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Aug
08

Keep It Simple

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Can you respond to all seven of the following statements with the same word?

1. The word has seven letters.

2. It preceded God and all that He is.

3. It is greater than God!

4. It is vastly more evil than the devil.

5. The poorest people have it.

6. The wealthiest people need it.

7. If  you eat it, you will surely die.

It’s been reported that only 5% of Stanford University graduates were able to figure this out.  YOU can do it!  It isn’t hard and actually, it’s keeping it simple that leads to the answer.  Trust and believe what you know is the absolute truth and there’s your answer.  Persevere!  You’ll be glad you did.

Post your answer in the comments, but only go to the comments if you have the answer or you want the answer AND, smile, because God really does love you!

I like the simple architecture of this, Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

Blessings,

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Aug
06

Filling the Well

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I have a true story to share with you and what better place than here, on my blog, on the internet, where it will surely reach millions!  =)

Last week my children and I went camping on the lake.  The grandchildren were invited as an end-of-summer event.  We have been waiting for a break in the rainy weather but my window of opportunity was quickly closing with the end of July looming.  The forecast was for sunny skies; so, I planned to pick up the grands in the afternoon, while the final touches were put on the camp.

Over the last few years, we’ve developed a system for camping that actually works!  Simply:  I orchestrate; direct a lot and plan & pack for meals, my girls do most of the home work, getting clothes packed, bedding organized, etc.  My boys go to the designated campsite and start putting up the tents.  The idea is to have the tents up, supplies on site and then deliver the campers.  Smooth and easy.

So… I sent the boys down early with the tents.  Cell phones now make this job (orchestration) even easier.  I can sort of be in more than one place at a time.  I called after a while and found out that things were going well and two of the smaller tents were already up.  Things were going well at home, also, and we were all so excited to spend this time together.  Some time passed and I got a call about our big tent.  The tent.

After several years, we bought a new family-size tent just last year.  It’s the tent that I sleep in with my two youngest children and three or four young grandchildren.  I know exactly where they are each night and how they’re sleeping.  Too hot in this scorching summer, too cold in our unseasonably freezing fall (last year), giggling and telling stories way past lights out, rolled atop each other, etc.   I sing louder than the crickets and tree frogs, until the last one falls asleep,  zip tent flaps, move kids back into sleeping bags and generally watch through the night, even when my eyes are closed.  lol  This is an important tent.

My older son called to say that because they didn’t remember the specifics of putting this tent up and couldn’t seem to put their hand on a diagram, there was too much stress on one of the main poles and it broke.  “Don’t stress,” he says,  (I wasn’t), and he assures me that he isn’t, either.  They’re going to leave it alone for a time and concentrate on getting the other tents put together.  My response, “I’m not worried; not stressed, but…we must have this tent.  I need this tent.  This is not cool.  I don’t want to come up with a plan B; I am more than comfortable with plan A.  Okay, it’ll be fine.  We’ll think of something.  Call me in a little while.”  I remember thinking, “It’s a fairly new tent, right.  I bet we can order a replacement piece, but that’s not going to help now.  I wonder how long it will take to get it?  Maybe they can overnight it?  Wonder how much that will cost?”

Let me pause here, to tell you that this isn’t really a story.  It is a testimony.  If you’re already here, reading now, this post is for YOU.  Read on.  Don’t miss what God has for you.  It will be a deposit into your personal well of God’s faithfulness.  You will draw on it when you need it.  You’ll be able to tell others and it will be added to their wellI do not believe in coincidence.  I believe in the power of prayer and I believe in God.

We kept at our preparations and we prayed.  We asked God for help and wisdom.  I asked for peace and the ability to maintain a good attitude even if I had to change my ideas of what was best.  A couple of hours later my son called, again.  God had made a direct deposit into his well of faithfulness and he couldn’t wait to tell me what had happened!

Our youngest son had walked down to the lake’s edge to wade and explore.  The oldest decided it was a good time for a break.  They had been working, in the heat, with another brother, for several hours.  He walked from the campsite, across the shore and directly into the water, about 10 feet.  The bottom is sort of gooshy and it tends to make the water a murky, muddied-orange, until you reach some depth and the volume of water washes it out.   Just to his right, lying 2 feet under the surface, on a lake bottom he could still clearly see, was something shiny.  He said that before he even pulled the tent pole out of the water he knew what it was.

