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Apr
28

A Top Ten List – What I Like To Do

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Here’s a little something about me.

A list of ten things I like to do, in no particular order:

 

  • Write.  That’s why I’m here on this page.  I like to write stories, poems, songs; and random blog posts!  Writing down characters, plots, and lyrics; that often weave their way through my brain, helps me focus my thoughts and make room for other things.
  • Draw.  I have been doing this for as long as I can remember.  Holding a pencil in my hand feels as natural as breathing.  I like drawing from my imagination — abstract ideas and cartoons; and I like drawing things that I see around me — people, landscapes, and still life.
  • Paint.  Watercolor is one of my favorite mediums.  I find it relaxing and challenging at the same time.  I was a color-inside-the-lines kind of kid, and painting with watercolors coaxes me outside of the box; and sort of forces me to go with the flow.

 

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  • Read.  I can’t think of a genre I don’t like.  I like both fiction and non-fiction — historical, fantasy, Christian romance, mystery and thriller, short stories; and poetry.  I also like reading The Bible.  I read nearly anytime and anywhere I can!  I’m afraid I may never be able to express the endless happiness that reading gives me.
  • Spend time with my family.  I couldn’t ask for better people in my life.  My family is so much fun!  Whether we are on a Sunday drive, hiking, looking for adventure; or just hanging out, talking, laughing, and playing games — we enjoy each others company.
  • Camp.  This is another great family activity!  We generally pitch tents and sleep on the ground in sleeping bags.  We’ve camped in the summer heat and the frozen cold of a spring day that was still too close to winter’s breath.  I like the great outdoors, camp fires and s’mores, lying under the stars at night; and soaking up every wonder of God’s creation.
  • Sing.  I like to sing, but I don’t like to perform.  I like to sing spontaneously, around the house and in the car.  I like the sound of blending my voice with my mom’s and dad’s, and/or sibling’s voices, whether we’re praising God; or goofing off with our favorite tunes. 

 

As I read over this list, seeing my favorite likes in one place, I realize how thankful I am that God has allowed me to do so many things.  My family has never had a lot of money, but clearly The Lord has blessed me abundantly.

I’d love to hear what you like to do.  If you share your list in the comments below,  I’ll be sure to read them!  Thanks.

 

Warmly,

Sarah E.

 

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Apr
27

How Does Your Garden Grow?

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It’s Spring! 

What are you planting this year? 

What are you cultivating in your heart and mind;

and in the hearts and minds of your children?

 

Great minds - Eleanor Roosevelt

 

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“Keep clear of personalities in conversation.

Talk of things, objects, thoughts.

The smallest minds occupy themselves with persons.

Do not needlessly report ill of others.

As far as possible, dwell on the good side of human beings.

There are family boards where a constant process of depreciating,

assigning motives, and cutting up character, goes forward.

They are not pleasant places.

One who is healthy does not wish to dine at a dissecting table.

There is evil enough in man, God knows.

But it is not the mission of every young man and woman to detail and report it all.

Keep the atmosphere as pure as possible,

and fragrant with gentleness and charity.”

– John Hall, Pastor (1829-1898)

 

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“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ,

set your hearts on things above,

where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”

Colossians 3:1-2

 

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“A house is no home unless it contain food and fire

for the mind as well as for the body.”

– Margaret Fulle

 

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May we sow seeds of heirloom quality.

[An heirloom seed is seed from a plant

that has been passed from one generation to another,

carefully grown and saved

because it is considered valuable.]

May we grow strong and sure,

seeing a heritage of fine harvests.

 

Blessings,

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Apr
01

40 Days Without TV

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Today is the first of 40 days without TV in my house.  It’s been years since we’ve not had TV.  I used to be able to say that  it had been years since we watched TV.  At one point, we had been without TV, by choice, for more years than we had had one.  We decided to get Basic Cable connected to keep up with the Presidential election, for Government & Economics class, at the beginning of 2008; and we’ve had it since then.  Ugh!  It’s not that our program choices are bad, poor, or even questionable, usually.  It just seems to be a robber of time, imagination, and interaction.

Presently, this is an experiment.  We are observing each other and asking the questions of ourselves, “How is my life affected, negatively or positively, without TV?” and “What changes do I see, in myself or others?”  I’ve noticed a few bad habits that have taken up residence over the years, but I have every expectation that they’ll be so malnourished during this time that they’ll slip away into non-existence.  “May I finish this show while I’m eating? It’s educational.”  “Instead of a story tonight, maybe we could watch a short movie?”  “I started watching this with everyone and it’ll be over in half an hour, do I have to go to bed on time?”  “It’s too cold, too wet or too hot; and it takes too much energy to be outside.  I’d rather watch TV for a few minutes.”  I want to re-establish good habits, and the desire for them.

