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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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What’s Your Reason?

There are as many reasons for homeschooling as there are curriculum choices. Some folks choose to homeschool because of financial reasons, health issues, unsatisfactory public or private school education, religious or faith-based reasons, child not being challenged enough, special needs… The list goes on and on. I homeschool my daughter, like many folks, for several reasons. When my daughter was about nine years old, her Dad and I chose to take her out of public school (she had attended both public and private school during the previous years) because of learning issues and the lack of quality teaching at the public school she was attending, despite the fact that she was attending one of the BEST public schools in the county! It was the best decision we ever made regarding her education. As time progressed, we realized that it wasn’t just learning issues and the poor public school education that shaped our decision to homeschool. Providing our child with a firm faith-based education became the most important reason for homeschooling her. My husband and I both believe that a Christian education is vital in shaping the life of our most precious possession, our daughter, thus Christian homeschooling became a way of life for our family. I must add that just because we choose to base our child’s education on our faith, it doesn’t mean that every curriculum or resource we use must be faith-based. We use an online resource as our core curriculum, and it is not faith-based. If a lesson comes up that we disagree with, we use that lesson as a teachable moment and discuss why we don’t agree with what it says. I will say that doesn’t happen often.  She needs to be aware of what’s floating around in the world so that she is comfortable with and very able to defend her faith. We also use Christian based books for history and science in addition to the resource we use as our core curriculum.

 

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Free Easter Lapbook

You can download a free lapbook for Easter from Scripture Adventures.

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Posted by on March 15, 2011 in Giveaways/Freebies, Jesus, Kids

 

For You They Signed–Book Review

Liberty.  How do I love thee? Let me count the ways all 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence loved thee. Marilyn Boyer captured my attention in For You They Signed. This fantastic book features all 56 founding fathers; a history of their life; a handsome drawing of each signer; his signature; a Bible verse that represents that signer; a character trait; a quote from each signer; vital statistics and family information, if married; a record of their public service; questions for discussion; and insightful information to make you think. Wow! I can’t think of another educational book that is filled with so much treasure for you and your family to discover. The book even comes with a FREE bonus–a family activity guide. It is a gift that Mrs. Boyer makes available to all who purchase her truly inspiring book. The companion guide features fun quizzes so you can use them in a game format, if desired. It also has coloring pages that the little ones can enjoy as they listen and learn. There are weekly character qualities with verses written in calligraphy for memorization. These look nice hanging on the fridge, or perhaps you might use them for copy work. The book is set up so the lead teacher, parent, or even student has no prep work. Just pick the book up and begin the adventure.

I love history. I envision each person or scene in my mind as I read. Boyer’s descriptions and illustrations make that easy to do. My daughter is 13 and doesn’t exactly love history the way I love it, however, she was excited to learn about one particular signer of the Declaration of Independence–a fellow from North Carolina. We have never lived in North Carolina nor have we spent much time learning about the wonderful state. Any guesses why my non-history loving teen would very much want to learn about this particular signer? I’ll tell you since there is really not much chance in you guessing correctly. His name is John Penn. Our family name is Penn. My daughter LOVES learning about her family history, so anyone with our surname is sure to be a hit. It’s funny how she really doesn’t care much about history, but loves to learn about her family history. It is a fun and sneaky way to include history in her studies without her thinking she is actually learning history. I must say though, she is passionate about her faith and liberty.

John Penn was a peacemaker. His Bible verse is James 3:17. The New Living Translation says: “But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.” Since verses are given, the book lends itself for Bible study that ties in beautifully with the heritage lessons I want my daughter to grasp. We explored the verse and discussed why Boyer chose “Peacemaker” as Mr. Penn’s character trait. Further reading of his story paints a life lesson as to why he was truly a peacemaker and a real man of God. Mrs. Boyer’s discussion questions require deeper thinking. They are not simple regurgitation of facts, nor are they easy yes or no answers. The questions help you apply the Christian qualities of the founding fathers to your own life. My daughter enjoyed learning about John Penn. She also thought the book was very interesting and well written. What a blessing it was to spend time together learning quality lessons about the founding of our great nation.

For You They Signed made such a positive impact on my daughter and myself, we both decided to use it in our small co-op that begins in January. It will be exciting to share and grow with the kids as we all learn about the true Christian heritage of our beloved country and the precious liberty that was given to us by such brave, selfless, and God-fearing men.

You can obtain your copy of this valuable book at Amazon. I invite you follow Master Books and Marilyn Boyer on Facebook. If you enjoyed reading this review, please take time to make a short post on the CHSH homepage. CHSH (Christian Homeschool Hub–this link is to their FB page) is running a contest. The reviewer with the most posts wins the following:

~ Copy of FYTS to local library or ministry chosen by the winner

~ Life of Washington

~ Mornings & Evenings with Spurgeon

~ Master Books title of their choice

Thank you for taking time to read about the fun my daughter and I enjoyed together as we perused For You They Signed.

Joyfully,

Jackie Penn

 

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The Micah Project

A friend pointed me to this site today. It is an awesome story of a 7 year old boy who understands the heart of God.

Here is the web site: http://www.themicahproject911.blogspot.com

The Micah Project
I was born on 9/11/01 and am seven years old and I want to make a difference. I want to help people who are hurting. I have seen what real hurt is because my family has been through a lot. I have a little sister who is “special” and has taught me, and my family how to care. God has called me to tell people about Him and to help as many as I can. You can help too. Follow my story and watch as I do things for the Lord. All I am asking for is for people to send me $1.00. That amount may seem so little, but a little goes a long way if it is done for God.

Sunday, February 1, 2009
Another day of blessing
This week I had the amazing opportunity to once again fill a duffel bag (four actually) with items that someone without a home might find useful. 4 bags full of coats, socks, gloves, slippers, and thermals. Each bag also contains a brand new Bible, yummy snacks and drinks and even toiletries (thanks to a selfless giver who provided hand cream, deodorant, lip balm, hand warmers, etc). Matt and Micah left around 12:15 today (Sunday) after we prayed that God would direct their path and show them who was to receive a bag. I want to go ahead and post this now because tomorrow’s post will hopefully be pictures of what happened today PLUS something WAY exciting that Micah is going to challenge people to do!!!

After a visit from a friend this weekend who had some really cool ideas, Micah wants to do something different with some of the money for the upcoming Valentines Holiday. Not only that….but he wants YOU to get involved. I so badly want to spill the beans and tell you now but I was sworn to secrecy until tomorrow!!!!
Stay tuned!!!! It’s going to be good!!

Marianne – Micah’s mom

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2009 in Helpful, Jesus

 
 
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