Tuesday, July 31, 2018

WriteBonnieRose (A Homeschool Review Crew Post)


If you are gathering up materials to add to your elementary science courses, I have just the resource for you. Recently, I had the chance to review the Learning About Science Collection, Level 3 (Print) from WriteBonnieRose. It has soooo many goodies in it! 



I need to first make a little disclaimer. Bonnie Rose Hudson (the writer and publisher) has been my editor for the past year on a ginormous project. She has been more than patient with me. Let me tell ya. And she is precious. It makes a BIG difference when you have an editor who actually knows what it takes to write the stuff. And she has written a whole lot of stuff. I was thrilled when I saw her products come up on the Crew's list of resources to review. So thrilled that I begged to be on the review!

Learning about Science Collection Level 3 is a seven book study that explores elementary life science, earth science, and physical science. Level 3 contains a print or cursive version. I received the print version for my review. All studies come as PDF downloads. 

The books are as follows. I've given you a brief "Beke's Cliff Notes" Synopsis. Which isn't that good. You will need to go to Bonnie's main page for this one. She does a much better job. 

Kinds of Animals and How They Live: 18 pages. Introduces 9 different types of animals and 32 specific animals (life science)

What's Going on Inside Plants?: 16 pages. Learn the process of photosynthesis and transpiration. (life science)

Life in the Ocean's Hidden Zones: 21 pages. Discover hidden zones of the oceans, including the animals. (life science)

Forecasting and Understanding the Weather: 18 pages.  Discover the elements of weather. How to measure the weather and what the weather is. 

Discovering Rocks, Minerals, & Crystals: 18 pages. Learn what makes up rocks and minerals. 

Exploring the Earth's Landforms: 18 pages. Look at 32 of the earth's landforms (earth science)

Energy and Its Many Forms: 26 pages. Explore the five main types of energy. (physical science)

When Josiah was elementary age, we did a lot of unit studies AND we went down a lot of rabbit trails. He has always been a curious kid and I was willing to explore with him whatever he found interesting and worth exploring. However, it was hard to for me to find resources like this one. I didn't want or need the whole textbook. I wanted bite-sized pieces...references points that we could go back to time and time again. 

Let me show you what Bonnie's books look like. 

I printed off a couple of them in their entirety. Josiah has always been my little weatherman. In fact, I think if he would have Forecasting and Understanding the Weather when he was of an age he would have been in hog heaven. 

This page is located somewhere close to the front. Your "colorers" will be thrilled. 


There are brief little reading passages that identify certain terms accompanied by a picture. 

I found the passages to be written in a way that a kiddo could easily understand and comprehend. 

At the back of this particular book are questions to answer. 


I haven't attacked this particular page with a colored pencil. It is from the Exploring the Earth's Landforms book.  I think one of the beauties of using Downloadable E-book is that you can use it for multiple students. I also believe that Bonnie also allows Co-ops to use her materials as long as the number in the group isn't too large. 


So obviously, I'm a fan. I think this collection is perfect to use with any and all Elementary science study. You can use it alongside a textbook or as you wander up and down rabbit trails. I personally think it would even be great to print out and put in a binder as a science reference book. Now that would be fun! It really is like a little interactive encyclopedia!



You can see the possibilities here! Bonnie has done such a lovely job. You must, must, must check out her website. She has so many wonderful things for homeschoolers. And the FREEBIES!!! We homeschoolers appreciate the FREEBIES!

Right now she has a special offer just for you!!!! Through August 15, 2018, you can save 50% on the bundled Learning About Science, Levels 1, 2, and 3 with coupon code REVIEWCREW50. This basically means you can get each set of ebooks for $6 per set.

That is such a great deal!!! And worthy of all the exclamation points I can muster!!!!

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Smart Kidz Radio (A Homeschool Crew Review Post)

It’s been a while since Josiah was a Little. But I do know that when he was I was always looking for good resources I could use that were uplifting and mostly FREE! You know what I’m talking about. Some of us on the Homeschool Review Crew had the opportunity to review a brand new program from Smart Kidz Media called Smart Kidz Radio.



