Monday, July 28, 2014

No Record of Wrongs

Maybe you saw this in the news last week.  A husband, fed up with his wife saying "no" to sex, kept an Excel spreadsheet of all the excuses she gave him over a six-week period of time.  Oh my word!  Maybe your first reaction was thinking it was funny, but it struck me very differently.
 


I was appalled at this story for so many reasons, and maybe not for the reasons you may think. 

The very first thing that popped into my mind was  1 Corinthians 13:5 "...love does not keep a record of wrongs."  It's bad enough that we keep mental records of what our spouse does wrong---we sure don't need to be writing it down in black and white and saving it to our hard drives!! It truly hurt my heart for this couple. He was just waiting for her mess up, and that is a tough way for a wife to live in a marriage.

But more than that, I felt bad for the husband in this story, because his wife is clearly not honoring him. She is failing to offer her body to him in the Biblical, submissive way that a wife should.  I know the word "submissive" brings lots of high-strung reactions from some women, but please know this: God is very clear about our bodies belonging to our husbands in marriage.  (See Colossians 3:8 and 1 Peter 3:1.) This couple is clearly using sex as a weapon, and that can be such a tough road to travel.  

Obviously, if communication is going well in your marriage, saying "yes" is not hard to do.  Our husbands deserve for us to love them more than anyone else does. We need to be their biggest fan! They are a gift from God to us, and we are called to honor and love them--and they, us--including giving them the affection and attention they need and desire, without making excuses.  

Leave the spreadsheets to the accountants and just go love your spouse! 




"Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong." 1 Corinthians 13: 5 (TLB)




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Friday, July 18, 2014

Five Minute Friday: Bloom

Joining Lisa-Jo Baker and a whole bunch of wonderful bloggers over at Five Minute Friday! A chance to write about a single word for just five minutes! Today's word: BLOOM.




Bloom. 

Bloom where you're planted. 

Bloom to be a light in a dark, dark world. 

Bloom in a way that growth is seen, not stunted. 

Bloom in the direction of the sun and in the direction of the SON.  

Bloom even when there are storms threatening to take away your beauty.  

Bloom from the inside out, and hang on to the Truth when the world tells you lies. 

Bloom, simply because you are called to do so, by the Author of life Himself. 

Bloom!!! 










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Monday, July 7, 2014

Moving Beyond the Page (A Review)



Moving Beyond the Page is a complete homeschool curriculum, based on literature studies and unit studies.  It is an amazing site, with a huge variety of topics and books from which to choose.  Homeschooling parents will find Science, Social Studies, Literature, Reading, and Math topics here!

My daughter and I were asked to review the  Language Arts Package: Tuck Everlasting-Online, and the Social Studies Package:  Geography and Landforms.  This has been such a fun review! 

Literature Package: Tuck Everlasting Online

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This intriguing Language Arts Package from Moving Beyond the Page included a hard copy of the book Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit, and an online Study Guide with questions and activities written by Kim A. Howe, M.S.  The entire package is only $19.92, and is recommended for students who are reading and comprehending at a 6th - 7th grade level, and who are able to understand the process of five-paragraph essays. 

Tuck Everlasting, if you aren't familiar with it, is a fantasy novel, written about a young girl named Winnie Foster who meets the Tucks, a family who has discovered the secret of living forever.  When an unscrupulous stranger threatens to endanger the Tucks, the story gently draws the reader in to discover the choices related to life and death decisions.  

The online study guide provides teacher instruction and printable pages for your student.  I printed the entire guide before beginning. As my daughter read through the book, I would have her stop and complete the worksheets as the questions related to her recent reading. This allowed her to quickly remember and review the chapters and brought the story to a deeper level than just quickly reading through it alone. 

The Tuck Everlasting online guide includes several thought-provoking questions, grammar guides and writing activities.  Below are some sample questions: 

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I remember my older children reading this book, so I was pleased that Abbey also enjoyed this.  I can see her choices in reading maturing a bit each week, and this wonderful literature guide from Moving Beyond the Page was a great way to really pull more information out of her deep mind. 