This lake encompasses 38,000 acres of water, and nearly 700 miles of shoreline.  There are more than 1/2 a dozen campgrounds and at least 20 designated swim areas; a huge water park and numerous marinas.  Yet, within sight of our camp, at a certain moment in time (not the day before or the day after), there was a tent pole lying at the bottom of this lake and he saw it!  It was not broken or even attached to a broken piece.  The pole that broke on the tent was an end piece.  It had a specific purpose and it’s manufactured for the position it held.  Tent poles come in different lengths and diameters according to the specifics of the tent.  There are ends and middles.  The pole that was in the water is an exact replacement for the broken tent pole.  Exact.  It did not have to be modified or manipulated in any way!  It is the correct size and the specific design for its position!  The FACT is, I could not have purchased a better fitting replacement and there it was.

In our house, this is a-God-thing.  It defies reasonable explanation.  We talk about it.  Praise Him and give Him the glory.  We stand in awe that He would care about something so small and seemingly insignificant in our lives that He would take the time to change our circumstances; to impress upon our hearts that He sees us and He knows our every need, long before we know it ourselves.  We are honored that He loves us enough to build our faith and trusts us to share His Good News.  No doubt, there will come a time when the enemy will tease and torment us with the thought that God has abandoned us and we are unimportant to Him, but the enemy is a liar and this history of God’s faithfulness will be a powerful tool to defeat him.  I share it with you.

 

Our campsite and its stunning view!

 

 

“And they overcame him because of the blood of The Lamb and because of the word of their testimony…”  Revelation 12:11

“Behold, I am The Lord, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?”  Jeremiah 32:27

“Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  Hebrews 12:2

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”  2 Corinthians 5:7

“…as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.”   Romans 12:3

I don’t have nearly all of the answers to my own questions, let alone yours.  I don’t know why children starve or are abused.  I don’t know why those that seem so good, die so young.  I don’t know why earthquakes, tornadoes, tsunamis, fire and floods are allowed to destroy lives.  I.do.not.know.

What I do know is this ~  God knows and we can put our trust fully in Him.  He loves us, He is faithful and He keeps His promises.

“Yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving Glory to God, and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform.”  Romans 4:20-21

“Why are you in despair, O my soul?  And why have you become disturbed within me?  Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.”  Psalm 42:11

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride.  Selah… The Lord of Hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold.  Selah.”  Psalm 46:1-3; 7

“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:19

“Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.”  1 Peter 5:7

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace.  In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33

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Don’t give into the temptation of dwelling on your circumstances.  Look to God, where your help comes from.  Nearly 90 years ago, Helen Lemmel penned these words:

“Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.”

Blessings,

 

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Jul
13

Wordless Wednesday

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“Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”  Psalm 119:105

Blessings,

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Thank you for your comments.  May your life be enriched for having stopped here.  PK

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May
27

A Beautiful Voice

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I’ve always been one to believe (or at least wish) that I could learn from others mistakes or that I might be blessed by embracing the how’s and why’s of another’s success.  As a parent of many children, multiple ages, I look at the lives of my finished  (using this word lightly, knowing we’re not done until we die) older ones; note their struggles or difficulties and wonder what I can do differently to help the younger ones avoid the same pitfalls.  I find extra strength in Revelation 12:11, “And they overcame him (the devil) because of the blood of The Lamb (Jesus Christ) and because of the word of their testimony…”

 


Sarah Clarkson, is a former homeschool student.  She is now an adult author and blogger.   She has written Read for the Heart, published by Apologia Press; found under Resources for Parents.  It is a wonderful resource for every home school.  An outstanding book about – books.  But, more importantly to me, it is a resounding testimony; the how’s and why’s of another’s success, because Sarah is, in part, her parent’s success.  They raised her on good, whole, living books.  She shares vibrant memories of times spent together, reading aloud.  She has a passion for reading and for sharing the wonder of
“whole books for wholehearted families
,” through her writing.  She has a beautiful voice and I hope it will be heard by countless hearts.

 

 

 

 

384 pages – cover to cover.  Read for the Heart answers the questions:  What should my children read? and at what age?  It is a book I will refer to, time and again, which makes it, in my opinion, a valuable $17.00 investment.

