Creation Science Resources

 Posted by on August 8, 2013  2 Responses »
Aug 082013
 

Creation Science As I was putting together a science study for my boys for the upcoming school year, I realized the challenges of finding Bible-based resources.  In my search for Creation science resources, I began compiling a list of my favorite websites.  I want to share some of my favorite creation science resources with you. Continue reading »

Back At It – A New Homeschool Year

 Posted by on August 6, 2013  1 Response »
Aug 062013
 

BACK AT IT

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Back at WHAT you may be asking. Well, for me right now the IT is a new home schooling year. As I am writing this, I only have three days until that new year starts. I love starting a new year! When you are getting BACK AT IT, it can feel like experiencing something NEW. Sometimes NEW just feels so good; like having a clean slate, buying a new toy, new book, gaining a new friend, or a new perspective. Though, sometimes NEW can also be nerve-wracking, scary, and over-whelming! Sometimes getting BACK AT IT brings with it thoughts like: will I fail, can I really do this, what if it doesn’t go well, etc.

I think most people at one time or another, or maybe even more often have to get BACK AT IT. What kind of ITs? Well, there is getting back to eating right, exercising, sleeping more, spending more time with family or friends, reading a book, a new school year, working after a vacation, going to church, reading the bible, putting others first, and living right, etc. I could have listed plenty more ITs, but the point is we can spend a lot of time in our life getting BACK AT IT.

I want to encourage you as you get BACK AT IT; no matter what the IT may be……………..

The Lord is the one who is going ahead of you. He will be with you. He won’t abandon you or leave you. So don’t be afraid or terrified.”~~Deuteronomy 31:8

“I will not leave you all alone. I will come back to you.”~~John 14:18

………..God has said, “I will never abandon you or leave you.”~~Hebrews 13:5

Know that whether or not the getting BACK AT IT is an exciting IT or a very difficult IT; GOD will be right there with you!!

19 The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!~~Habakkuk 3

~written by Angie

Jul 112013
 

Stick to It! Getting Back to the Charlotte Mason Method

Stick to IT! The IT being what you know GOD had directed you to do! Why? Because GOD’s plans are always the BEST plans!

I have been inspired by the Charlotte Mason (CM) method since I started home schooling (seven years ago) but I haven’t followed this method 100%. Of course I will never be what some call a CM Purist. My goal (again) this coming year (2013/14) is to fully get back to the CM method as much as it fits my family. I found CM when I first started researching home schooling and I knew it was the right way to go for our family. This year, sadly, I once again got lazy about some of the steps to the CM method, towards the middle of the year I slacked off on some of the wonderful extras and at times I fell into a more traditional method for the core subjects.

I want to go back (again..oh, LORD, help me be consistent) and start over completely using the CM way! I do know that if you want to use a certain method and be successful at it; it is best to actually understand it. It is also best to do all that is required (as much as it fits your family).  So, I am going back again and studying the CM Home School Method. Here are a couple of treasures at the Ambleside Online site that I am using: “The Charlotte Mason Series in Modern English Arranged Topically”, and Summaries of the Charlotte Mason Series and her 20 Principles.

Links for subjects and a few other great resources for understanding the Charlotte Mason Method:

I truly want to encourage you to Stick to IT! Remember the IT being what you know GOD had directed you to do! Why? Because GOD’s plans are always the BEST plans! So simply stick to what you know to be the best for your family! In this area of our lives; I truly believe GOD is directing my steps!

I believe HE directed me to the Charlotte Mason method; now it is up to me to obediently and consistently use what HE has put in front of me! Though, I have no doubt HE makes it all possible!

~Written by Angie

Jun 132013
 

I have posted before in reference to Habit Formation …

I think Habit formation should be a very important part of child training. I truly believe that God created us to be creatures of habit because having a good habit just makes things so much easier for us. Once something is a habit, you don’t even have to think about it, you just do “it”. Isn’t that a gift because if we had to think about every single action we took, we would be beyond worn out. The only thing that hurts us as creatures of habit is when WE allow ourselves to form bad habits.

Those are still my thoughts. I truly believe that the way GOD created us with the capability to form habits is a gift. When we do blow it and create a bad habit, that doesn’t change the fact that the ability to create a habit is a really good thing for us.

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Books We Love

 Posted by on March 21, 2013  2 Responses »
Mar 212013
 

We’ve just finished up our reading obligations for the Six Flags Read to Succeed Program. Sometimes it can be a challenge to find books that will delight their young minds and feed their little souls. So, I thought I would share a few kid-tested, mother-approved treasures that we have discovered.

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(Disclaimer: I have not personally read many of these books. I usually find books for my kids on Christianbook.com by reading reviews and descriptions. If you are very particular about what your child reads, please preview them yourself.)

The Mice of the Westing Wind Series by Tim Davis. We stumbled onto these books when an excerpt of the first book was included in our reading curriculum a few years back (3rd grade, I think). My oldest son read the excerpt and then was disappointed that we couldn’t read the rest of the story. So, I was delighted to find out that not only could we buy the whole book, but there are four others in the series as well. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

And speaking of mice, I’ve already mentioned how much our family loves the Redwall books by Brian Jacques. If you haven’t read those yet, definitely check them out. There are dozens of books in the series. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

The Door Within Trilogy by Wayne Thomas Batson. I gave these books to my 10-year-old for Christmas this year and he and his older brother devoured them. They both claim they are “the best books ever!” They have raved about them so much, that I now have a shopping cart full of other Wayne Thomas Batson books. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

The Kingdom Series by Chuck Black. Another allegorical action series that is fantastic for boys. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

And a couple classics:

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I was so surprised to discover that my boys love these books. There is just enough action to keep them interested. We read the whole series last year and we’ve been watching the show via Netflix for a while. It is so nice that my children are enjoying these stories as much as I did when I was their age.

Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery. If I was surprised that my boys liked Little House on the Prairie, I was absolutely floored that they liked this one. I didn’t even know we had it. My oldest found it in a pile of old books and told me how great it was. I had to admit to him that I had actually never read it. This Christmas, I found that old, yellowed copy of Anne of Green Gables wrapped under the tree as a gift for me from my sweet son. I read it and am now dying to know what happens to that unpredictable Anne-girl! Don’t tell me. I’m ordering the rest of the series soon :)

So, what are some of your kids’ favorite books? We’re always on the lookout for new ones!

 ~written by Kendra

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