Social Studies Package: Geography and Landforms

This package includes three wonderful books: Moving Beyond the Page's Geography and Landforms by Kathryn L. Walbert, Ph. D., Geography of the World: The Essential Family Guide to Geography and Culture by Jayne Parsons, and The Geography Book: Activities for Exploring, Mapping, and Enjoying Your World by Caroline ArnoldThe total package is only $51.93 and is recommended for ages 10 -12 who can read on a 6th - 7th grade level.  

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This user-friendly package guides both teacher and student through the study of how geography influences culture and vice versa.  The study focuses on North and South America, and how the student's own backyard relates to the bigger picture.  

Moving Beyond the Page's Geography and Landforms guide provides specific instructions on how to move through the three books together so your student gains the most from each lesson.  The lessons and activities include a great balance of both reading and hands-on activities to allow the student to have fun learning without getting bogged down in the facts. 

My 5th grader loved the activities, and by the second lesson, was doing them completely independently.  
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Abbey's Imaginary Place Map Activity

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Abbey's Continents of the World Activity




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Playing Match the Geography Terms with Definitions Activity




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Abbey's Map/Panoramic Pic of her Cul-de-sac Activity

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A peek inside The Geography Book


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A peek inside The Geography Book


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A peek inside Geography of the World

The quality and content of each of these three books are incredible.  The guesswork for the teacher is non-existent, and the package allows you to relax and just enjoy the process. I especially love the way each lesson gives your child options for activities, based on what you have on hand or based on which your child simply prefers to do.  

We used this unit 3 - 4 days per week, for about 30 minutes per day. It was a great format, and mixed content from the three books included in the package in a way that kept her interested. Older kids may be able to spend more time on each lesson, but for us, that schedule worked really well. 

Want to see more? For samples of how units are laid out, click here

The Bottom Line 

I am happy to recommend both the Literature Package: Tuck Everlasting-Online AND the Social Studies Package: Geography and Landforms from Moving Beyond the Page, but I encourage you to research each offering from this great company. I'll bet you'll find something your students will love!  

Moving Beyond the Page has an active Facebook page, so click HERE to be redirected there and "like" them.  In addition, by clicking the banner below, you can read reviews from other homeschooling families and see some of the other Moving Beyond the Page units that were studied over the last two months.  I have LOVED seeing how others used these great products, and if you're as much of a curriculum junkie as I am, you will too! 


http://schoolhousereviewcrew.com/moving-beyond-the-page-review-2/




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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sunset at Bon Secour



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Monday, June 30, 2014

Veritas Press (A Review)


I'll admit that choosing a history curriculum for my daughter, since we started homeschooling, has been a struggle for me.  We've tried many different textbooks, living books, and videos, but I think we have finally found our best fit yet! Veritas Press now offers a wonderful, new Self-Paced History Program. We were specifically chosen to review Veritas Press Self-Paced History: 1815 - Present and the 1815 - Present Flashcards.


I was excited to receive this particular time period because we have been studying this part of American History for several years, and I knew it would be a great fit.  I was right! My daughter has really responded well to this format.  Please allow me to share. . .

The Format


This online-only video program is self-paced, meaning the student gets to control how quickly they progress through the lessons.  The lessons are hosted by two very entertaining actors in live-action, short video lessons.  They make fact learning a lot of fun! Each lesson takes breaks with short quizzes, geography/map reviews, and graded tests.  



Each Self-Paced History Course from Veritas Press covers 160 class periods and covers 32 important historical events.  The courses are designed to cover two semesters, or an entire school year.   Following are some screen shots to show you a sample of what your student will see during a lesson. . .







The Flashcards 


The 1815 to Present Flashcards are an important, required, supplement to the Self-Paced Program. They are large, sturdy cards that coincide with the 32 lessons, from The Monroe Doctrine to Modern Day.  Your student will need to have them to reinforce the facts learned in each lesson. It was good for my daughter to hold them in her hand, and have an offline way to study the facts. 
  