Way back in the day, I did a review for Smart Kidz Media and was super impressed with the video content available. This time around I got to look at their brank spankin’ new live streaming radio station just for kids. No commercials. No crass language or conversation. No questionable children’s songs. You can just turn the thing on and go do your laundry while the Littles sit at the kitchen table with their coloring pages.

Or under the table with their action figures. I raised THAT kind of boy.

Before I show you how it works, I do need to mention one little thing. IT IS FREE! Absolutely FREE. There is going to be an on-demand option that will be available for a small fee eventually, but it won’t affect the FREE version. I looked around at some of the on-demand content and it looks really cute. For example, there is a channel for bedtime music. Yes, please. I might need that.

Here is what the site looks like. It is really easy to use. 



The music is standard kids fare…but where I found gold is in the podcast menu. There are stories. Bunches of stories. Fairytales like Cinderella or retellings of great classics like Rip Van Winkle or Robin Hood.  And some of these stories are around twenty minutes long. There are few 2 and 3-minute offerings like the Itsy Bitsy Spider, etc.




We personally love audio dramas in our house and we always have. These stories have a beautiful music soundtrack in the background and dramatized. I LOVE them. I hope Smart Kidz Radio adds more and more. Think of how it could add to your Read Aloud and Literature studies!

In the menu, there is also a tab to see your local weather, look at a map and more.




You need to check Smart Kidz Radio out! And if you are interested in the on-demand option, I recommend checking out the FAQ page. 

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Dinosaurs and the Bible (A Homeschool Review Crew Post)

Got some kiddos obsessed with dinosaurs at your house? We recently had the opportunity to review the online class Dinosaurs and the Bible as well as the introductory video Taking the Mystery Out of Geology from Northwest Treasures.



Northwest Treasures is a company that produces geology courses from a scientific Christian perspective. Which is how we roll.  We want to provide resources in our homeschool that align with our faith, yet has solid science behind it.

Josiah has is currently spending some time with the grandparents at the farm and if you have followed me lately, you know that I’ve been looking over possible curriculum and material for his Junior year of High School.  The Dinosaurs and the Bible course is intended for grades 5 through adult. Since I probably qualify as an adult, I thought I would give you my impressions along with how I think I could use it in our homeschool.

Dinosaurs and the Bible is a six video course. Each video is approximately 20 minutes long and comes with downloadable review questions and the answer key.  After the sixth course there is a final exam.

Here is a little bit of a rundown of the themes of each video.

Part 1: How We Got Our Modern View of Dinosaurs

I found this part to be really, really fascinating.  Do you ever wonder how scientists arrived at certain conclusions or methods of study concerning dinosaurs or geology?

We learn about the history of the study of dinosaurs. For example, did you know that the very first dinosaur to be named and cataloged was the Megalosaurus ?

 There is also an explanation of Darwinism and how it differs from what the Bible teaches us of life and creation.

 We are given a look at how the Enlightenment era effected the study of Geology. Much of what many scientists stand on as “scientific fact” is merely what man has seen and recorded from a certain point in history.

Part 2: The Classification of Dinosaurs

This section deals with taxonomy, which also means classification.

I really found this part to be fascinating, as well.  Did you know that the first taxonomist was Adam?

We learn about the Linnaean classification system and why it is flawed to use for extinct animals. We also learn the problems with Darwin’s Tree of Life theory.

Part 3: The Great Dinosaur Rush

If you enjoy history, you will really find this part interesting. It begins around the mid-1800’s when a large number of dinosaur bones were discovered.

What happened next was a race to find dinosaur bones. It also became known as the Bone Wars.

Have you ever heard of the Brontosaurus? They were very cool. And probably misnamed. Some of the guys involved in the Bone Wars really did a rush job in naming the dinosaurs.



Part 4: The Extinction of Dinosaurs

Why did the dinosaurs disappear? Some think that the dinosaurs were destroyed when an asteroid hit the earth millions of years ago. But really nothing successfully answers that questions in the secular scientific world.

This part talks about whether or not this theory is scientific fact or just the imaginings of man. And what are the differences between the secular and Biblical view of extinction.

We learn about the four main divisions of the Biblical framework which include Creation, the Pre-Flood period or Fall, the Flood and the Post-Flood period.

