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Defeat Fear Forever now available on Amazon kindle!

Defeat Fear Forever is now available on Amazon kindle! Check it out! 🙂

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Curriculum: Robinson Curriculum and Old Fashioned Education

A great education is so important, especially in today’s information age and homeschooling children can be daunting at times. Yet, I am so glad for the wonderful people out there who have gone before and willingly share their knowledge.

Lee Giles, author of the book I posted about last week, has a wonderful online listing of links to various free curriculums http://homeschoolfreestuff.wordpress.com/ She has a ton of stuff on there, organized by subject as well as   a listing of the Ambleside Online booklist and the Robinson Curriculum booklist which I have recently been using with my own children.

In our homeschool, I want my children to not only learn a great deal, I want them to learn how to learn. I want them to take responsibility for their own education. That was what first attracted me to the Robinson Curriculum. This curriculum is meant to be self-teaching. The children are given their assignments and are encouraged to get their work done with little to no ‘help’ from mom. The idea is that they learn how to think for themselves. Now, I don’t throw them into the water and just let them sink. On the other hand, I also don’t just do their work for them, either. If they have a problem with math, I need to help them to figure it out for themselves, not just do the problem for them and expect them to just ‘get it’. They need to learn how to think and reason and apply past knowledge to current problems. The children haven’t truly learned a concept if they are unable to apply it to something just a little different. (Yes, that’s the whole point of story problems.) Anyway, the Robinson Curriculum provides a framework in which to challenge the children in the three basics of reading, writing, and math. (History and Science come from the reading.)

I actually bought the Robinson Curriculum (a used version from e-bay) because I wanted the little extras in vocabulary, writing, and math. However, the website above is great start if anyone wants to ‘try it out’. In a nutshell, the Robinson Curriculum is based on a six day per week, five hours per day schedule, two hours of math, one hour of writing an essay of the child’s choosing, and two hours of reading. (This is not a hard and fast rule. We only do five days a week. Pray about what would be best for YOUR children.)

I love the reading. The books are classics, like Tom Swift, and Solomon Owl, listed in graded levels. This is nice in helping me with what to assign them when. So far, it’s going well. The children like their reading and writing, and they are doing better with their math. I have them do a chapter of math, plus or minus depending on chapter length, and then ‘teach it’ or explain it to their animals. If they can explain it to someone else, then they’ve truly learned it. Also, having them read and/or explain something out loud helps as well with their retention and understanding.

Another great site I’ve recently discovered is http://oldfashionededucation.com/ This wonderful lady has a full curriculum listed (k-12) complete with links to books listed by grade level as well as by subject. She offers hints and tips and great ideas for using these books in your own homeschool. She also lists her full curriculum complete with forty week schedule charts for each grade level. Very nicely done.

 

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Read an E-Book Week!

This week is National Read and E-book Week! To celebrate, my book, Defeat Fear Forever, is available for 1/2 price from now until March 12, 2011. You can download it into your i-phone, your kindle, your personal computer, or pretty much whatever e-reading device you have. God bless all!

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Funnix Reading (Curriculum Review)

Funnix Reading

This program is amazing. I received a free copy and have been using it for my two youngest children. My little girl is in level 1 and my little boy is in level 2. I am so happy with it. The kids both love it. (My little girl is doing two lessons a day!) Most importantly, however, is that they are both learning. The program works!

The authors are the same as for the book, Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. The differences between this and the book are:

–Funnix is a computer program. There are workbooks and readers used, but the primary lessons are on the DVD’s. The directions are easy to follow and the graphics are great, not too busy, but fun and interesting.

–Parent involvement is fairly minimal. The computerized ‘teacher’ guides the child in the lessons, helping them to answer questions. The voice is very pleasant and encouraging. However, the parent or teacher does need to monitor the child to be sure he is actually answering the questions, understanding the lessons, and doing the work (not just pushing the ‘continue’ button!).

–Level 1 has a workbook (necessary, but purchased separately), and level 2 a reader (also necessary and purchased separately). Both are very well designed and help with reading practice and writing practice. The pictures are nice to color too!

–The book, Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, gets your child up to a second grade reading level. Funnix Reading gets your child up to a third grade reading level. There are more lessons in Funnix, 120 in Level 1 and 100 lessons in Level 2.

–The price is slightly higher than the book, but for what you get, it’s worth it! I took a look at their site to see how much their products cost and was amazed at how low it all was. The DVD’s are $25. Level 1 workbook is $7.50 and Level 2 reader is $10. Total cost is $42.50. Frankly, I think it’s a steal.

All in all, this program is what I’ve been looking for. The pressure is off me to make sure I get everything ‘right’, I know my kids are learning to read, it’s painless (for all of us), and even fun. I highly recommend this resource.

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Book Review: Seeds of Jochebed by Kim Haney

I’ve been using this book as a devotional with my children at the start of school every morning. She does an amazing job of making difficult concepts understandable, yet still challenging–even for adults. She encourages a deeper walk with the Lord from the earliest of ages.

One of her devotionals is about ‘ugly hands’ and tells the story of a mother whose hands were badly scared. She had put her baby girl down for a nap and gone outside for just a few moments. Somehow, a fire started in the house. When she tried to rush in to save her baby, a fireman held her back. Finally, using supernatural strength, she broke free from the fireman and ran into the house to rescue her baby. She did manage to get the child, but the mother’s hands were horribly burned and crippled. Her little child was just fine. One day, many years later, her daughter asked her why her hands were so ugly. She then told the story of the fire and her little one’s rescue. “Mommy, I think your hands are the most beautiful hands in the whole world!” the child exclaimed.

