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Feb
24

What Will Your Child Believe?

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From the time our children are born we teach them that they are fearfully and wonderfully made.  They grow knowing it, because they hear it often.  When they’re a little older, they’re often amazed the first time we share The Scripture, from Psalm 139:13-16, with them, because they realize it’s not just momma and daddy, being momma & daddy and saying they are wonderful and unique, God said it.

“For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.”

The Bible is our touchstone.  It is the measure by which the validity or merit of something can be evaluated.  We view knowledge through The Bible.  We believe it is the ultimate authority.  We desire to live by faith in Christ Jesus and anchor our world-view in Him.

As our children become preteens and teenagers we challenge them to apply themselves to know why they believe what they believe.  Yes, we want them to know The Truth, and to believe it, but it will not hold them fast if they don’t own it themselves.  If you don’t know why you are waiting to have sex until after you’re married, inevitably you’ll find yourself in a situation of compromise.  If you don’t know why you think a baby is a baby before it’s earthside, abortion is a possibility.  If you don’t know why you believe in Jesus Christ as The Way, The Truth, and The Life, someone may come along and give you a good enough reason to think He isn’t.

What will my children believe when they stand on their own?  What will your child believe when he’s 15?

Who Am I, And What Am I Doing Here?, by Apologia, gives you foundational truths to teach your children.  You’ll know what they believe, and they’ll know why they believe it.

Written for ages 6-14; “based on the Biblical Christian worldview, which affirms that truth is absolute and knowable through the revelation of God.  It affirms that knowledge of God is the beginning of wisdom and the key to understanding the world around us.”  $39.

Comments or Questions?

Contact ~

Write

Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc.

1106 Meridian Plaza, Suite 220/340

Anderson, IN  46016

Phone

888.524.4724

or

765.608.3280

Email

biblicalworldview@apologia.com

Blessings,

Penny

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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Oct
24

A Wholehearted Conversation

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Over the years, I have often been asked, “How can you homeschool your children,” usually quickly followed by,  “I just don’t think I’m smart enough to do that!”  Inevitably, I respond by assuring them that I don’t believe that I have all of the answers to my children’s educational needs, or that I’m even required to, but I can find the answers.  After early elementary school, academically, my job is one of teaching study skills, application and discipline, providing large doses of encouragement and support, and supplying necessary resources.  I am better equipped and empowered when I utilize resources for parents, too.

A recent conversation with my friend, we’ll call her Heidi, went like this:

ME:  “I have a TOS crew review to write on a huge book!  It’s 8 1/2″ X 11″ and more than 350 pages!  If I could own only one book for homeschooling (counting curriculum, but excluding The Bible, of course) it would be this one.”

[Her face looked a bit shocked.  I’ve been homeschooling for more than 25 years; so, I definitely had her attention.]

HEIDI:  “What!  What is it?  Above curriculum?  How?  Why?”

ME:  “Ultimately, I can pull teaching material from anywhere, but this book reminds me of why I homeschool.  Why I do it now, why I did it then and why I would do it all, again, but do it better!  The authors say that those reading it usually fall into 1 of 3 categories:

  1. Those that are already using a wholehearted approach to teaching and have followed their leadership for years.  This book was actually first published in 1994 and revised in 1996.  It is now (2011) in it’s third printing, with more than 100 new pages added and a large portion of the original pages rewritten.  Content and resources needed to be updated and they, like most of us, have learned a thing or two in fifteen years.  These readers will discover a new or forgotten morsel of truth in this edition.
  2. Those, like me, who have been homeschooling for cen-tu-ries (intended hyperbole) and are in need of affirmation, inspiration or even a little coaxing to continue on this path.  When I started reading this book, I wondered why I didn’t have it in 1994 or 1996.  I was homeschooling then, why now?  Because now is when I need to be reminded of my desire and my right to raise our children “in the fear and admonition of The Lord;”  to emulate and teach an I’m-all-in-(body, mind, heart, soul and strength)-devotion to God, consistently and constantly.  This book has been a transfusion to my life-battered being.  I remember why.
  3. Those who are fresh to the idea of homeschooling their children.  The young explorers that appreciate having good navigational tools at hand.  A compass, a map and a light for the way ahead.  This is a guide, written by those that scouted and traveled the road before you.  This book is a vision shared, one of “Wholehearted Learning – a Biblical, commonsense, discipleship-based lifestyle of home education using real books, real life, and real relationships.”