 

Click cover for PDF Sample of Chapter 6 – The Golden Age Classics

 

 

Sarah coaxes, teaches, prompts and suggests ways to begin, to have a “Life by Books.” She gives a clear “Roadmap for Using This Book.” Then, she entices with Titles, Authors, Illustrators, Descriptions and more…

  • Picture Books
  • The Golden Age of Classics
  • Children’s Fiction
  • Fairy Tales and Fantasy
  • History and Biography
  • Spiritual Reading for Children
  • Poetry
  • Music, Art and Nature

 

There are more than 25 pages of Appendices:  Caldecott Medalists, Newbery Medalists, Historical Fiction by G.A. Henty, Landmark History Books, The Trailblazer Series, and A Few of My Favorite Things, such as:

 

Favorite Read-Alouds for the Whole Family

The Gold Thread by Norman Macleod

The Railway Children by E. Nesbit

and…

Favorites for Girls

Calico Captive by Elizabeth George Speare

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

and…

Favorites for Boys

The Little Britches series by Ralph Moody

The Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle

and…

Favorite Audiobooks

Rainbow Valley by Lucy Maud Montgomery (read by Nadia May)

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (Focus on the Family Radio Theatre)

 

Sarah Clarkson writes, “As I have considered the many wonderful reasons to read, a steady progression of scenes from my childhood has come to my mind, each one a poignant portrait of a reading life. One by one, these scenes remind me of the reasons I read:  for a wakened heart, a strong mind, and a steadfast soul. This book will help you discover how great stories can form the lives of your children – how books can be powerful companions and teachers that will spur your children’s hearts and minds to life.”

 

Contact Sarah – email – storyformed@gmail.com

or her blogThoroughlyalive.com

 


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Contact Apologia:

phone 888.524.4724

or writeApologia Educational Ministries

1106 Meridian Plaza Suite 220

Anderson, IN  46016  US

 

Click The Crew header and read additional reviews of Read for the Heart.

 

 

 

 

Blessings,

 

This product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange, for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

 

Thank you…

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May
25

Wordless Wednesday

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“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.”   Ephesians 5:1-2

 

 

Abundant Blessings,

 

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May
23

All Together

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When I began schooling my children at home, over 25 years ago, there weren’t many, if any, school materials geared toward home use.  Public and private school text books were adapted, by parents/teachers to meet individual needs. We did a lot of that. It took extra time, but it was possible.  We also taught from every-day-living.  We still do a lot of that. A general, life-is-school and school-is-life; there’s-a-lesson-in-every-thing, approach.  I would find a scope and sequence for a specific grade level and then pull-in and organize various resources to build our curriculum each year.  I clearly remember using books published by Houghton Mifflin, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, Macmillan and Evan-Moor.  Eventually, we used Abeka Book and Bob Jones Press, but even those were originally written for private christian school use, and not homeschool.  There was so much busy-seat-work, because they were intended to keep a full classroom of student’s occupied.  Teacher’s editions weren’t available to the individual, either.  Everything had to be studied and done ahead of time, so answer keys could be written.  I am amazed and delighted at how far home education has come in the last 25 years!

Pearson Education is now the “world’s leading educational and professional publisher.”  You may recognize some of their brands:  Scott Foresman, Addison-Wesley, Prentice Hall, Longman, and many others.

 

Click logo to read history

 

Pearson is trusted and respected, drawing on a heritage that stretches back to 1725, when Thomas Longman published the first book, typeset by Benjamin Franklin.  They provide products, programs and services, in every subject, for PreK-20.

 

Click cover for pricing guide

 

I received the Scott Foresman, Social Studies – All Together, 1st Grade text book, for review.  It is high-gloss, hard-bound, with bold, brilliant, color pictures on every page!  It is not written for homeschool use, but it is a great supplement to any social studies curriculum.  Interestingly enough, I was not given a teacher’s edition or any of the additional teaching aids/tools that are available; so, it was just like the good-ole-days.  I had to pay attention to the text, as we read it, so that I, too, could correctly answer the review questions at the end of each unit.  My 6 year old thought it was so funny that I had to do the same work that she had to do!

All-Together teaches students “what it means to be citizens of this nation – that respect, caring, responsibility, fairness, courage, and honesty are the pillars that make us strong.”  In each unit, there are pages dedicated to Citizen Heroes, and on the upper right corner of the page, one of the six pillars is highlighted.  Because of the consistency of the layout, my daughter would go to that area of the page, first, to see which pillar we were about to read.