There are also some recommendations for books. Including a few books written by the author of our course, Patrick Nurre. I think these would make a great study for any homeschool.

Part 5: Dinosaurs and the Ice Age

So we’ve all watched a certain animated movie and its numerous sequels of the Ice Age. It’s pretty cute. In this section we learn the history of “glaciology.” Did you know that the father of glaciology, Agassiz, did not agree with Darwin’s theory of evolution? This did damage to his reputation.

Agassiz believed and presented evidence of an Ice Age. And since then there have many theories on how and Ice Age began. We learned that the Scriptures has an answer and this section explains it neatly.

Part 6: Fossils, Age, and Soft Tissue

In this section, we learn about how fossils became indicators of time-markers. And how does soft tissue discoveries explain the “millions of years old” theory?

We learn that the soft tissues discoveries and petrified wood found have more to do with a catastrophic event.


I remember visiting the Petrified Forest when I was a kid and a teenager. It was like visiting another planet. So cool! 

Anyhoo. The great flood would explain many of inconsistencies in modern secular science.

Overall, this is such an interesting course. If you have ever had questions about any of these topics, you will love this course. I have never, ever claimed to have a scientific brain...and frankly, my eyeballs start glazing over if the words are too big. But, this course was just right. I felt like I could keep up and I wasn't being talked down to. 

The videos are short. They aren’t flashy, by any means. But they are to the point and have enough graphics to keep them interesting. 

I don’t believe there is enough material to use a full course for my High School Student. Instead, it is going to be a great supplement or a rabbit trail. I think the books that are recommended would be fantastic to have, as well. In fact, I just penciled in Dinosaurs and the Bible for Josiah to take sometime in November. He will be tired of the digestive system by then. I certainly know I will be! 

 I also think the price is really, really reasonable. I generally don’t comment on the cost of anything I review, but this one is well worth the cost…and it’s not much.



I also looked at the introductory video for the Take the Mystery out of Geology Online Course. The video talks about the importance of studying science from a Christian worldview.  We also learn thirteen geological terms that give us a good start to learning more. I love the emphasis put on Scripture. You can be a scientist and have a scientific mind and still be a Bible-believing Christian!

I wasn’t as familiar with Northwest Treasures before I did this review. I am really impressed! I loved rock collecting and geology units as a kid. I spent time poking around their site and found some treasures. All of these resources are fabulous!


Here are a few I just need to mention. 


State Rockhounding Kits and Rocks. I grew up in the Ozarks of Northern Arkansas and Southern Missouri. I for sure thought rose quartz was the coolest thing ever. 

Yellowstone Creation Adventure and Dino Digs …Heading out west? This is the field trip of a lifetime! Sign me up!

Northwest Treasures Curriculum Project....these are all great resources. We are seriously getting this one called Fossils, Dinosaurs, and Cave Men. 

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This and That and a great picture from Cousin Camp (or two)

So.

I've been really, really bad at blogging lately. I've had a super duper time intensive project and then Cousin Camp and stuff.

Hopefully, I'll be able to regain some of my time and do this thing the way it needs to be done again!

I miss you. I really do.

In the meantime, I thought I would share this picture from Cousin Camp.



I mean, really. Aren't these kids the greatest?

Not only are they all gorgeous, but they are truly the funniest and best kids on the planet.

And then there is this one.


He's really just too much. He's still at the farm spending a few extra weeks with the grandparents and a couple of cousins. He hasn't called me yet today, so I think he's not as homesick as he was when we first left him there.

He told me that he thinks he's missing something here. I mean he knows his dad and I are homebodies. A trip to my endocrinologist and a pizza lunch out doesn't really speak of high adventure. I've been doing a little bit of planning for his new school year and trying to make some healthy living plans for myself.

And then there is my little office. I can't even show you what that looks like.

But I can know that there is a desk or two in there somewhere. I have proof from this picture when we first moved in almost two years ago.


Sigh. I'll talk to you soon.


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens with Grace and Hope (A Homeschool Review Crew Post)

 I am the mother of a sixteen-year-old boy. Having once been a teenage girl, I wasn’t really expecting a whole lot with a boy. Frankly, I just remember my brother spending time with his weird friends as a teenager. And eating a whole lot. My husband, however, warned me just a bit of possible struggles as Josiah approached his tween years.