“It’s an apologia WholeHeart publication and it’s titled, Educating the WholeHearted Child, by Clay and Sally Clarkson.

 

It gives you a layout, a design, a plan…to make your home “a heart-filling, rich, and lively learning environment where your children will love to learn as naturally as they love to play.”

HEIDI:  “Are you a speed reader?  Did you read the whole thing?  Can I read it when you’re finished with it?”

ME:  “You know that I can read quickly, but you won’t believe it, I’ve actually written in the margins of this book.”

[Her brow furrowed and comprehension was a bit slow.  We do not write in books unless they are consumable workbooks.  It is a firmly established momma-law, taught from the time my children are knee-high to a grasshopper.]

HEIDI:  “YOU wrote in the book?”

ME:  “I did.  I’m an adult and it is my book!  It is a high gloss paperback, but it is clearly non-consumable.  I’ve found myself wanting to savor it and digest it.  I’ve highlighted sentences and paragraphs!  I haven’t read the whole book, yet.  I’ve never lost sight of the destination, but this book has renewed my joy in the journey of homeschooling!  I’m not in a rush to read it,  just for the sake of reading it, I want to sort of meander along and absorb my surroundings.  At the moment, my youngest child is only 7 years old, so I don’t foresee being finished with this book any time soon.  You’ll want your own clean copy, anyway.  Put it on your Christmas list and I’ll see what I can do.”

HEIDI:  “That’s a nice thought, but I don’t know if I want to wait until Christmas, that’s 60 days away.  How much is it?”

ME:  “Sixty days, are you kidding me?  (Between the heart palpitations I’m thinking, where has the year gone!)  It’s going to be here in no time!  (Think peace, I think.  Don’t freak out!  Enjoy Thanksgiving, first, my brain tries to reassure me.)  Educating the WholeAHearted Child is $22.00.  It would be the best gift to get if you’re even considering homeschooling.

It has chapters pertaining to:  HOME, LEARNING, METHODS for Discipleship Studies, Disciplined Studies, The Study of Ideas, Discovery Studies and The Study of Living with an eye on your child’s Divine design and natural bent, and LIVING.

You can look up *https://apologia.securesites.net/pdfs/TOC/297.pdf to see the Table of Contents in detail,  and if you go to *https://apologia.secutesites.net/pdfs/sample/297.pdf you can view a sample of the entire 1st chapter.  You’ll notice there is additional information along the margins of the main text, Scripture references and notable quotes.  There’s even more in other chapters, throughout the book.  You’ll find answers to questions, like What about Socialization?  Information and statistics.  “…nearly 4 percent of the school-age population are homeschoolers.”  That’s  more than 2 million K-12 children in the U.S. that are homeschooled, which is considerably more than the estimated 30,000 when I began to homeschool.  There are recommended resources and suggested math tools, lists of good books and field trip tips and rules.