 

Citizen Heroes

 

The following companies, and others, are partners-in-education with Pearson:

 

 

 

Their contribution is evident in the content and format of the book –

 

Dorling Kindersley

 

 

 

 

 

You open the over-size book to find a full-color Social Studies Handbook.  My young student was drawn-in completely and couldn’t wait to discover what was on the next page and the next page and…

 

 

We did put a home spin on the units.  Most of them had a reference to school or the bus or the cafeteria, etc.  “Your cafeteria is too noisy.  Tell steps you would take to solve the problem.”  We talked about the noise of living in a big family; what noises we liked, which ones we’d rather not hear and how to get more of one and less of the other.  We also discussed what it might feel like to eat lunch with others that you might not know very well.  Everything was adaptable and useful as a teaching element, even if it wasn’t used exactly as the authors expected.  That is the beauty and flexibility of schooling at home, though, isn’t it.

 

 

Unit 1 – Time for School
Unit 2 – In My Community
Unit 3 – Work! Work! Work!
Unit 4 – Our Earth, Our Resources
Unit 5 – This is Our Country

 

 

 

Map and Globe Skills
Biographies
Songs and Poems
Chart and Graph Skills
Vocabulary
Atlas
Picture Glossary
History and more

 

 

 

“…God shed His grace on thee…”

“…one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

“Our country’s motto is ‘In God We Trust.”

 

This was actually the first thing I looked for – does Pearson Education keep God where our Founding Fathers placed Him, over our Nation?  I’m pleased to say that in Social Studies – All Together they certainly do.

 

The student edition of this book is $43.47.  There is also a teacher’s edition, workbook and answer key, planning guide, resource package, readers, map tools, video field trips and more. Please note that some items can only be purchased with PO or school credit card, which is not homeschool friendly.

 

Click graphic for companion site!

 

There is free access to a companion site:  with a Social Studies library (dictionary, encyclopedia, and almanac), Current Events (In the News and Time for Kids), an Atlas (world & U.S. geography, facts and tools); “This Day In History” (attaches a when to a what or who), “Meet the People” (people & biographies), and Activities (by state, grade level/book and unit).  This site is full of information, plus it’s fun and easy to navigate.  Free downloads at Symbols of America, too!

 

 

 

Contact:

phone:  1.800.848.9500

Pearson

K12 Customer Service

P.O. Box 2500

Lebanon, IN  46052

 

My mates at TOS reviewed Social Studies – All Altogether – 1st Grade, enVision Math – 1st Grade; Reading Street – 2nd Grade.  Click the banner below to read all about it!

 

 

Blessings,

 

This product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange, for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

Thank you for your comments.  I appreciate YOU!


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May
11

Run! MOVE! Wiggle! Play!

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Summer is nearly here, after an uncommonly long winter for many.  Did you get snowed in for days this year?  Will the heat of the summer keep you inside in air-conditioning?  What does your family do when it rains for three or four days straight?

I love fresh air and sunshine.  L.O.V.E.  it!  I like being outside.  I like mowing the grass, working in the garden, playing in the rain, raking leaves, sledding, planting flowers, bicycling, camping, swimming, and…

I am not a fan of air-conditioning even on the hottest days, and thankfully, it hasn’t been a conflict (between me and my husband, whose body runs several degrees hotter than mine) because our house doesn’t have it.  I’d much rather do yard work than house work, any day!  (Regretfully, to my darling’s dismay, sometimes.)  I tend to equate cooped-up and stuffy with boring.

I grew up being told to go outside and play…often.  It wasn’t cooler inside than it was outside, anyway.  See, I’m old school.  Actually, maybe I’m just old…er.   =)  I seem to recall that if you didn’t like being outside and finding something to do, your choices were limited to reading a book, painting, drawing or writing, maybe watching something on a 13″ black & white TV, or listening to the radio…  Remember when there were no video games?  PC games?  portable DVD players?  I remember and I have some fond memories of doing things; going places, and generally moving and playing with my siblings and friends.  (Note the action words.)