Not nearly enough reading, drawing, and creativity has been going on around here lately.  My aim is to bring attention, once again, to what we’re missing when we spend more time watching how something is made, instead of making something ourselves; or watching someone else sing, praise, pray, or dig into The Word, instead of purposefully hiding God’s Word in our own heart.  We watch someone prepare a gourmet meal on The Cooking Channel, but end up with take-out pizza because we were sitting, watching TV instead of grocery shopping.  Ugh!  It’s my intention to see this thief eradicated, and balance restored.  I want my family engaged in living their own life, instead of watching others live theirs.  I want to re-establish good habits, and the desire for them.

 

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How do you maintain balance in your home?  I’ll let you know how this works for us.

Blessings,

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Nov
05

Day 5 ~ Rejoice with Me!

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I am thankful that no matter how things appear – God is still on The Throne!  

 

A couple of weeks ago our refrigerator stopped working properly.  Then, less than a week after that, our car started making a troubling sound – it needs a new transmission.  Oh, my!  Today, my husband’s old truck left him stranded on the road.  Presently it is dead!  Oh, oh, my!  Inevitably, there always seems to be some sort of shakin’-up going on around here; but not one of these incidents alone or even combined is bigger than our God.

 

Rejoice with Me, because He is faithful and I can toss the entire complicated, financially impossible burden on Him.

[1 Peter 5:6-7] Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time,casting all your care on Him, because He cares about you.”

Rejoice with Me, not in the hardships but in the knowledge that God will bring us through the hard areas and the difficult times.

[James 1:2-4] “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Rejoice with Me!  God IS sovereign!

He is The Almighty, The Possessor of all power in Heaven and earth.  His counsels cannot be defeated nor His purposes thwarted.  Nothing happens without His permission!  

“…He is the blessed and only Sovereign, The King of kings, and The Lord of lords,” [1 Timothy 6:15]

 

 

Blessings,

 

#Thanksgiving  #Blessings  #SovereignGod

 

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Sep
19

Fighting Obesity

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Everyone needs daily physical activity.  Generally, our level of physical fitness reflects the state of our overall health, and the body’s fitness is usually determined by the amount of physical work we do.  Many of our ancestors physically worked hard every day.  They were naturally active.  Technological progress has changed the very nature of work.  Often, we sit at work and then, we sit at home.  Establishing a regimen of consistent physical exercise has the potential to improve our health, well-being and life expectancy.  Yet, it seems so difficult to implement.  I’m hoping that if I start a program with my children, now, maybe it will become such a habit that they will continue it into adulthood.  The experts estimate that “by 2015 75% of all US kids, adolescents and adults will be overweight or obese.”  That’s a statistic I’d rather not have a direct connection to.

Family Time Fitness  is Physical Education for everyone, but with their Fitness 4 Homeschool Curriculum it is especially for the Home School.

 

 

 

Designed for grades K through 8th, Family Time Fitness utilizes the Guided Discovery Method to teach Movement Education.  “Guided Discovery is based on providing simple instruction then allowing children to explore movements on their own.”  Guided Discovery is approved by the International Youth Conditioning Association.

 

Family Time Fitness gives us, as parents and teachers, the instruction needed to confidently teach our children basic physical movement:

Skipping

Hopping

Crawling

Shuffling

Running

and Jumping

Each of the 260 lessons is clearly outlined with written instructions and video examples to follow.

Lessons detail –

Skills Taught

Equipment Needed

and Suggested Recovery Time

Plus –

3-5 activities for Warm-up:

Standing Leg Swings

Arm Circles

Toe Raises

Heel Walks

Ankle Alphabets

the Rocking Horse Series

and More…

3 or 4 activities for Game Play:

Wall Sits

Ball Circles

Shuffle & Skip with Toss

Partner Turn and Pass

Shoulder Tag

Bear Crawl

and Several Others…

2-3 Cool Down activities:

the Bowing Pose

Lion Pose

Crossover Stretch

Palm Tree Pose

and Single Leg Stretch

To Name a Few…

And 1 Outdoor Activity:

Freeze Tag

Monkey in the Middle

Who can Hula Hoop the Longest?