Who knew? Parenting a tween or teen can be crazy!  Hal and Melanie Young know all about it. I’ve been fortunate to get to review a brand new book they’ve written called No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens with Grace and Hope from Great Waters Press.  



I mentioned in my review of Love, Honor, and Virtue that I have been fans of the Youngs for several years. They are popular homeschool convention speakers and I have enjoyed many of their talks.

So. Parenting tweens. It can be maddening. The Youngs are the parents of 8 kiddos! I think they probably have observed one or two things.

Including a nifty index, the book is about 201 pages long. And it contains so many pertinent topics! It also handles them with transparency and practicality. It is intended for parents of kiddos from 8-14, but I found it really helpful as the mother of a 16-year-old boy. 

These are the topics the book covers.

  •  Hormones and Body Changes
  • Emotional Upheaval
  • Why School Goes Awry
  • Spiritual Questioning
  • Overcoming Awkwardness
  • More than Amusement (media, gaming, and discernment)
  • Family Relationships
  • Youth in the Bible
  • Coming of Age Ceremonies
  • Work and Stewardship
  • High School and Beyond


I can’t possibly touch on all the chapters in the book, but I thought I would highlight some of my favorite moments.

When talking about Social Awkwardness (which has somehow followed me to my mid-40’s), there is a section called “General Gormlessness.” The authors and their family have spent a lot of time watching British television. As have we. In fact, it was a constant friend in my growing up years.

Anyhoo. Gormlessness basically means lacking basic sense or acting in a nonsensical way. For example, when Josiah chooses to use one of his many accents to order a Big Mac. Or when he decided to wear a bandana sticking out of his back pocket to church. All because he’s decided he wants to emulate an ‘80’s hair band. Does anyone else have the whole “please act like a person” conversation before leaving the house?

The Youngs get this. They’ve experienced this. And I am comforted because of it.

Another section in the book talks about how to handle media and gaming in the home. Yes, please! When I was growing up we had an Atari. Remember Pit Fall or Frogger?  Those were my games. But we didn’t have social media or the interwebs. And my husband…he is a decade older than I am!
Needless to say, we have needed some guidance. What are things we need to be aware of? We want Josiah to be able to use technology, but how can we strike a balance? And how can we make it safe for him?  These are all tackled in the book.

The final chapter I want to address briefly concerns being Producers, Not Consumers. I LOVE this chapter. I was raised in an industrious home. I think work is good. And I want Josiah to be industrious and able to care for his needs and wants. I want him to be a good steward and a good provider when the time comes. I was so happy to see this chapter. It inspired me to assign Josiah a night he fixes supper every week for the family.

This book is really great about using Biblical models and Scripture to guide each topic. It is great for parents of tweens and teens. And it great for those of you who work with tweens and teens.

Check it out! It’s a keeper!


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Love, Honor, and Virtue: Gaining or Regaining a Biblical Attitude Toward Sexuality (A Homeschool Review Crew Post)

I don’t know where you were when you first had “The Talk.” I was at the kitchen table. My mom was doing the dishes. She “matter-a-factly” gave me the lowdown on all things birds and bees. She is a medical professional and didn’t shy away from proper terminology.

I was mortified.

However, I have always said that her willingness to talk with me ABOUT ANYTHING made that part of my adolescence so much simpler. Of course, I have my one and only boy. When I felt like it was time, I explained things to him in much of the same manner.  He made a bit of a face and said, “Ew.” Then he proceeded to ask me if we could get pizza for supper.



Regardless of where or how you choose to talk to your kids about sex…it must be done. It’s uncomfortable and unpleasant and I can’t think of anything I wouldn’t rather do. Thankfully, I have been reviewing Love, Honor, and Virtue: Gaining or Regaining a Biblical Attitude Toward Sexuality from Great Waters Press. What a wonderful resource.

Love, Honor, and Virtue was written by Hal and Melanie Young. They are homeschooling parents of six (yikes) boys and two girls. They are also pretty popular on the homeschool convention circuit. I’ve seen them several times, myself, and I’m always thrilled with the practical and honest advice they give.