Starting in chapter two there are italicized notes, under the heading of IN OUR HOME.  Located at the bottom of a page, these snippets offer a glimpse into the Clarkson’s own home.  This is what you’ll read on page 217, “With all the baskets lying around our house, someone might think we like to shop at the local Farmers’ Market.  Except for one thing – they are all filled with books!  Next to just about every comfortable couch or overstuffed chair, there is a big can or wicker basket of fruits and vegetables for the mind.  The baskets were originally filled with random or topical selections of books (holiday, illustrated stories, heroes, preschool, etc.).  Later we turned them into personal reading – one for each child and one for library books.  We change the selection periodically with input from the children.  It’s so fulfilling to see our children grab books to read alone or together stretched out on the couch or stuffed into the overstuffed chair.  Now if we can just find a good Farmers’ Market for books.”  With all of their years of personal education, experience and accomplishments, Clay and Sally Clarkson seem very humble.  I didn’t find judgment or absolutes in this book.  I encountered an undeniable love of Christ, family, life and learning, and the desire to pass that on to anyone and everyone that will listen.

Oh, I almost forgot, there are also more than 15 essential, time-saving, record-keeping, organizational forms at the end of the book.  One of my favorites is the “My 24 Family ‘Ways to Be” – Godly Character” form.  The “Ways to Be” are from Our 24 Family Ways:  A Family Devotional Guide by Clay Clarkson from Whole Heart Press.  24 Character traits and their descriptions are listed and memorized.  They are all simply and clearly written, but we’ve been concentrating on three for the past few weeks.   #8  Forgiveness – Treating someone who has offended me as though I had never been hurt.  #18  Peacemaker – Finding a way to avoid or end a disagreement rather than to begin or win it.   #21  Integrity – Knowing what is right and living that way.

HEIDI:  “I don’t think you have to convince me.  I think it’s more of a decision of when, not if; so, if I decide that I can’t wait until Christmas for this book, or if I decide to give it to myself for Christmas, but at an earlier date, where can I find it?”

ME:  “Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc. has a website at *https://apologia.securesites.net/ and you can find it there under apologia Press, Resources for Parents, along with Read for the Heart, another apologia book, by the Clarkson’s daughter, Sarah, that I reviewed this past May.”


or Contact:

Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc.

1106 Meridian Plaza Suite 220

Anderson, IN  46016  US

telephone – 888.524.4724

and

Questions or Comments for the Clarkson’s can be addressed to:

Whole Heart Ministries

P.O. Box 3445

Monument, CO  80132

email – www.wholeheart.org

telephone – 888.488.4466

ME:  “I’ll let you know, Heidi,  when I get my review posted and you can read my final thoughts about it then.  But, honestly, I suspect it’ll sound a lot like this conversation, shared straight from the heart.  I’ll attach a link to my crew mates reviews, too; so, you can read some other opinions.”

And so it is…

There’s little more to write for this review.  I think Educating the WholeHearted Child is a treasure chest full of God’s goodness, and every time I dip my hand into it, turn the page, I pull out another priceless gem.  I find it remarkable that this book has made such a defining impact on my life.  I trust God that His timing is perfect and this is the exact place of weariness that I needed it’s restorative power.  I am ever in awe of Him and His great love for me and the family that I adore.

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.

Your comments are most welcome.  Thanks. 

 

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Aug
10

Wordless Wednesday

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“From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of The Lord is to be praised!”  Psalm 113:3

 

 

 

 

May the peace of The Lord be with you,

 

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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

 


Click logo for website

 

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
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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I was born in the city, but while I was still in elementary school, just the thought of me in the local middle school had my mother moving our family to the country.  My birth certificate may say city, but my heart is pure country.

We got most of our vegetables from our own garden and often raised our own beef.  I know for a fact that we were poor, but I didn’t know it then.  I don’t ever remember being hungry.  We were well fed and well loved.

I should clarify though, that my mother’s version of well fed and mine are… different.

For instance, Ma didn’t like broccoli; so, we didn’t grow it and we didn’t eat it.  I seem to recall that we tried brussel sprouts one year – one time and not again.  Did you know, that based on research, if a food is served/eaten 10 times in a row – not just once – a child is more likely to develop a taste for it?  For dinner we ate a lot of home canned green beans, potatoes, tomatoes and corn, single or combo, beside a meat entree, with bread & butter as a filler.  Ma was a good cook.  The general thought was to make sure we had a decent start to our day, for school, and that we did not go to bed hungry.  I honestly don’t think she gave much consideration to balance, variety, color or even what our bodies might actually need to grow.