The Agility Course

and More.

 

 

 

The lessons are structured to provide 25-45 minutes of physical activity, with an additional 15-30 minutes of outdoor play included for a full 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise daily.  On average, it is taking us an entire hour just to accomplish the 25-45 minute activity.  Sometimes for fun, they do the 15-30 minute play, later in the day.  Other days, lack of time doesn’t allow us to do anymore PE for the day.  This program is flexible to any schedule, adaptable to any level of fitness and can be easily modified to meet each family’s needs.

It is recommended that Fitness 4 Homeschool be used at the same time each day, 5 days a week.  Presently, we are only using it 2 to 3 times a week.  Believing that “physical activity helps activate the brain and improves on task behavior,” we have set our family fitness time first thing in the morning; after face washing and teeth brushing, but before breakfast and school.  Starting after breakfast tends to churn up breakfast-in-the-belly because this, seriously, is a workout!

 

 

The lessons are designed so they can be done in limited space, but I think our space restrictions are a little much even for Family Time Fitness.  We couldn’t seem to do any of the activities in the house.  We did everything outside, and if the weather didn’t permit being outside then we postponed the lesson.  For those that have ample clear floor space, ideas and suggestions are added for indoor use.  For example, “Use foam balls for activities that require a ball with an alternative being a blow up beach ball.”

 

Lots of the activities are done without equipment, but some require readily available items that make the lessons more enjoyable:

Bean Bags – or small Balls, even a pair of socks rolled into a ball shape

Jump Ropes

Hula Hoops

Playground Balls – basketball, soccer ball or volley ball

Foam Balls

Cones – alternative might be a box, a bucket or even a large rock

Measuring Tape

Stop Watch

and an Exercise Mat – if needed after assessment of activity area


 

A Tracking Calendar is provided.  It can be copied and used for record keeping, as well as encouragement when a lesson is completed.

 

There is also an Assessment Form.  It is optional, but it is helpful to gauge where your child is starting in skill level and aptitude.  Assessing again, in 6-8 weeks, will usually show a noticeable improvement in a number of areas –

Strength

Mobility

Agility

Flexibility

Coordination

Balance

Endurance

and Mental Acuity

Other tools to assist you include:  a Daily Food Diary, Grocery List, a Meal Planner; and a Nutrition Log.

 

I have the PDF version of Fitness 4 Homeschool – Core 1 Physical Education Curriculum.  Paying a one time fee of $57 will give you access for a lifetime.  One of my favorite things in this format is the One Page Summaries.  One Page Summaries provide an overview of each lesson.  They were actually created to save on print costs.  How considerate!  You print one page and use it as a reference guide for the lesson you reviewed.  The lessons are formatted for the iPad and smartphones, too!  That’s another print saver.

 

 

It’s my intention to continue with Family Time Fitness and promote a few good habits with my children.  My youngest daughter loves “exercising and playing together.”  Her favorite activity is actually a Warm-up:  “Popcorn.”  The child lies flat on her back with her arms extended over her head.  She brings her knees to her chest, holding her legs with her arms wrapped around them.  She lifts her head as close to her knees as possible, holding that position to the count of 10.  Then, she “pops out” and back to the starting position!

My son gets distracted waiting for the set up or instruction for the next game.  He’s also extremely competitive and has to be reminded that every activity is not a contest against one of his siblings.  I’m looking forward to the improvement in his skill level, but also a positive change in his attitude.

The oldest daughter that is participating sees the benefit of “purposefully moving,” but has never enjoyed exercising.  “If you have to do it, Family Time Fitness is more fun with the family than working out alone.”

 

Comments or Questions?

Contact

Email ~ CustomerService@FamilyTimeFitness.com

Phone ~ 979.209.0778

or Write ~

Family Time Fitness

3131F East 29th Street

Bryan, TX  77802

 

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 “Be enthusiastic about physical activity.  Children will give physical activity the same importance and enthusiasm that the parent or teacher gives.”

 

Blessings,

 

 

Disclaimer*   I received the Fitness 4 Homeschool – Core 1 Education Curriculum, in exchange for my honest review; as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew.  I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

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Sep
06

Everyday Homemaking

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Econobusters  is a website dedicated to busting free from this economy, with Molly Green.  Molly shares frugal tips, recipes, advice and more to help you maintain balance in your home and life, while saving all the “green” you can.  Now, Molly has her very own product review crew, built on the standards you’ve come to rely on from the Schoolhouse Review Crew.