The Memory Song

One of the best tools of this program is the Memory Song, which teaches all 32 of the major events in one, 5-minute song.  My first time hearing it, I thought it sounded so cheesy, and fully expected my daughter to be rolling her eyes, but she loved it, and to be honest, it has really grown on me as well.  The lyrics are provided, so your student will be able to see and hear the facts in another, fun way.   How many of you remember some Schoolhouse Rock songs from your childhood? I do! I can still sing the entire preamble to the U.S. Constitution to this day, simply because it was set to music.  I hear my daughter singing the song throughout the day, so I know it is sticking in her head. 


Navigating and Other Particulars

I believe you'll find this program extremely easy to navigate. It is very user-friendly, for both teacher and student, and the ability to pause and play each slide/segment makes the self-paced program exactly what you would expect.  At any time during the program, your student can access the Table of Contents in a drop-down box, and review lessons as needed, or see attachments related to each lesson.

Your child will be tested throughout this program on the facts.  It is very important that they not take these lightly, as the first score counts and can not be changed, even if they take the test more than once. 

As a parent, you can see the grades at any point along the way in the My Grades section, and you can even print the results for your written records. The students work in their own section, accessed through their own log in information.  Tutorials all along the way help explain everything you may need to know.  

The only recommendation I have for the publishers is to allow students the chance to see what they missed and to have a chance to take the best of three scores, if they so desire.  And the in-lesson quizzes could offer a "help if stuck" button to help alleviate some of the frustration that may come for some students. 
  Pricing and Recommended Ages

Veritas Press Self-Paced History Courses for Grammar School are $199, and the Flashcards are $19.95. The program is recommended for 2nd - 6th grade, and your student should be 7 years old by the time they begin.  Please note, you will be surprised at how much YOU will learn through this program as well, so you may find that your older students benefit from this style of learning as well. 

For your convenience, Veritas Press also offers two Literature Kits for use with their Self-Paced Programs, based on the grade level in which your student will be working. This is an optional purchase, but it is a wonderful way to enhance the online learning with historical supplements.  Click HERE to learn more! 

The Bottom Line

I know many of us operate on a limited homeschooling budget, but I encourage you to research this new Self-Paced History program from Veritas Press, and see if you can find room to make it fit.  I will be cutting back in other areas in order to keep this curriculum as part of our overall plan going forward.  I loved it that much! 

Veritas Press is on Social Media! Click each link to easily "follow" them!   Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+!

Many other families have been using this and other Veritas Press' many offerings, so please take time to visit some of their blogs, by clicking the banner below! 
 
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Friday, June 27, 2014

If You Give a Kid a Camera: Part IV

If you give a kid a camera, she's going to notice the obvious,
 

and the not-so-obvious. 


 She'll find things that make us laugh at the hands of time, 

 And things that make us remember how time can make things beautiful.
 She'll find interesting signs of life,
 In all forms!
 She'll see the beauty in things well-aged. . .
 And the beauty in the imperfect.
 She'll notice patterns where others don't,


Even in the discarded.

She discover fun little creatures in the cycle of life, 

 
 And see their hard work does not go unrecognized.

 She'll see hitchhikers,

 And transients.
If you give a kid a camera, she'll continue to amaze her mama! 
 


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Friday, June 13, 2014

Five Minute Friday: Messenger

Are you a messenger? Whether you like it or not, you are.  We ALL are.  We each carry a message of hope or hatred.  There is not much in between, in my opinion. Even being quiet sends a message of apathy, you know? 

Messengers of hope seek out the best of every day, of every situation, of every person.  Despite dealing with some grungy, deplorable junk on a daily basis, they keep their eyes on Jesus and find a reason to smile; they find a reason to keep putting one foot in front of the other. It is liberating to receive their message. 



Messengers of hate sadly seek out the worst of times, offer the most antagonistic of perspectives, smear their drama all over social media, and bring those around them down as often as possible.  It is exhausting to even be near the message they bring. 



Personally, I want to be known as a messenger of hope; a flag bearer of healing; a harbinger of happiness. I want to fight back the darkness with the Light that lives inside of me.   

Come go with me!



Five Minute Friday Rules: Take the word of the week and write for five minutes, no filter, no editing. Just write.  Write, write, write!! Go!

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