Sunday, November 28, 2010

Win A Computer & $250 Best Buy Gift Card

Angie Smith from Bring the Rain is having a great giveaway.  You can win an awesome laptop and a $250 gift card from Best Buy.  Head on over HERE and enter to win.

In Christ's name,

Free Jesse Tree Advent Devotional & Compassion

Ann Voskamp at A Holy Experience has released her revised Jesse Tree Advent Devotional again.  As always anything Mrs. Voskamp writes is fabulous.  Please take a look and see if you would like to use it.  It's geared to families will all ages.  She has also chosen to make it free. Originally she had posted that 100% of the profits from this devotional would be given to Compassion

It is for this reason that I would ask that you prayerfully consider a gift or sponsorship to Compassion in Mrs. Voskamps name.  I know that Mrs. Voskamp has been stretched and gave countless hours revising the devotional.

Matthew 10:8 

8"Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give. 

As we begin the Advent season where we focus on the Glorious Coming of our Savior Jesus remember that we all have freely received from Jesus.  Please prayerfully consider freely giving to those that have not.

Blessings to you as you embark on this glorious time of God with us,

Monday, November 15, 2010

Thanksgiving Study Resources

This is a bit late but I wanted to list some of the things we are using to study about Thanksgiving and that time period.  I'm not really sure how I found this blog that got me started on all this but I am giving her credit now.  Learning Sharing Caring has some great lesson plans and I found most of my information from her plans.  Be sure and look through the Oct. archives for all the links. 

Scholastic Interactive site on Thanksgiving

Colonial America Interactive Website

Enjoy these resources to teach your kids about Thanksgiving!

Finally settled on curriculum for Joshua

Well after weeks of struggling, hit or miss school we have all decided and committed to a curriculum for Joshua.  We have chosen to use all BJU Distance Learning. We have used alot of BJU in the past including their distant learning classes through the satellite before they shut the satellite down.  Their distant learning classes are top notch and it will allow Joshua to complete his school work without waiting on me to teach him.  We spent the last several days (couple of weeks really) talking about all the pro's and con's of schooling this way or that way.  I tried to let Joshua tell me what he preferred and take that into consideration since he's getting older and we want to encourage him to take more responsibility for his education.  He choose BJU DL also.  After much prayer and talking it over with my husband we placed our order and we can't wait for our boxes to arrive.

It's very hard for me to let go of the doing Heart of Dakota at this point but I know this is what the Lord wants us to do regarding Joshua's schooling right now.  We will reevaluate after he completes this school year at the end of July but I see us continuing with this for quite a while.  I had planned to do BJU DL at the first of this school year and things were crazy around here so I decided to use what I had on hand.  I should have just done the BJU DL from the beginning but hind sight is always 20/20.  I know the Lord has not forgotten Joshua and will redeem my mistakes to bring Himself glory.

So this week we will be planning our new schedules and getting ready for several boxes of books and dvd's to arrive and learning about Thanksgiving.  I'll figure out how to post our schedule when I get it done.

In Christ alone,

Edited to say that I will still pick up the Diana Waring audio cd's to listen to.  We really like those and I want to listen to those in our free time.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Some thoughts on our curriculum

I'm seeing some things in our curriculum that will need to be addressed soon.  Joshua is doing cursive using A Reason for Handwriting.  He's not learning how to connect the cursive letters very well.  I'm going to have to do something else for him I think.  Any ideas are appreciated.  I am thinking of BJU simply because BJU was the the first curriculum that we used with Joshua and he's kept with the basic idea of their "font".  I also like that BJU has wonderful teacher's manuals.

We also have not been doing history this semester.  I have been looking over several curriculums trying to decide what to use.  I have let Joshua be involved in this process and we really like History Revealed by Diana Waring.  After all the research I remembered that HOD uses Diana's What in the World cd's. 

Ok let me back up and give you some history.  I have loved HOD since I found it a few years back.  I have used it in the past but sold it and bought it and sold it and bought it :o)  I just couldn't make it work for Joshua in the past.  BUT here I am again finding that HOD is using yet another book or curriculum that I am choosing on my own.  I honestly wish I would have known about HOD when Joshua was at the right ages to start it from the beginning.  I will be using HOD for history at a minimum for Jacob when he gets old enough to start it.  So let me just say again that I love, love, love HOD.

I'm starting to understand that I just need to do HOD and get over it.  The biggest decision now is what level to start with for Joshua.  Decisions. Decisions.  Oh if only all our decisions were really this easy.

Monday, November 1, 2010

On the eve of the election

As we hopefully all go to the poles tomorrow I want to leave you with this quote.  I believe this is one of the most important elections our nation has ever come to.  Please be in prayer and above all VOTE if you have not already.

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. ~

Ronald Reagan


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