 

 

 

Drum roll, please…  This is the first product review for The Molly Crew!

 

What could be better than everyday homemaking?  Isn’t that just what we’re trying to do everyday – create, maintain, or improve our home and life?

 

Everyday Homemaking is jam-packed with practical ideas and tools to help you better manage your household and time. Practical ideas, time- and money-saving tips, useful products, links to our favorite sites–family resources that God has used to enable us to live our lives more abundantly. Everyday Homemaking–practical ideas for busy families, like

 

yours and mine.”

 

 

 

I basically grew up in a single-parent household.  My dad was career Army and my mother raised us alone.  I was well-loved, but unprepared for adult life in many ways.  I felt like I was given a good foundation for motherhood, but not homemaking or housekeeping.   Vicki Bentley  is the author of Everyday Homemaking.  Her biography begins with the little tidbit of information that “she is the mother of eight daughters, foster mom of over fifty, and grandma to fifteen wonderful grandbabies.”  Wah! As you read further, you discover that she was able to homeschool 17 children, alongside her husband Jim, and was still able to “open the front door to guests.”   I have only seven children still living at home–they’re not babies–and more times than not, I meet my guests on the porch.  The Lord wants us to practice hospitality, but my lack of housekeeping skills often prevents me from doing so, and that’s sad.  I am awestruck at what Vicki’s been able to successfully accomplish in her life!  I wish we had been next-door neighbors when my older ones were growing up, but I’m grateful for the positive impact that she’s had on my life from this point.

 

One of The Molly Crew’s choices for review was Vicki’s Everyday Cooking – a collection of tried-and-true recipes…  The e-book format is $14.99.  I’m looking forward to reading my Crew mates reviews of this book, since I chose to review The Everyday Family Chore System.

 

 

 

 

I chose to review this book because the first words I read said, “Household management training!”  Vicki Bentley actually explains that her intentions are for it to be a springboard…to encourage and provide tools to help you mentor your children in what it means to be a responsible, caring, sharing part of your family.”  This was my first ray of hope that all was not lost, because these are the characteristics my older children display.

 

The book is divided into three parts:

 

1.)  Laying a Foundation – “Child training is the first step to successful home management training.”

 

I was immediately reminded of Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go…”  This is a foundational truth.  I appreciate that there are Biblical references throughout this book.  Somewhere, over the past several years I recognize that I’ve become careless in my child training.

 

2.)  Implementing the Plan
– Assign responsibilities
– Teach them HOW to work
– Motivate them to succeed

 

The facts are that the reasons for establishing a family chore system are more than having your home clean and organized.  Although, my husband would say this is prime, at the moment; and rightly so.  It also presents a way for us to faithfully serve one another, and provides an opportunity for me to teach vital life skills to my children.  Before now, I had no plan; consequently some of these areas have been neglected and are quite weak.

 

3.)  The Actual Chore System
The Everyday Family Chore System
– How-to-do-it Cards

 

Vicki believes Part 3 is the most important part of this book.  I would agree that for most people, especially those just contemplating a chore system of any type, first-time parents or a young family, this is probably true.  This is the section with the details of how to create your working chore charts and lists.  Part 3 is where she stresses that you must teach your child HOW to work, and shares her “essential element”
in the system — the How-to-do-it Cards.

 

 

She highlights several different ideas of how to implement the Everyday Family Chore System.  Even though we already have a chore system based on a rotation schedule, I chose to follow her suggestions and make a new chore chart.  I used a magnetic white board, because I already had it, and I purchased colored magnetic material that I could write names and chores on; and cut apart.  If I were starting from scratch, I think I would be tempted to use the magnetic wall paint I saw in the craft store. It looks so cool! It allows you to make nearly anything magnetic and then paint over it with the color of your choice!

 

We headed our chore chart with the words – Family Service = Loving Each Other,
followed by the verse from Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for The Lord, not for man.”

 

 

Ultimately, the chart itself worked similarly to the one we were already using.  However, the concept of the How-to-do-it Cards, although simple, is remarkable.  It changes everything! Especially, if you’re just starting to train your child.

 

The strength of the Everyday Family Chore System, for me, is found in Vicki Bentley’s ability to fill a gap for parents. She challenges parents to model behavior, and to have a clear definition of what it means to train and to discipline. She guides them to an understanding of basic foundational principles, that might never have been considered; backing every truth with scripture.  She teaches parents how to train their children. She is so generous with her knowledge and information–I just read the Basic Foundational Principles on her blog the other day. She has been blessed and she is a blessing.

