley simply did not have enough of an interest to justify a premium subscription.  He did enjoy playing it occasionally, but would stop playing it after just a little bit because of the lag.  For us, Zoo Whiz was not a good fit, but it may be a good fit for other families.

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Music Together Review – Schoolhouse Review Crew

As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew , I recently was able to try and review the Family Favorites Combo Set from Music Together.

About the Family Favorites Combo Set from Music Together

Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music program for babies through 2nd grade.  They provide music education classes that kids and parents can enjoy together.  Parent participation is key to the program.  The developers of the program, Kenneth K. Guilmartin and Dr. Lili M. Levinowitz philosophy is that:

  1. All children are musical.
  2. Therefore, all children can achieve basic music competence; that is, they can learn to sing in tune and move with accurate rhythm.
  3. The participation and modeling of parents and other primary caregivers is essential to a child’s musical growth.
  4. This growth is best achieved in a playful, musically rich, and non performance-oriented learning environment.

I received the Music Together Family Favorites Combo Set to review.  It comes with the Songbook for Teachers and the companion CD.  It contains 19 fun songs that are sure to become favorites.  The combo set sells for $39.95 which is a $5.00 savings from purchasing them separately.

  How We Used It

When the package arrived, I was so excited to open it up.  I love music and so do both of my kids.  Since my oldest is 19 and my youngest is 8, we were only able to use it with Riley, our 8 year old.  Riley really loves music and so we put the CD on right away to listen to it.  As I said, Riley is 8 (nearly 9), and while he did, somewhat, enjoy the songs, many he complained about being “too baby”.  We worked on a few songs several times per week and did the associated activities.  Some he enjoyed and others he didn’t.  But  being a boy, he did usually enjoy the activities, even if the song was “too baby”.  Often, when it was time to start the program, he could complain and not want to do it.  After we’d get going, he seemed to enjoy it better.  His main complaint was  “Can’t we listen to our usual stuff”, which is usual classical music and/or praise and worship.  We were actually able to adapt some of the activities to use with our “usual” music, which helped some.  Overall, Riley did not enjoy this program as much as I would have liked, but he would have LOVED it at around ages 4-5.

What I Liked About the Program

  • I think the activities and songs will be very enjoyable to younger students
  • The songs are simple and easy to learn
  • I love that the teacher book includes activities specially designed for special needs kids.  I actually think this is an EXCELLENT program for special needs kids.

What I Didn’t Like About the Program

  • My son who is on the older end of the recommended age range did not enjoy this as much as I would have hoped.

Summary

I think this is a solid, EARLY childhood or SPECIAL NEEDS music program.  Toddlers through kindergarten will love the fun songs and activities, but older children may find it too “babyish” as my son did.  But, other than that, I would highly recommend it!

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Back to School Monday Link-Up #18

Back to School Monday is a weekly Homeschooling Link-Up Party. Please join in the fun and do a little blog hopping! This is a fun way to discover new blogs and make some new friends. Leave a link to ANY AND ALL of your homeschool related blog posts.

Instructions:

  1. Post a link to your homeschool related post to the linky below. Simply click on the text link that says: You are next… Click here to enter
  2. Enter your DIRECT link to the post you wish to share and fill out the remaining information requested.
  3. You may enter as many links as you desire, AS LONG AS THEY ARE HOMESCHOOL RELATED.
  4. You MAY link to other link-ups, giveaways, and reviews, AS LONG AS THEY ARE HOMESCHOOL RELATED.
  5. Once you post a link to your blog post, please place a text link or use the graphic below to link back to the Back To School Monday Homeschooling Link-Up Party. You should have a link to this link-up part on EACH post you share here.
  6. Be sure to also click “like” on any article you liked to vote for that article. I will be featuring the most popular articles next week on the blog and my Facebook page!
  7. Have fun! I can’t wait to see what links you leave behind!

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Homeschool Legacy Native America Once-A-Week Unit Study Review :: Schoolhouse Review Crew

As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I recently received the Once-A-Week Unit Study entitled Native America from Homeschool Legacy.

About Once-A-Week Unit Studies

Once-A-Week Unit Studies from Homeschool Legacy are fun and interactive Christian based unit studies for grades 2-12.  They are cross-curricular and include many different subjects while still staying on the “main” subject.  I was able to try the Native America unit study to review.  Once-A-Week Unit Studies will also help your Boy Scout or American Heritage Girl earn their merit badges on many different subjects–a nice addition!

Each unit study includes a weekly schedule and tips on how to use the study.  I love that you can find the majority of the books you need at your local library, and even a few of them from free sources such at Project Gutenberg.  You may even already own a few of the titles.  You can find these comprehensive unit studies for $17.95 at the Homeschool Legacy website.

