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Free Christmas Carols Songbook

Rad Roadtrips is offering a terrific and free Christmas Carols Song Book.

Have fun caroling this year, or enjoy singing around the fireplace.

 

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Teaching Character Traits

Focus on the Family has a great Christian character trait program called Character Crew. You can access it for free.

The program covers:

  1. Respect
  2. Citizenship
  3. Hope
  4. Compassion
  5. Courage
  6. Honesty
  7. Excellence
  8. Perseverance
  9. Responsibility

 

 

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Free Creation Science Videos

You can go to NWCreation.net for a large selection of free online creation science videos!

Amazing site!

 

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Free History/Bible Curriculum

          From Ancient Times: Creation to Assyria

FREE 1-year plan to study world history. Lesson plans include 36 weeks (180 days).

116 Pages

You can get this download free for a limited time at CurrClick. 

 

 

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Free 3 Year Bible Curriculum

This is an awesome find!!

Danika Cooley at Thinking Kids is offering a 3 year Bible curriculum for grades 1-12. It is divided by grade level groups to make it easier for you. Bible Road Trip will allow your family to survey the Bible cover-to-cover in 3 years ~ with breaks for summer!

Notebooking about the Word ~ Bible Road Trip

Here is what is included:

  • A 3 Year Bible Survey Syllabus ~ A schedule of Bible study (book by book), Scripture reading and memorization, and additional activities such as: notebooking, crafts, and great videos and books
  • Each year consists of a 32 week, customizable schedule. ~ This schedule can be expanded to allow for more time for study in any given area.
  • 4 separate levels of study (Lower Grammar ~ Grades 1-3, Upper Grammar ~ Grades 4-6, Dialectic ~ Grades 7-9, Rhetoric ~ Grades 10-12)
  • Each level is designed to coordinate with the other grade levels, while allowing growing students to delve deeper and even begin to share what they are learning in new and exciting ways (consistent with the theories underlying Classical Education).
  • Bible Road Trip does not address specific theological or doctrinal arguments. (There are some discussions over the manner in which we approach Scripture in the upper grades.)  For example, though I believe in the literal Creation account, and I was careful to choose materials that did not discount that very valid view of the Bible, you will not find anything here that specifically addresses Creationism.  There are many wonderful ministries that you can consult for additional materials.  Rather, weeks 3-5 of Year One of Bible Road Trip will acquaint students with the book of Genesis – its authorship, themes, storyline, and timing in actual history.

 

 

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Back to School Morning Routine Cards–Free

Living Lucortois offering free kid’s morning routine flash cards. They come in pink/green for girls and blue/green for boys.

I Can Teach My Child is also offering morning routine cards. These come in four different color options–blue, red, pink, and green. She talks about using a magnetic knife bar that she ordered from Amazon for $16.00. If you live near a Harbor Freight, you can pick up a magnetic bar for a little of nothing; I think I paid about $5.00. I have two. I use one in my kitchen for my knives. My husband mounted it to pretty white crown molding and then against my kitchen wall.

 

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Free Scripture Coloring Sheets and Activities

The Children’s Chapel has a great choice of free coloring sheets and activities for learning scripture. They cover the Old Testament and the New Testament both.
Enjoy!

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2012 in Giveaways/Freebies, Jesus, Kids

 

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Weigh In

Today’s post might stir you just a bit. No ill will is intended in any way, shape, or form. I am just expressing my thoughts and hoping you will weigh in with yours. I am open to what you have to say.

I belong to lots of online forum groups. I find the groups provide support, ideas, tips, links to great resources, new friendship opportunities and so much more. Some groups are Yahoo groups and the rest I have bookmarked. I think I have a pretty good balance or variety of groups from which I draw…special needs, unschooling, right-brained visual learners, Christian homeschool groups, creative thinkers, eclectic learners, singles (meaning only children) and so forth. One group I have not visited is the secular homeschool circles. I have lots of friends who do belong to secular homeschool groups for various reasons. I know many, not all, but many secular folks do not want to utilize a Christian curriculum, they desire to keep that part separate, focusing on a totally secular homeschool curriculum. I respect their decision. Many don’t want any references to God or religion in forum posts either.

                   

I integrate the Word of God into our schooling. However, I choose curriculum based on how well it meets my daughter’s learning style. We have used and continue to use various Christian curriculums with great success. We also use programs that do not focus on any form of religion. I am a Christian, so I believe it is my job as a parent to train my daughter in the way God directs me. My bent is certainly toward a Christian world view. I select quality Christian resources whenever I can. In other words, I am not going to go out of my way to select a secular curriculum, and I am not going to select a Christian curriculum simply because it is Christian. Sometimes curriculums are “labeled” in hopes of attracting certain customers. I look for quality AND what I believe.

              

I think I have shyed away from secular homeschool groups in general because I had a crazy notion they were all atheists or wiccans of some sort. I am sure there are many who are and more who are not. As I dig a little deeper into these groups, I am finding most simply want to have a support group where religion is not discussed as a part of schooling. I have also come to realize that there are Christians in secular homeschool groups just as there are secular folks who belong to Christian support groups. Sounds like the makings of a healthy balance of ideas.

I am learning that some folks simply prefer to teach academic subjects without any references toward one religion or another.  That makes sense in that some religious and secular curriculum may have a slant. I know I am picky about religious curriculum and secular curriculum. Whenever we come up against something that goes against what we believe, we simply discuss why we believe as we do. Reading and discussing things we don’t believe helps my daughter answer others when asked why she believes as she does. 

It is important to choose any curriculum, not just Christian or secular, very carefully. You have to make sure it matches up with what you as a family believe, and it is important to make sure it is academically solid. I have to say it is also important not to isolate yourself from others because of a preconceived notion such as I held about secular groups in general. 

What about you? How do you feel about Christian curriculum or Christian homeschool groups VS secular curriculum or secular support groups? Weigh in with your comment.

 

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Free Fruit of the Spirit Devotional for Kids

Raising Aarons and Mama’s Learning Corner are offering lessons for kids about the Fruit of the Spirit.

This resource includes lesson printables and a Fruit Chart so that your child can see each time they display a Fruit of the Spirit. This is great for those visual-spatial kids.

 

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Chronicles of Narnia Audio Download (FREE)

 

 

 

 

 

Ancient Faith Radio  is offering a fantastic free audio series for the complete Chronicles of Narnia (all 7 books). You won’t want to try to download these all at one time. It is my understanding that they will be listed for a good long time. You may want to download as you go. The stories are read by Chrissi Hart, so you will enjoy a British accent as you listen.  Tip: If you have ITunes, search for the Ancient Faith Radio podcasts and from there you can download all these programs with one click.

You can learn more about C.S. Lewis here and here. You might also enjoy reading C.S. Lewis quotes here.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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