 

 

This book is available coil bound – $19.99 or 91 pages in e-book format for $17.99.

 

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Blessings,

 

 

 

 

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Jul
18

Who Is My Neighbor?

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“The fact is that we are better together than we are apart.  A family, a neighborhood, a church, or a country is more than just a collection of what each person brings to the group.  Together, we enrich each other’s lives through our individual interests, gifts, and talents.  And only when we live and work and play together can we become the kinds of healthy, balanced, purpose-filled people God created us to be.”  My family challenges and inspires me to be the best I can be, for God and my world.  I desire to do the same for them.

Who Is My Neighbor? And Why Does He Need Me?  is the third book in the series, What We Believe, published by Apologia Press with Summit Ministries.

What We Believe is a Biblical worldview series.  It is my responsibility to teach my children “how to use Scripture as a lens; viewing the world through it.”   If I don’t, I set them up to become a grim statistic –

“Well over two-thirds of young people leave church soon after graduating from high school or starting college.  Many are already gone by their teen years,” says Davis Carman, steward of Apologia Educational Ministries.  The vision for the What We Believe series is, as quoted from Apologia:

  • to help children build their lives on the solid rock of God and His Word
  • to encourage family discipleship as an educational model
  • to eliminate the fear factor of teaching worldview at home
  • to decrease the rate at which young men and women are leaving the Christian faith

 

Who Is My Neighbor? And Why Does He Need Me? is beautifully bound in a hard cover book.  It is an easy to read conversation, geared for students ages 6 – 14.  You can find a Lesson 1 sample here.  Who Is My Neighbor? is Scripturally sound, but not denominationally specific.  It touches many subjects; teaching more than Bible.

 

 

I believe the return on the $39 investment for the textbook, which includes access to additional resources and many online extras, has the possibility of being incalculable.  There is also a Notebooking Journal – $24, and a Coloring Book – $8, that corresponds to and reinforces each lesson.

 

 

I have had the privilege of teaching  Who Is God? And How Can I Know Him? and Who Am I? And What Am I Doing Here? , and we are now savoring Who Is My Neighbor? And Why Does He Need Me?.  We continue to read, notebook, discuss and ponder, question, answer and memorize.  I wholeheartedly endorse this worldview curriculum.  It has been a joy to use such well-written, dependable material.

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There is a lesson plan outlined for each book in the series, but it is not mandated.  In fact, each book is set up to allow maximum flexibility.  We learn at our own pace.  It is also noteworthy that each book is set up to stand on its own and must not necessarily build upon the previous one, although, there are keys that connect from one to the other.  Personally, I appreciate the order designed by the authors, and I’m pleased we started with the first book.

Who Is My Neighbor? And Why Does He Need Me? is a detailed 276 pages, comprised of  8 Lessons, each structured around The Big Idea – which is an intro to the main subject.

Chapters covered include:

  1. Does Anyone Really Need Me?  “Two are better than one… If one falls down, his friend can help him up, but pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!”  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
  2. How Can I Make A Difference?  “My children, we should love people not only with words and talk, but by our actions and true caring.”  1 John 3:18
  3. Who Is My Neighbor?  “I tell you the truth, anything you did for even the least of my people here, you also did for me.”  Matthew 25:40
  4. Why Did God Make Families?  “Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”  Mark 10:9
  5. What Can I Do For My Country?  “He makes nations great, and destroys them:  He enlarges nations, and disperses them.”  Job 12:23
  6. Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?  “For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.”  James 3:16
  7. Who Is God’s Family?  “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”  Galatians 6:10
  8. Why Does The Church Need Me?  “Be encouraged and knit together, by strong ties of love.”  Colossians 2:2

 

 

I use the learning objectives for each lesson, laid out in What You Will Do, to guide our conversations and reinforce what we read.    

A Short Story is read and used to demonstrate a situation and how it might be handled when a Christian Worldview is in action.  The stories contain marvelous detail, and although they can run long, my children anticipate each one!

Vocabulary words are listed separately in Words You Need To Know.  I have the children write these and their definitions, along with their Bible memory verses, from Hide It In Your Heart, first.  We refer back to them as needed.

There are various articles in each lesson, touching on subjects of art, music, math and science, etc., that tie into the main idea – either directly or through the short story.  This is Integrated Learning.  In a section titled What Should I Do?, a specific Godly character trait is highlighted.  Combining Integrated Learning and What Should I Do?  gives us the opportunity to brainstorm several scenarios and the best way to handle them.