I, on the other hand, really like broccoli, and so do most of my children.  I remember reading a book by Raymond and Dorothy Moore, more than 15 years ago, that taught me, and therefore my family, that the largest meal of the day should be breakfast, followed by a medium lunch and a light dinner, giving everything plenty of time to digest over night.  My older children still remember getting up r.e.a.l.l.y. early, every day,  to eat a humongous breakfast, that took me hours to prepare.  Since we didn’t maintain it all of these years, my younger children have only heard stories, and occasionally seen hints of what I actually think is the best way to eat.  Over the years, I have researched and read many books looking for the best for my family.  Especially since my mother died nearly eight years ago from colon cancer.  I’ve learned much, consistently implemented some and passed on everything I could to my children, hoping they’ll do even better for theirs.  Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

I have not found anything like  Growing Healthy Homes – Nutrition 101:  Choose Life!

448 pages, 6 units of study divided into 4 chapters each and thoroughly covering anatomy & physiology, nutritional health and home economics.

  1. The Brain and Nervous System
  2. Digestion and Elimination
  3. Respiration and Olfactory
  4. Muscular and Skeletal Systems
  5. Cardiovascular and Immune Systems
  6. Endocrine System and Emotions

 

This is a Biblically based curriculum that explains the systems of our God-created bodies and the foods that are needed to assist them in their jobs.  The fact is:  our body is affected by what we eat. The authors remind us of a verse from III John, chapter 2, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”  It is their desire “to honor God by creating and distributing products that educate and empower His children to establish healthy, Christ-centered homes.”  Apart from creating and distributing products, their mission clearly mirrors mine for my family.

The amount of information that has been compiled in this book is unbelievable!  It can easily be used for the entire family, youngest child to adult; including high school credit.  There are activities, science projects, art projects, vocabulary, fun facts and at least 75 recipes.  Additional book suggestions, resources and discussion questions are listed at the end of each chapter and you’ll find 100 pages of charts, checklists and more.  The authors, homeschool mother Debra Raybern, N.D., M.H., C.N.C., I.C.A.; homeschool mother and researcher Sera Johnson, B.MU; mother and writer/editor Laura Hopkins, B.S.; and mother, grandmother and former Home Economics teacher Karen Hopkins, B.S., are gracious, wise and encouraging.

 

Click on the veggie picture to view a pdf Sample of Nutrition 101


The over-size, hard-bound, vibrantly colored book is beautiful!  (Yes, I love books, but, seriously, this one makes me feel rich just holding it in my hands.  And it takes both hands to hold it because it is big!)  It is $99.95.  There is a CD-Rom available for $79.95, but my favorite option is also the best value, the combo of both for $129.95.  I like having the book in my hands, and the flexibility to print the recipes and activities, with ease, from the download.  And… I get to offer you, my reader, a 15 % discount when you use coupon code TOScrew11 at checkout.

Growing Healthy Homes has other products you may be interested in:

Gentle Babies:  Essential Oils and Natural Remedies

Is There a Dr. Mom in Your House

The Raw Food Feast:  7 Days Through the Rainbow

 

Click Growing Healthy Homes logo, below, to follow their facebook page


Contact:

Address –

P.O. Box 3154

Bartlesville, OK  74006

Telephone –

918.841.2934

903.466.1564 (E. Texas)

832.298.1242 (S. Texas)

 

Growing  Healthy Homes – Nutrition 101:  Choosing Life! earns a 10 out of 10 Strawberries from our family.  We received the download and we have not completed it, yet.  Instead of printing and putting it into a large, cumbersome notebook, I am printing one unit at a time and putting each in a small, titled notebook.  I like it! and I have no doubt we will use it for years.

 

As always, you can find additional reviews, by my crew members, when you click on the TOS banner below.


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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