You can fine Once-A-Week Unit Studies covering the following topics:

  • Horsing Around (4 weeks)
  • Knights & Nobles (4 weeks)
  • Forest for the Trees (4 weeks)
  • Birds of a Feather (4 weeks)
  • Native America (6 weeks)
  • Lewis & Clark: From Sea to Shining Sea (7 weeks)
  • Early Settlers in America (6 weeks)
  • Revolutionary Ideas (7 weeks)
  • Weather on the Move (7 weeks)
  • We the People: Getting to Know Your Constitution (8 weeks)

My Thoughts on the Native America Once-A-Week Unit Study

Learning about Native America is important to my family, as part of my husband’s heritage is Native American.  We don’t know much about it, because his grandmother looked at her Native American heritage as shameful.  I don’t want my children growing up with the outlook, so I feel it’s important for them to learn as much about it as possible and even celebrate it.  That’s why I was so excited to get to review the Native America Once-A-Week Unit Study.

Native America is an exhaustive unit study that covers:

  • The Northeast Woodland Nations
  • The Southeast Woodland Nations
  • The Southwest Nations
  • The Plains Nations
  • The Pacific Northwest Coast Nations
  • The California/Plateau/Great Basin Nations

This unit study contains sixty-one pages and is scheduled to be completed in six weeks.  Everything you need for each week can be found at the beginning of each section.

The Native America Once-A-Week Unit Study is well researched and comprehensive.  You could easily extend it into a much longer time period than just six weeks and still not use all the suggested books, movies and activities.  I was really impressed with just how extensive the Native America unit study was.

How We Used the Native America Once-A-Week Unit Study

Riley certainly enjoyed the activities and reading selections.  We chose to use the Native America Once-A-Week Unit Study as a summer study.  We like to school year round, but like to do things like unit studies during the summer.  They are a bit more relaxed and fun than just our regular studies.  We followed the weekly schedule and it worked out perfectly for our summer study.  The reading selections were fun and I think he learned so much from them!  We exhausted our small local library of every Native American book available.  I think that now, Riley has a much better idea of his Native American heritage.  I think that overall, this unit study was a hit and we will certainly consider purchasing more of the Once-A-Week Unit Studies from Homeschool Legacy!

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Back To School Monday Link-Up 09/24/12 #17

Back to School Monday is a weekly Homeschooling Link-Up Party. Please join in the fun and do a little blog hopping! This is a fun way to discover new blogs and make some new friends. Leave a link to ANY AND ALL of your homeschool related blog posts.

Instructions:

  1. Post a link to your homeschool related post to the linky below. Simply click on the text link that says: You are next… Click here to enter
  2. Enter your DIRECT link to the post you wish to share and fill out the remaining information requested.
  3. You may enter as many links as you desire, AS LONG AS THEY ARE HOMESCHOOL RELATED.
  4. You MAY link to other link-ups, giveaways, and reviews, AS LONG AS THEY ARE HOMESCHOOL RELATED.
  5. Once you post a link to your blog post, please place a text link or use the graphic below to link back to the Back To School Monday Homeschooling Link-Up Party. You should have a link to this link-up part on EACH post you share here.
  6. Be sure to also click “like” on any article you liked to vote for that article. I will be featuring the most popular articles next week on the blog and my Facebook page!
  7. Have fun! I can’t wait to see what links you leave behind!

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The ‘Write’ Stuff

I’d checked out the book use your words by Kate Hopper from the library a couple of weeks ago. It was a July sizzler apparently. At our libraries, that means it was in demand.

I’m not really a writer. Well, perhaps I am. This post is on a site that is not mine and yet I’m sharing my thoughts- typed out for others to read. Perhaps that does make me a writer.

When I was younger the dream to be published was there. My pen name was even created and a signature perfected. But –

Even a blank piece of paper is enough to make many a writer decide it’s time -right this minute- to rearrange the spice cupboard or iron their underwear. ~Kate Hopper, use your words

I never got that book published. Admittedly, the book never got written in the first place. When a writer has an idea, -and don’t they generally have a head full of ideas?- they plot, plan, research and write. I’m starting to think that “I write to discover what I know” (Flannery O’Connor). And the more I write, the more I discover that there is a lot that I do not know.

But I enjoy it nonetheless and plan to continue. I may never become published -wouldn’t that be something!- but I would like to at least try.