I use the Prayer section as a model, to keep our prayer time focused on the attributes of the lesson.

Encounters with Jesus is one of our favorite portions of each lesson.  It “is a story, adapted from Scripture, about a person who encountered Jesus during His ministry on earth… Through these stories students can explore how Jesus showed God’s love to individuals in their time of need, thus providing an example for students to follow as they meet people in need.”

Thanks to Apologia Press, Worldview Study is no longer a dynamic I neglect in our Bible studies.  In every lesson, we are given knowledge that helps us center our lives on God’s Truth, knowing what we believe and why.  “When we recognize the components of our own worldview, we can begin to look at other worldviews and understand why others believe as they do.”  As Christians, we have a hope in Christ Jesus, The One True and Living God, that other religions don’t have.  Worldview equips us to effectively communicate that hope to others.

Through all four books in this series, we are reminded that we are building a House of Truth In this volume, Who Is My Neighbor?, we erect the third wall, the Servanthood Wall, adding on to the foundation and the first wall, the Fellowship Wall, built in Who Is God?, and the second wall, the Image-Bearing Wall,  from Who Am I?.  This is intended as a memory aid and can be drawn in the notebook, built with items you have on hand, or purchased separately from Summit Ministries, as a three-dimensional, build-as-you-go model.

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Comments or Questions?

Contact ~

Write

Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc.

1106 Meridian Plaza, Suite 220/340

Anderson, IN  46016

Call

888.524.4724

or

765.608.3280

Email

biblicalworldview@apologia.com


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It is my hope that I have laid a firm foundation; built my house and home on Truth, and that my sons, as they travel to Quebec, Canada, this week, on a mission trip, to minister to the needs of our neighbors, will have assurance and full confidence in sharing their worldview.  May The Lord keep them, and may they be “salt and light”  for the cause of Christ.

 

 

Blessings,

 

 

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Apr
06

Perfectly Designed

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One of our favorite places to visit, as a family, is the zoo.  Any zoo!  We’ve gone to the zoo in other cities, as part of a vacation.  We’ve visited the zoo at the end of a particular study, as a wrap-up, field trip.  We’ve purchased a year-long, family membership, numerous times over the years, as a birthday present.  In anticipation, we have several go-to animal guides, and animal stories that we read, and reference, before we head to the zoo.  Recently, we added a brand new story!

 

 

Amazing Animals by Design is written by one of my TOS Crew mates, Debra Haagen, and has been published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises.  It is the story of a family visiting a zoo.  Often, no matter how many times we’ve been there, if it is estimated that it takes 3 hours to walk through a particular zoo, it will take our family five or six or even seven hours, because we talk and teach, soaking up God’s wonderful creation and design.  In just 24 pages, that’s what Amazing Animals by Design does, too.

John and Sarah, the main characters of the story, go to the zoo with their parents.  They see elephants, zebras, giraffes, lions, cheetahs, a caracal, ostriches, and Barbary sheep.  Every question they have is answered from the point of creation and intelligent design!  This is a wonderful introduction for young children to the idea that we are all perfectly designed by God, to fulfill His purposes.

Amazing Animals by Design can be purchased as a bound book, for $8.99, or as an instant digital download, for $7.99.  You can click and follow [John] to the bookstore, for purchasing information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click and follow [Sarah], and she’ll take you to Amazing Animals by Design on facebook.  This is a great place to get to interact with the author!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, other TOS Homeschool Review Crew Members had the opportunity to read Amazing Animals by Design, and you can read their reviews by clicking the graphic below.

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a rainy day here, today.  We won’t be visiting the zoo, but as soon as I sign off my daughter has asked that we read Amazing Animals by Design…again.  So, that’s just what we’ll do, soaking in the wonder of God’s creation, and reinforcing how perfectly designed everything is, especially her!

 

Blessings,

 

 

 

Disclaimer*  A digital copy of 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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Mar
16

The Art of Argument

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I consider myself to be a logical person, but I have had no formal training in Logic.  I usually hold my own in a debate, if I am knowledgeable or passionate about a subject.  I’m comfortable making a sensible statement from my point of view.  Until recently, I didn’t realize that the art of reasonable argument can be taught.  I didn’t know that curriculum is available for teaching Logic, and that “mastery of logic is a requisite skill for mastering other subjects.”