The book is not a really big one. It has about 95 pages and I read through it in a short time. Since Josiah is visiting my parents at their farm this month, I decided to take the time to read it before I put it in his “read this” pile. He is dyslexic and I usually check for readability. I’m glad I read it first. Some of the topics are fairly frank.

I’m not mad about it. My 16-year-old son needs frankness. I also don’t want someone else telling him their version of what they think “true love” is.

In the chapter, “Sex was God’s Idea,” there is pretty frank talk about the biology behind our sexuality. I think it was done tastefully, but of course, it is what it is.

Now if you don’t ascribe to the notion that sex is for a married couple to enjoy you won’t agree with much of the premise of the book. However, this is what we believe in our house and I am thrilled to have some help to tackle the subject.

I even read some of it to my husband and he was impressed with the whole thing. As a pastor, he counsels men of all ages who deal with many of the issues in the book. The book is not a “club over the head” or filled with condemnation. Instead, it is filled with some really practical ideas. There is even a chapter of encouragement and advice if someone has given into his struggles.

It’s called Recovering From a Fall. Some of the suggestions include to make a plan and find an accountability partner. Young men are also called to be restored.

Another chapter in the book involves pornography. The Youngs point out, most effectively, that pornography is not a victimless crime. I personally believe we are facing a crisis of virtue in this country and pornography is to blame for many ruined lives.

I can’t recommend this book enough. Not only will we be using it in our home, but we will recommend it to folks in our church and in our community.

Other members of the Crew are reading - No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens with Grace and Hope

In fact, I will be reviewing that one too! 

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Code for Teens (A Homeschool Review Crew Post)

If you've kept up with the last few posts I've made you know that I'm in the final hunt for materials and curriculum for Josiah's Junior Year of High School (no way!). I've made a couple of really neat selections and I think I have found another one. I mentioned a few months ago that he had become interesting in Coding. Frankly, I was initially suprised. I figured that if it didn't have a video game remote attached to the end of it....Some of you know exactly what I mean. 😁 So when I was given the chance to review Code for Teens: The Awesome Beginner's Guide to Programming (Volume 1) from Code for Teens, I knew I was on the right track.



A real-life homeschooling dad, Jeremy Mortiz, wrote Code for Teens. He feels our pain. Not only has he created an excellent guide to Coding, but he has done so with the understanding that the average momma and dad might not have a CLUE about what all of this is (raises both hands high). He writes to our kids. I don't even have to know about Java Script, Arrays and Functions. And he's entertaining.

Code for Teens contains 10 Chapters.

Chapter 1: Hello World!
Chapter 2: Time to Operate
Chapter 3: Comment on the String Section
Chapter 4: Have Some Functions
Chapter 5: Shall I Compare
Chapter 6: Logically Operational
Chapter 7: Projects Galore
Chapter 8: Hip Hip Array
Chapter 9: Loop a Round
Chapter 10: Make a Hangman Game

The book also contains an introduction and a Word to Parents. In addition, you will find  a Conclusion, Answers to quiz and drill questions, and Glossary of Terms.

This book teaches Java Script. It walks the student through the language step by step. There is plenty practice and we found the book to be super gentle in its approach. Nothing scary to see here! I appreciated the humor.

Obviously, the name (Code for Teens) tells us who the intended audience of this book is for. However, I really believe that this could just be as helpful for some us (not so) older folks to learn something new.

Let me show you a bit of Josiah's work.

The requirement for this course is that you use Google Chrome. This wasn't a problem for us. Google Chrome also works better with my blog and is my preferred browser. We also created a "workbook" document in Google Docs for Josiah. However, you can use Microsoft Word or some other program like it. This helps Josiah keep track of all his quizzes, drills and assignments.

This first screenshot isn't from Josiah's Workbook. It is actually from the very first lesson.



This shot is from his Chapter 1 Quiz. You will pleased to know that the answers in the back of the book are a LIFESAVER! He was encouraged to try and answer all of the questions without looking in the back of the book, but I seriously think that just knowning they were there helped take some of the pressure of....it made it more fun. 