Because, I think my momma did right by me – I send my kids outside to work or play…often.  (It is easier to get them outside though because it’s no cooler in our house than it is out.  They don’t have to continually acclimate to a constant change in temperature.  It’s usually just plain hot, everywhere.)  And, when we do get stuck indoors, their TV and electronic game time is strictly limited, making it more fun to be outside and doing something.  I admit, sometimes, we really have to be creative…  When was the last time you participated (in the privacy of your own home, of course) in a dance-a-thon or a tickle-fest?  I’m blessed to have healthy children and I believe that one of the reasons they are healthy is because they don’t have a sedentary lifestyle.

Do you know that The National Center for Chronic Disease reports that childhood obesity has more than tripled in the last 30 years?  Do you know that the most common causes of obesity are poor diet and eating habits combined with a lack of physical activity?  Fact.  I think, one of our jobs as parents is to prompt, coax and sometimes even force our children to get up and move. We should be showing them and telling them how to feed their body healthy food, how to protect it from harmful substances, and how to exercise it.  Technology has come so far, but the fact remains that we only get one body for the length of our days.

There is research available to support the statistics, but better yet, there is help available to bring about a positive change in these statistics.  One way – become part of the trybe.

 

Go – get active

Try – something new

Be – your best!

 

GoTrybe.com “is an online fitness and nutrition community that delivers daily fitness, nutrition, wellness, and motivation content to students and teachers (and parents) across the US.”

Warm-ups, cardio, flexibility and strength-training workouts for every age.  Education, quizzes, rewards and community support.  Remember P.E.? This is Physical Education at it’s best!

 

K-5th grade join the ZooDoos

6th-8th grade workout with Trybe180

9th-12th grade is part of NexTrybe

 

Members create a personal avatar.

 

As online workouts are completed, educational video segments viewed and quiz questions answered correctly – points are earned.  Points accumulate and can then be used to buy clothing, accessories, pets and more for ones character. Can you say motivation?

 

 

My older ones pointed out that GoTrybe gear, that is available for purchase online, would be a real motivator, too.  A not too subtle hint, I do believe.  (I’d like to see GoTrybe create an option to save points earned, from answering more difficult questions, that could be exchanged for Trybe Trinkets, that could then be used toward purchases in the tribal store.)

 

Build-your-own workout, comprised of six drag and drop videos.  Title your personal workout and you can store it or use it as you choose.

or

Choose a pre-built workout.

 

 

Workout sessions run an average of 20-30 minutes each.

 


 

Become part of the community.  Create a personal profile page.  Make a buddy list, send messages to friends, check stats and updates, etc.

 

 

Sign up personally or sign up your child, in the age appropriate trybe, free for a day – just enter promo code GETFIT.  Either way, this is a good time to explore everything GoTrybe.com has to offer.  A 1 year subscription is usually $39.95, but, after your one day free trial, you have the option, now, to sign up for $19.95.

 

Click the graphic to Sign Up

 

You can find added information, education and support on the

and

 

 

by following GoTrybe.com on facebook.

 

Questions? email – feedback@gotrybe.com

 

GoTrybe has been a blast! even though it has been a little difficult for us to accomplish, sometimes, because of lack of space.  It can only be viewed, and therefore followed, on the computer monitor, and that’s in a small office area.  I am hoping GoTrybe.com will eventually be Wii compatible and then we’d be able to stream it through our TV in the living room.  Quite often, the children like to work out together, (but there is no way for each tryber to get workout points, if they workout together) and that is nearly impossible because of our confined quarters.

We have children in each of the trybes and they have some definite, personal opinions:

  • They really like GoTrybe.com and look forward to their workouts every day!
  • They recognize a positive difference in their stamina, from the first time they worked out to now.
  • My ZooDoos do not like the choices available for their avatars.  They’re drawn with “really big heads”, as opposed to the “normal” looking choices for the teens.  The Trybe180 female Trybers think the teen girl character is too mature looking and her stance is unattractive.

  • We also have NexTrybe Trybers.  They found some of the Yoga workouts to be a little odd and felt that even the male students that worked out in the video segments, with the female teachers, looked uncomfortable.
  • It was also noted that there are no male leaders, in the flexibility segments, for the older boys in the NexTrybe to follow.
  • One of my NexTrybers liked doing the ZooDoos Hip Hop routines better than their own, because the moves are taught slower and they are repetitive.
  • My NexTrybers have a favorite leader, from the younger trybe, that they’d love to see teach in their trybe.
  • The positives far out weigh the negatives!  We’re movin’ more and lovin’ it!