The Art of Argument, is one of the exceptional studies offered by Classical Academic Press.  It teaches the ability to reason and to recognize poor reasoning.

 

 

 

It covers 28 fallacies of relevance, presumption and clarity, over 28 chapters.  This is an introduction to the informal fallacies.  It was designed with Junior High students in mind, but my older children, who have had no previous teaching in logic,  are learning the definitions and fallacies that are presented, as well.  The more they practice them, the quicker they are able to recognize them.

The publisher states that “fallacies are present on the political left and right (and in the middle) and in the arguments of people of all kinds of political, religious, and cultural viewpoints.  No one ‘school of thought’ is fallacy-free!”  We and our children are bombarded with political jargon, especially in this election year, advertisements and commercials, editorials, etc.  Having the skills to wade through the swamp of errant information and clearly identify the flawed arguments is critical to finding the truth.

We have not completed this course, but we already utilize what we have learned.   We have more awareness of the need to filter and evaluate what we hear, plus we’re learning to use the tools of detection and analysis that we’ve been given.  Yes, I said weI am learning to be even more logically reasonable in my arguments  discussions.  Jokingly, my husband is not amused, as he already believed my talents have been wasted and I should have become a lawyer.  I reason that I’d do well to take advantage of learning logic now, making sure my children don’t get ahead of me!

 

 

Classical Academic Press offers classical curricula and media in Latin, Spanish, Greek, French, Logic, Bible and Poetry. They back their products with a 30-day money back guarantee.

 

 

 The Art of Argument student book is a workbook – text and discussion, questions and essays.  It is $21.95.

The Teacher’s Edition, includes the complete student text, answer keys, quizzes and tests, for $24.95.

A set of 5 DVD’s, teaching videos to complement The Art of Argument, is available for $54.95.

Although, I have not been familiar with the teaching of Logic, I see the value of it, and we will pursue it.  I found it somewhat difficult to teach, probably because of my lack of familiarity, and the children thought it was dry.  We tend to follow a living school  or school-of-life system of learning, and The Art of Argument doesn’t seem easily adaptable.  If it is something you are interested in, I suggest you examine the CAP curriculum.  Their focus is “clear design and structure, incremental and systematic instruction, all with a touch of delight, creativity and flair.”

For your convenience, I’ve provided links throughout this post that you can follow for more information.  You’ll also find my crew mates reviews by clicking on the TOS graphic, below.

Comments or Questions?

Contact:

Classical Academic Press
3920 Market Street
Camp Hill, PA 17011

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Toll Free: 866-730-0711
Phone: 717-730-0711

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Euripides is credited with saying, “reason can wrestle and overthrow terror.”  Maybe he knew The Old Testament Scripture, Isaiah 41:10, “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  Seems logical to me.

Blessings,

 

 

A trial period of 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.

 

 

 

 

*Contents of this blog are copyrighted;  they are the property of Knee Deep In Grace and may not be used without written permission.

 

 


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Feb
27

It is Beeyoutiful!

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A month ago, or so, my youngest daughter came across a basket of her baby things, items that were used in her nursery, that I had put away until I could decide what I would sentimentally keep and what I would discard.  She asked if she could use the baby lamp in her room now.  “Oh, pleeeeease.”  I didn’t put up much resistance and said, “sure.”  Over the course of the next couple of days, she moved that lamp to several locations in the room, until she found “just the perfect place.”  During one of the moves, the lamp shade was bumped and her chin hit the hot light bulb.  Please, don’t ask me if I was still okay with my “sure” instead of my usual, “no, leave it alone, it really isn’t necessary.”  It burned, blistered, and hurt.  I treated it, prayed over it, and loved-on her.  She said, “I’m okay, I’m okay,” with watery eyes and a forced smiley-grimace.  Actually, she’s one of my easy ones, when it comes to getting hurt.  She’s calm, collected and trusting.

The next day I got Miracle Skin Salve, from Beeyoutiful, in the mail.  I knew there was a product arriving any day, but I didn’t know when, and I didn’t know what.  Not one to believe in coincidence, I was thrilled with the Divine intervention that had my little girl covered before I even knew she’d need it.