I had rather attempt something great and fail, than to attempt nothing at all and succeed. ~Robert Schuller

I don’t have one particular genre that is preferable to write; non-fiction doesn’t rate higher than fiction for me. I’ve tried my hand at both and enjoyed it. Some books that I’ve discovered lately, although they may not be, definitely are not, new that I’m delving into more on this ‘writing journey’ are:

Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers by Kate Hopper- “Writing is an act of discovery.” This book is written for mothers really but it could be used by any person, (adult) whether they have children or not, to help them open up their minds to their experiences more and to put that down on paper. It includes pieces of writing by mothers that exhibit just what Hopper is trying to get her readers to emulate. Also included are writing exercises to practice what’s been learned. Using words to take the reader to the place, to feel the emotions and to experience it with the writer.

 

The Lively Art of Writing: Developing Structure by Lucile Vaughan Payne- “At its best, an essay blends fact with imagination, knowledge with feeling, never giving itself over wholly to one or the other. But its purpose is always the same: to express an opinion.” This is actually a ‘textbook’ that used to be in the public schools. I’ve no idea if it is still but it’s been recommended to me by other homeschoolers as a book to look at for teaching writing. When I write, I like it to follow a pattern, a structure. This book was written with just that in mind.

Woe is I: the Grammarphobe’s Guide to Better English in Plain English by Patricia T. O’Connor- “Here’s one of those things that [drives or drive] us crazy.” Grammar is bane of so many a writer’s existence. Some stress over it tirelessly while others throw all rules to the wind. This book is funny and therefore learning about grammar is a little easier to take.

And finally, just because I’ve never really been ‘into’ poetry very much, but am trying to broaden my horizons, I decided to have a look at an old book:

The Range of Literature: Poetry by John A. Myers Jr. and Carol Marshall- This book has a little over 100 poems from well-known, even if not to me, poets such as E. E. Cummings, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Phyllis McGinley, Richard Wilbur, and many more. The way that poets form their words has always been a mystery to me but I still love the way they are able to choose the right words to form a picture. This also has discussion questions at the end of each poem that tries to get the reader to analyze the poems. I just like to read the range of poetry.

Are you a writer? What resources have you found to be worthwhile and helpful for writing?

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A Cry From Egypt Review :: Schoolhouse Review Crew

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As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I am privileged to receive some exceedingly great homeschooling resources to evaluate.  This has certainly been a blessing to us, as we’ve received several items that we are continuing to use over this next school year.  Recently, I received a copy of the book A Cry From Egypt by Hope Auer from Raising Real Men, published by Great Waters press to examine.

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A Cry From Egypt is the first book in the Promised Land series by Hope Auer and illustrated by Mike Slaton, both recent homeschool graduates.  Auer began writing the book at thirteen as a homeschool assignment while studying ancient Egypt.  The book deals with the time period of the Israelite’s slavery before Moses leads them in the Exodus.  The book is intended for ages eight and above.  You can purchase an Advance-reader copy of the book for $12.50.

A Cry From Egypt Summary

A Cry From Egypt :: Finding Beauty :: www.susangodfrey.comA Cry From Egypt centers around Jarah, a young Hebrew slave girl in ancient Egypt.  It is a fictional account of the time when the Israelites were still in slavery in Egypt, but before the Exodus.  She and family must work long and hard for their Egyptian masters, or face cruel punishment.  Jarah longs for freedom from her people’s oppressors.  When a friend that works in the palace passes along a message saying that she is seeing Yahweh at work, things begin to change and Jarah and her people find themselves at the climax of four hundred years of history.  Could Yahweh be preparing the way for His people’s freedom?

My Thoughts on A Cry From Egypt

We are currently studying Egyptian history, so this book couldn’t have arrived at a better time.  I started reading it aloud to Riley the other night.  Generally, we read one chapter of a book per night, but this one had Riley begging “for just one more chapter, Mom!”  A Cry from Egypt is a very well written book, especially considering how young the writer was when she began writing it.  I was quite impressed with her depth and insight.  The plot is well constructed and intriguing; it flows so well together.  While we’re not yet finished with the book, Riley is already excited about the sequel(s).  He actually asks for this book for bedtime reading over his beloved Hardy Boys—that really says it all right there!

About the Author

A Cry From Egypt Review :: Finding Beauty :: www.susangodfrey.comHope Auer has been writing stories and plays since she was very young.  Through her school years, she developed a passion for history and telling stories which eventually led to “The Promised Land Series.”  In addition to writing, Hope loves the Lord, life, church, family, and children.  She was homeschooled and works and learns alongside her family, who are the first people to read her books.  Hope has a heart for children that is evident as she helps in youth theater, teaches piano, and writes stories.  Hope also has a little Shih Tzu names Sophie who often sits on her lap and helps her write.

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