Truth Becomes Her: Ringleaders Series Review
Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.
My oldest daughter has always marched to the beat of her own drummer. As a parent, this is something admire immensely. She has an inner confidence that, as of yet, does not seem like it will ever be shaken. Because she's already so strong and self-assured, one of my most important jobs as her mother is to nurture her confidence and help it grow so that when she's older and tasked with navigating the trials of this world, she'll be able to do it with empathy, kindness, and integrity. Enter The Adventures of Rooney Cruz RINGLEADERS series from Truth Becomes Her, which seems to perfectly teach these lessons I so deeply value.
The Ringleaders series comes with four books: A (gorgeous, IMHO) hardcover storybook, a paperback devotional (which is beautifully illustrated and so inviting for kids), a paperback mother-daughter journal (you bet I was excited about this), and an adorable coloring book.
If you've read any of my previous posts you'll know that I have two daughters and one son, ages 8, 6, and almost 4. One thing I really loved about the Ringleaders series is that I was able to use the materials in age-appropriate ways with all of my kids. My youngest two enjoyed listening when I read from the storybook and devotional, especially when I let them color in the coloring book while I read. My oldest and I both had a really good time with the mother-daughter journal and I loved the thought-provoking questions it posed.
(I'm not showing you any of our completed pages because they feel a bit too personal.)
As an example of the great lessons and questions posed in the devotional, Day 12 asks: "Is it hard for you to do what you're told? When someone in charge tells you to do something do you huff and puff? Do you whine or complain? Roll your eyes?" My oldest daughter is, and always has been, very strong-willed so it is hard for her to do what she's told especially when she doesn't want to (but really, aren't all kids like this?). I think just giving her the opportunity to think about why she has a hard time listening or doing what others ask of her is so valuable to her personal growth and insightful for me as her mother.
My only complaint about this product is sort of a fundamental one rather than a product-level one and it's that, generally, I don't tend to buy products that are geared towards just boys or just girls. I very much believe that every lesson taught to boys can and should be taught to girls and that every lesson taught to girls can and should be taught to boys. I know that this is not an opinion shared by everyone so if you have no problem with gendered lessons or teachings, just skip on past this paragraph. I, however, pretty firmly believe that there aren't really any lessons or teachings that need to be or should be gendered. And I felt that way while going through the Ringleaders series. There's nothing in the materials that boys shouldn't also know and I don't really feel comfortable excluding my son from these types of lessons because what does that then teach him? Everyone should learn when and how best to use their voice. And some of you might say, well isn't the whole series about WOMEN in the Bible and Bible heroes for girls? Yes, yes it is but I think it's just as important that my son learn about the strong female figures from the Bible as it is for my daughters.
ANYWAY, I did end of reading the storybook and using the devotional with all of my kids, including my son and made word substitutions where necessary to make the text more inclusive. And I did really like the presentation of the series, the lessons, and the overall message. Everything in the storybook and the devotional is presented in a way that is so easy for kids as young as 3 to digest and understand. I think that this series really is wonderful and the lessons espoused are important and beneficial for kids to hear and learn.
Overall, I really enjoyed the materials. My kids had fun listening to me read and we all had fun working our way through the devotional together. The coloring book was a fun bonus and was an especially useful tool when I was trying to keep my younger kids engaged during story time. I also really love the mother-daughter journal. My oldest is getting to an age where I know she will have thoughts and feelings that she keeps more closely guarded. I love the idea of both of us sharing our thoughts and feelings in a journal that we both get to read.
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