 

 

The insert telling me about it says:  “This delicate, summer-leaf-colored cream, full of skin-soothing, natural ingredients looks as healthy as it is. Spread on a dab of Miracle Skin Salve to treat:

• Cuts and abrasions (cover with a bandage if necessary!) • Stubborn splinters (to help them work their way out) • Insect bites and stings • Inflamed and swollen injuries or bruises • Painful hemorrhoids • Diaper rash and tender bottoms • Dry, chapped skin • Minor burns • Yeast-related rashes like eczema and psoriasis • Cold sores • Post-staph infection and skin surgery sites (to reduce scarring apply daily for 2 to 3 months).

You’ll notice fast healing thanks to the miraculous blend of ingredients that moisturize and soothe while providing anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory aid to skin irritations and injuries. These reliable, natural ingredients give Miracle Skin Salve its power: Coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, bee propolis, organic plantain leaf, organic comfrey root, organic calendula flowers, and essential oils of lavender and rosemary.

So many natural, healthy ingredients in it that even though I wasn’t familiar with the product, yet, I was comfortable trying it.  “Beeyoutiful skin products contain NO Parabens, Formaldehyde, Petroleum derived ingredients or SLS Detergents.  They are all manufactured in the USA, using pure, all natural ingredients.”  By this time, the area on her chin was weepy and raw looking.  I gently dabbed the Miracle Skin Salve on her burn and it instantly soothed it.  She wasn’t sure if it would sting, or not, and it didn’t.  It has healed nicely and we continue to use it, to reduce any scarring to her face.

 

I find comfort in knowing I have it in the house, in case of emergency, but also for the little things, like splinters and insect bites.  It is $15 for 2 oz. or $25 for 4 oz., and I honestly think it’s worth it!  It is effective and it goes a long way.

My youngest grandson was born on Christmas Eve, just over a year ago.  He is a bright, beautiful, allergic-reaction-waiting-to-happen!  Yes, he’s allergic to nuts and peas and…  He also has atopic dermatitis.  It is a type of eczema, with skin inflammation, rash, and intense itching.  Because he’s a baby, much of it is located on his face and head.  My daughter has gone through several products in an attempt to manage it and keep him comfortable.  Cetaphil Moisturing Lotion was the best she had found, but he would still have miserable outbreaks and the patches were never completely cleared.  Nana (that’s me) to the rescue, with my latest discovery, the Miracle Skin Salve!  I slathered his little face and ears with it, and within an hour or two all the redness and inflammation was gone.  We could still see and feel a residual rash, but it worked so well, so quickly, that I gave my daughter a teaspoonful to use on a continual basis.  It worked miraculously!  It completely cleared his rash!  She was so excited to see his baby-smooth skin, again.  She bought the 4 oz. container, has used it generously, every other day, and it’s lasted about a month.  Different things can cause an eczema outbreak,  but the peace of mind we have, knowing she can now manage it, keeping him healthy and happy, is priceless.

I also used the B.A.L.M.  Beeyoutiful All-Natural Lip Moisturizer is a keeper!  “Conventional lip moisturizers can be harsh and even damaging to fragile lip membranes with chemicals and fuel derived bases. Beeyoutiful’s all natural Lip Balms offer you a choice of a soothing, healing lip balm that you can be confident in the ingredients, knowing you are using the very best on your lips!”  At $3 a tube we can each have our own and I don’t have to feel guilty for hiding mine!

 

 

At Beeyoutiful.com they believe “that each individual is responsible for their own health.”  They are caring for themselves and their families, just as we are, and they desire to share the tools; the products, that are beneficial to them.  They want to “aid others in obtaining and maintaining good health.”

On their site you’ll find useful information:

The Articles section ~

  • Preparing for Pregnancy Video Series
  • Anemia
  • Heartburn
  • Frankincense Essential Oil
  • and more

Nutritional Supplements ~

  • Bone and Joint Health
  • Circulatory Support
  • Pregnancy and Prenatal
  • Weight Management
  • and numerous others

Natural Skin Care

  • Eucalyptus Bath Salts
  • Milk & Honey Facial Bar
  • Miracle Skin Salve
  • Lavishmint Hydrating Toner
  • and many other items

 

Please, follow the links I’ve provided throughout this post and take a few minutes to check out the various products available from Beeyoutiful.  Their website is easy to navigate, and you can Shop by Product or Shop by Health Concern.  If you want to investigate further, click on the graphic below to read other reviews by my crew mates.

 

 

Comments or Questions?

Contact:

Beeyoutiful.com

Box 1

Nunnelly, TN  37137

1.800.556.0967

 

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.

Thanks for sharing your comments.

*Contents of this blog are copyrighted;  they are the property of Knee Deep In Grace and may not be used without written permission.

 

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