This article is in collaboration with Real Life Press.
Heidi St. John’s company Real Life Press, has offered for review a number of her products.
According to their website Real Life Press, Heidi St. John and her husband Jay St. John believe that more and more, we are living in a world “where external influences seek to dictate our values, our lifestyle and even our happiness. Media, pop culture and politics all clamor to tell us how we ought to live, what we ought to be experiencing and which things are meaningful or valuable in our lives.”
This ends up confusing us, causing us often to have anxiety and disappointment when our own lives fail to match up with the illusions being held up us as reality.
The St. Johns believe “Truth is consistent; the same yesterday, today and forever and that Truth can be found in God’s Word.” A consistent relationship with Jesus Christ, and a continuing exploration of the Bible will help us live the Real Life we were intended to experience.
100 members of the Review Crew received either physical or digital copies of study materials, some of which were for family or student use, and some which were wonderful for the mama’s among the crew.
First on the list, family study materials:
The Firmly Planted Family Study Guide has been divided into a ten-week study and is your key to making sense of the Bible, while you may learn right along with your children. Each lesson provides a core idea, a simple narrative, memory verses and discussion questions for family members of all ages. This is divided into a ten week plan of study, with the following lessons:
1.Joseph Sold Into Slavery (Genesis 37)
2.Joseph Saves His Family (Genesis 42-47)
3.Moses and the Burning Bush (Exodus 1-3)
4.The Plagues (Exodus 7-12)
5.Crossing the Red Sea (Exodus 13-14)
6.The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20)
7.The Tabernacle (Exodus 25-27)
8.The Golden Calf (Exodus 32)
9.Choosing the Levites (Numbers 3)
10.Exploring the Promised Land (Numbers 13-14)
The Firmly Planted Student Workbook provides nearly 225 pages of interactive learning activities that will make the Bible come alive in your home. There are guided discussion questions for parents and children, puzzles, maps, games and much more. Your children will learn why it is so important to be firmly planted in the rich soil of God’s Word.
Also a ten week study, Gospels Part 1 is a key to making sense of the Bible in much the same format as as the Firmly Planted Family Study Guide. Lessons included:
1.Gabriel Visits Mary (Luke 1:26-38)
2.The Birth of Jesus (Luke 2:1-20)
3.John the Baptist (Matthew 3:1-12)
4.Calling of the First Disciples (Luke 5:1-11)
5.Jesus Clears the Temple (John 2:12-22)
6.The Woman at the Well (John 4:1-30)
7.Jesus Casts Out Demons (Mark 5:1-20)
8.The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)
9.Feeding of the 5,000 (Mark 6:30-44)
10.Jesus Walks on Water (Matthew 14:22-33)
1.Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:1-23)
2.The Story of Two Sons (Luke 15:11-32)
3.Jesus and Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10)
4.The Woman Caught in Adultery (John 8:2-11)
5.The Rich Young Ruler (Mark 10:17-31)
6.The Triumphal Entry (Matthew 21:1-11)
7.The Last Supper (Luke 22:7-20)
8.Gethsemane (Mathew 26:36-46)
9.The Crucifixion (Mathew 27:27-56)
10.The Resurrection (John 20:1-31)
The above mentioned resources are all done in the same format, so moving from one to the next should be an easy transition for the family.
Some crew members received a different educational resource, Lapbooking Made Simple (PDF Digital Download).
Written by Heidi St. John, Lapbooking Made Simple really does make it simple. If you’ve never done lapbooking with your child, or have only ever used pre-made, downloadable print, cut and fill out lapbooks, this book is a treat. It will give you many ideas on how to help your child transform his or her interest into a unit, and put it into a keepsake format.
For the mama’s, some of our reviewers received books written by Heidi St. John.
Full of encouragement and ideas for your homeschool day, Heidi St. John tells all and shows that nobody is the perfect homeschool mom. Nobody. Whether you’re struggling with managing your day, or simply looking for encouragement and fresh ideas for tackling your list of things to do, you will enjoy hearing from the heart of busy homeschool mom of seven, wife and author, Heidi St. John.
Between homeschooling and homemaking, we can often become so tired that we fail to find time, or energy for something even more important, our relationship with our husband. In this book, Heidi St. John has given you a wonderful resource to go to. From the website:
If you have ever felt caught between the demands of nurturing your children and meeting the needs of your husband, you’re not alone. Read and discover how even a busy homeschool mom can make time to nurture her marriage. It’s not as hard as you think—and more important than you may realize.
A big thank you to Lori Moffit of My Journeys Through Life for writing this introductory post.