I cried as I read that story to the children. The author goes on to say that Jesus’ hands were also horribly scared for our sakes. To think that someone would love me that much. My own son asked if I would rush into a burning house for him. I told him, of course. Love doesn’t really think about the sacrifice. I love my child more than my hands. I might mourn their loss later on, but he is so much more precious. My Jesus loves me (and you too!) in just the same way. He still bears those scars as He rules and reigns to this day.

I highly recommend Seeds of Jochebed. There are many more great devotionals and stories in this book, enough to last from September through May if you wish to follow the school year calendar. They are also useful for teaching Sunday School lessons or a Wednesday evening children’s church.  

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2011 in Book Reviews

 

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This is amazing! Man actually ministered to a mugger (and got his wallet back)!

Check out this story!  Victim treats his mugger to dinner!

My husband found this story and posted it on his facebook page. When I read it, I was amazed!

A Victim Treats His Mugger Right

March 28, 2008

Julio Diaz recorded his story in New York City just days after he was mugged in the subway.

 Julio Diaz

StoryCorpsJulio Diaz recorded his story in New York City just days after he was mugged in the subway.

Julio Diaz has a daily routine. Every night, the 31-year-old social worker ends his hour-long subway commute to the Bronx one stop early, just so he can eat at his favorite diner.

But one night last month, as Diaz stepped off the No. 6 train and onto a nearly empty platform, his evening took an unexpected turn.

He was walking toward the stairs when a teenage boy approached and pulled out a knife.

“He wants my money, so I just gave him my wallet and told him, ‘Here you go,'” Diaz says.

As the teen began to walk away, Diaz told him, “Hey, wait a minute. You forgot something. If you’re going to be robbing people for the rest of the night, you might as well take my coat to keep you warm.”

The would-be robber looked at his would-be victim, “like what’s going on here?” Diaz says. “He asked me, ‘Why are you doing this?'”

Diaz replied: “If you’re willing to risk your freedom for a few dollars, then I guess you must really need the money. I mean, all I wanted to do was get dinner and if you really want to join me … hey, you’re more than welcome.

“You know, I just felt maybe he really needs help,” Diaz says.

Diaz says he and the teen went into the diner and sat in a booth.

“The manager comes by, the dishwashers come by, the waiters come by to say hi,” Diaz says. “The kid was like, ‘You know everybody here. Do you own this place?'”

“No, I just eat here a lot,” Diaz says he told the teen. “He says, ‘But you’re even nice to the dishwasher.'”

Diaz replied, “Well, haven’t you been taught you should be nice to everybody?”

“Yea, but I didn’t think people actually behaved that way,” the teen said.

Diaz asked him what he wanted out of life. “He just had almost a sad face,” Diaz says.

The teen couldn’t answer Diaz — or he didn’t want to.

When the bill arrived, Diaz told the teen, “Look, I guess you’re going to have to pay for this bill ’cause you have my money and I can’t pay for this. So if you give me my wallet back, I’ll gladly treat you.”

The teen “didn’t even think about it” and returned the wallet, Diaz says. “I gave him $20 … I figure maybe it’ll help him. I don’t know.”

Diaz says he asked for something in return — the teen’s knife — “and he gave it to me.”

Afterward, when Diaz told his mother what happened, she said, “You’re the type of kid that if someone asked you for the time, you gave them your watch.”

“I figure, you know, if you treat people right, you can only hope that they treat you right. It’s as simple as it gets in this complicated world.”

Produced for Morning Edition by Michael Garofalo.

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Knowing God and Doing Exploits

“The people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits,” Daniel 11:32 (KJV).

When I think of exploits, I think of brave souls on great adventures. Yet, in Daniel’s case, he didn’t seek to go on any great adventure, it was rather thrust upon him. What ended up happening was he had to make a decision, one that could very well cost him his life. Worship the king or die. For Daniel, this was no choice at all. There was one God and one God only that he would worship, that is Jehovah–Jesus.

I wonder if Daniel thought himself brave. He had been through so much, captured by a conquering army, forced to travel far from home and all he knew, pressured to conform or die. Yet, in all of that, he remained true to his God. He never wavered. This, bedrock loyalty, is an exploit all by itself.

“Great souls walk near enough to God so that He imparts to them His great heart throbs of truth. He leads them into all truth,” –Dutton. I think that was Daniel’s secret. He walked so closely to his God that he knew God’s very heart. That enabled him to take a stand for his God and be willing to go to the lion’s den without screaming or crying or begging for mercy. Daniel did indeed seek the Lord and walk very close to Him. 

I’m learning that walking closely with Jesus is a daily habit to cultivate. Because I can’t see Him, it’s easy to forget He’s there–to my shame. I may not be able to see Him, but I can feel His very real presence. I can share my life with Him and press close to His heart.

I want to learn to walk with Him the way Daniel did, and David, and John, his disciple. It’s about loving the One who created love. It is a grand adventure, indeed, filled with exploits. No regrets. Every day is a new chance to press closer, to love better, to learn to be…more like Him.

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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