This last picture is the (DIY) assignment that he completed in the JavaScript Console then copied it to his Workbook. It finds the average age of all the members of your family. I don't think it's very fair that I was almost 30 and my husband was almost 40 before Josiah made his entrance. It makes all of us look very old. Our average age (though you might not be able to see it) is 39.33333333. Yipppeee! 



So. Code for Teens is going into our Fall Semester Schedule.  There has already been some of the lessons completed, but it's not going to hurt anybody to do them over again. I am really excited about this one and so is Josiah! 

Code for Teens has another Volume (2) on the way that teaches HTML and CCS. We NEED THIS BOOK! I'm not sure about the details, but I'll be watching for it! 



You can check out a the Introduction and the entire first chapter for FREE on the Code for Teens site.

I do want to mention one thing before I leave you. This book is really a nice one. The pages are glossy and laid out beautifully. It was illustrated by Jeremy's wife, Christine. This is the very first book she has ever illustrated and she did a lovely job. The illustrations are cute and clever. 

This one is defintely a keeper! 

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Cousin Camp




Just thought I would drop in and tell you I am still here. Here being COUSIN CAMP! 

I'm tired. 

And I can't give you any more than this. 


You're welcome.

I'll post more when my brain isn't mush and I've had more than just a few hours of sleep.





Bible Study Guide for All Ages (A Homeschool Review Crew Post)

I’m always looking for Bible study resources we can add to our little library or Bible Study “toolbox.” A few years ago (more like 5), we had the chance to review the Advance Student Pages from Bible Study Guide For All Ages. Well, the chance to review from Bible Study Guide For All Ages once again…and, once again, we received the Advance Student Pages for review.




For my review, I received Advanced Student Pages, the Advanced Teacher Key, and the Bible Book Summary Cards.

There are products available for just about everybody from ages 3-Adult. I chose the Advance Student Pages because they were the highest grade available for this review run. My teenage son used them when he was much younger, but they are consumable and I also wanted to see if they would be a good fit for a Bible Study group for kids at church. We pastor a small church and I am always looking for resources I can pass along to our teachers and parents.



Let’s talk about the Bible Book Summary Cards first. I have (in my possession) the larger set that is 8.5”x 11”. The set of cards I received this time are smaller in size…. 4.5" x 6" cards. There is also an Extra Large set (11" x 14") for use with bigger groups. All sets are in full color and teach all 66 books of the Bible.


The front of the cards displays a colorful cartoon to help provide a clue for what Bible Book it is representing.



The back of the card gives the name of the Book, a description, and features questions to ask.

The cards are super sturdy and I have found them to be an EXCELLENT way to teach the books of the Bible. We are visual learners around here and appreciate the help!

While I already had the larger cards, I really love the smaller cards more than I thought I would. For us homeschoolers with limited space…these are a life saver. They can be carried around to review, as needed.


The Advance Student Pages are recommended for grades 5-6.  We received Lesson Book 1-26. This book covers one quarter. The program is 4 units long. This is intended to take you a year if you do a few lessons weekly. 



You will need a Bible to work through the pages. While this age should be able to do a lot of the work themselves, I enjoy spending time studying the Bible with my son. The whole curriculum makes for a nice family study.


The pages are BIG and AWESOME.  Unit 1 goes starts at Genesis 35 and ends with Luke 2.
Each lesson is divided into sections.

Remember It! – a review

Memory Workout – memory work

Guess What?... – a little history and vocabulary

Maps and/or Timelines – There are small maps and timelines within the lessons, but there are also HUGE maps and timelines available to hang on the wall. We won’t have the wall space so we stuck with what was in our lesson book.



Get Active – Helps the student get practically involved in the lesson itself. For example, some lessons give the student ideas about who to pray for, etc.

Apply It! – Helps the student learn how to practically apply the lesson to his or her own life.

Discover The Bible – Hands-on activities that require a little thought and study.

The teacher’s book had all the answers and some helpful notes. It is suggested that if you have a group you are working with that you most certainly have a teacher’s book. I agree!


This is such a great product! I recommend it to any group or homeschool parent who wants to study the Bible.

It's a keeper! 

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