 

You’ll find other, definite opinions, from my crew mates at TOS.  Click the banner to read their reviews.

 

Walk or run, jump, play, wiggle or dance.  Get up and move like your life depends on it – it just might.

May God bless your endeavors to move your family,

 

This product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange, for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

Thank you for your encouragement.

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May
06

A New Friend

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If you’ve read many of my blog posts you have probably figured out that reading is fairly high on my list of wonderful things to do.  I’ve mentioned before that I hope to pass the love of all-things-bookish on to my children.  As a child, I learned, and now I teach, that, among other things,  reading allows one to travel – sometimes even through space and time; to meet new people and make new friends – real and imaginary – past and present.

I was recently introduced to Kregel Publications and author, Susan K. Marlow.  My youngest daughters met little miss Andrea Carter, Andi to her family and friends, on the Circle C Ranch.

My young one is six years old and so is Andi.  Andi has a pony; lives out west in the late 1800’s, and has to go to school in a schoolhouse.  We don’t own any horses.  We’ve always lived in the east and we certainly don’t live in the late 1800’s  (although many aspects would be a blessing, I admit I would miss having a washer and dryer, refrigerator, bread maker, cell phone and internet.)  We only leave home for school, if we’re going on a field trip or a picnic.  So…

Andi’s Scary School Days was a perfect adventure for my girls!  They were excited to turn every page.  Circle C Beginnings is a series of books written for 6-8 years old, but my big girl enjoyed Andi’s antics as much as her younger sister did.  There are four titles available now and two more due to be released in August of this year.

 

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Since I have September birthdays still ahead, I think the whole set will make a great gift.  They are $4.99 each, but you get 30% off, now through August 31st, when you purchase directly from the publisher.  Just enter HOME11 during check out.  If you purchase from Susan’s website, you won’t find a discount, but you can order personalized copies.

These are wholesome, moral, entertaining and educational stories for our children.  There are free downloads available – Activity Packs with coloring pages – correlating to each book.  Vocabulary, math, writing, maps, history and more.  The illustrations, by Leslie Gammelgaard, can be copied and colored.

 

Circle C Beginnings are actually prequels to Susan K. Marlow’s already popular series, Circle C Adventures.  The adventures are written for 8-16 years old and feature a preteen  Andrea Carter and her grown horse, Taffy.  My daughters have suggested that “it would be nice if Ms. Susan continued to write about Andrea as she gets older; so she can get married and have a daughter or son of her own, and the adventures can go on and on through time and maybe across country.”  I love that they are invested in the story line.  How cool is that!

You can contact Susan K. Marlow on facebookclick the Circle C Beginnings graphic below or write to Susankmarlow@kregel.com. She loves to hear from her readers…

 

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It has been a pleasure to meet Kregel Publications.  They have Biblically based resources with a backlist of over 900 titles.

 

  • Biblical Studies
  • Pastoral Resources
  • Christian Living
  • Fiction
  • and many others

 

  • The Pictoral Guide Series, for middle-school and high-school age readers is definitely worth exploring

 

TOS Homeschool Review Crew members received one of Susan K. Marlow’s books from the Circle C Beginnings Series; so, you’ll want to read what they have to say – click the banner below for individual opinions.


 

Blessings,

 

This product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange, for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

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Apr
06

Wordless Wednesday

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A Milestone…

 

“He called a little child and had him stand among them.  And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.   “And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.”    [Matthew 18:2-5]

 

Sweet Blessings,

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Apr
06

Not Quite a Smile, but…

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A 6 word story contest.  In my post, A Story to Win?, I said I’d let you know if God smiles on me or another entry.  At the time, I meant whether I won or not.

I didn’t win this contest.  Katie won.  You can read her winning 6 word story at She Reads – along with the other top favorites.

Not quite a smile, but a definite grin!  Why?  Because, out of nearly 400 entries, mine was chosen as one of the top ten!  I cried.  Just a little.  =)  I’m amazed and encouraged.  I have so much to learn, and “miles to go before I sleep,”  but it would appear that God approves of the direction I’m headed.  I long to perfect walking in His will…

 

Sweet Blessings,

 

*miles to go… is a line from the poem – Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, by Robert Frost

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