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Friday, April 18, 2014

Flyby Review: The Amazing Spiderman 2 Discussion Guide



I've got some real super-hero fanatics around my house.  My son had the "Captain America" movie banner as his computer wallpaper for a year before the movie came out.  They race home from Scouts and soccer practice every Tuesday night to watch Agents of Shield.  And of course, we are breathlessly waiting for The Amazing Spiderman 2 to hit the theaters!

One thing I've always enjoyed about the traditional comic book super-heroes is that most of them are good (though imaginary) role models.  Existing in comic books instead of in the real world, they are able to consistently make the right choices in the epic fight of good against evil.  While not religious in any of the stories, they are generally "good" and believe that those who have the power to help others also have the responsibility to do so.  Even as the super-heroes in many of the modern movies have become more "human" and acknowledged more of a "dark side," Peter Parker has remained a pretty good guy.  In the Amazing Spiderman 2, however, he will face his greatest challenge!

This cosmic fight of good against evil, where good must always win in the end, leads to some good discussions with students.  If, for instance, you were bitten by a genetically altered spider in a high-tech science lab and then discovered that you possessed super powers and the ability to swing from building to building on webs you produced (this is THE DREAM for every third-grade boy I know), how would you behave?  Would you use your new-found abilities to help others, or would you spend your days swinging around town on webs?  Does great power come with great responsibility?

To my youngest son's great disappointment, no spiders around our house in North Carolina seem to have the ability to impart super powers.  Not once has he woken up with the ability to spin a web, fly, have super strength or super speed, or any other super ability, despite his greatest expectations.  He does, however, have talents of his own, as do all of my children.  Whether they talk, sing, play guitar, play soccer, or have a black-belt in karate, how can they use these talents to help others?  Do they have a responsibility to use their talents for others, or for God?  What makes a great leader?

These are the questions we have been discussing this week, led by The Amazing Spiderman 2 Discussion Guide.  The discussion guide covers several key points about the characters in the movie (none of them are spoilers if you are already familiar with the comic books and/or the first movie).  It brings up quotes from the movie, discusses how the heroes and villains handle different situations, and lists applicable Bible verses.  This has been a great way to use the excitement over the upcoming movie to inspire discussions about character and selfless actions in our house.  I highly recommend the discussion guide for anyone with children who plans to see The Amazing Spiderman 2.

Flyby Promotions provided us with a fun prize pack including The Amazing Spiderman 2 Discussion Guide, an Amazing Spiderman 2 t-shirt, a Spiderman mask, and a phone case.  I have another prize pack to give away on my blog!  Simply comment on this post or on my Facebook page by April 30 to enter the drawing.  I'd love to hear ways that you have incorporated super-hero stories into your own homeschool or family discussions!






Official website for the moviewww.theamazingspiderman.com/  

Watch the Trailer!


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April Showers and FREEBIE


Dandelion Dust Designs' April Showers is the perfect kit for scrapping fun in the spring rain!  Find it exclusively at ScrapTakeout.


Plus, download the paper stacker from Mediafire.  PU only.


Happy Scrapping!  :-)

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this kit in exchange for layout.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

New Kits from Dandelion Dust Designs


It's just about that time again: time to go Berry Picking!  Our berries are coming in a little late here in NC this year because of the weather, but we are eagerly awaiting our friends at the berry farm to let us know they are open for business!  Dandelion Dust Designs just released a great kit and matching alpha for all those berry picking pictures.  I used them to scrap some of my pictures from last year.



Find the Berry Sweet kit and Berry Sweet Alpha exclusively at ScrapTakeout!



Download free QPs from Mediafire!  Click images to go to downloads.  PU only.



Happy Berry-Picking!  :-)

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this kit in exchange for layouts.





Thursday, April 10, 2014

One More Freebie from Share the Memories

Here is one more freebie from Share the Memories:


Download this patriotic freebie from My Memories.

Available until April 20th.

USE THIS CODE: STMMMS79285

Use This Code: STMMMS79285 
to get $10 off My Memories Suite Software! (in the US and Canada)

Happy Scrapping!  :-)


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Another Share the Memories Freebie!

Needing another freebie to get you through the week?


Download the free Happy Birthday Mini from QueenBrat Designs at My Memories.

Available until April 20th.

USE THIS CODE: STMMMS79285

Use This Code: STMMMS79285 
to get $10 off My Memories Suite Software! (in the US and Canada)

Happy Scrapping!  :-)


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Share the Memories Freebie!

My Memories has some fantastic little freebies for us this month!


For the first one, download the "Home Sweet Home" frames from Touched by a Butterfly at My Memories.

Available free until April 20th.

USE THIS CODE: STMMMS79285

to get $10 off My Memories Suite Software! (in the US and Canada)




Happy Scrapping!  :-)