Monday, August 22, 2016

Christian Liberty Nature Readers

Christian Liberty Press offers five nature readers for grades K-5 that will introduce your students to God's marvelous creation. Book K introduces an animal for each letter of the alphabet, and includes a story for each one of them. Book 1 focuses on creation and reinforces phonics principles. Book 2 teaches youngsters about interesting small creatures. Book 3 exposes young students to the daily routine of various animals. Book 4 focuses on different aspects of animal life. Book 5 teaches students about the wonders of the human body. Review questions are provided at the end of each chapter to help instructors evaluate reading comprehension. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Twelve Tips to Raise a Reader

We read A LOT in our house and I'm frequently asked "How do you nurture a love for reading?" So today I share with you my twelve tips to raise a reader.

1. Read to your child. I read to my girls every night. We are currently reading through The Mandie Collection by Lois Gladys Leppard and each night I read one chapter aloud (sometimes two).

2. Be a reader. Kids model what they see, so if you want your kids to read books, you have to read books.

3. Make reading the easy choice. If the tv remote and the tablet are handy but books are on a high shelf, what is the likelihood that your kids are going to read? None. But if the tablet and remote are kept high while the books are easily accessible, they are going to head to the books when they have nothing better to do.

4. Have a library routine. My oldest daughter volunteers every week at the local library and so we have a set day and time. Not only does a library routine make library fines a thing of the past, but having a library schedule will encourage your kids to see books as a treat (sometimes movies too).

5. Ask questions. Stop before the end of the story and ask what she thinks will happen next. Get her thinking about the story.

6. Listen to audio books in the car. The benefits of audiobooks are not quite the same as reading a good book, but it's still better than nothing, especially when your stuck traveling for hours at a time in the car.

7. Make sure your child has books at her level. Books that are too easy might be boring, and books that are too hard will be frustrating.

8. Be a good listener. Ask your child to read aloud to you. She may be reluctant at first, but with a little encouragement, she might come around and enjoy it. Make sure you're giving her your full attention.

9. Subscribe to magazines she likes. My girls love American Girl magazines. When they come in the mail, my girls pore over each and every page. Find the magazines that interest your kids and get them delivered in the mail. Everybody loves getting mail!

10. Start a family library. Just buy one or two books at a time until you have a collection.

11. Offer a reading challenge. If your child needs an incentive to read, offer a reading challenge - read 100 books for a chance to go to the Disney Store and get a special toy.

12. Relax! If your child doesn't love to read, don't make a big issue out of it. If she doesn't like reading, continue to provide good books and magazines for her, read to her, and do the other things on the list. Be patient, and maybe, she will come to love reading.

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Till Death Do Us Part

In all the hustle and bustle of homeschooling and keeping up with the kids schedule, it is easy to put our marriage on the back burner. I would like to share with you today what God's Word says about marriage and how I nurture a heart of love, a heart prepared to support her husband until till death do us part.

I am on assignment from God to help my husband.

Genesis 2:18 reads "And the LORD God said, It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him."

How can I help my husband?
  • I ask him "What can I do to help you today?"
  • I follow through in a timely manner with the task he ask me to do and I do it with excellence.
  • In word and deed, I ask "Will this help or hinder my husband?" 
I am on assignment from God to submit to my husband.

Ephesians 5:22 reads "Wives, submit yourselves unto your husbands, as unto the Lord."

How can I submit to my husband?
  • Be willing to let him have the final say.
  • Be willing to admit when you're wrong, and say you're sorry.
  • In word and deed, speak and show him respect.
I am on assignment from God to love my husband.

Titus 2:4 admonishes us to "love their husbands".

How can I love my husband?
  • Pray for your husband. James 5:16 reads "Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." To pray for your husband effectually, create a page for him in your prayer journal. Write his name at the top and then list the aspects of his life you want to hold up to God - his role as husband, his role as father, his health, his work, his ministry. As you invest your time, your heart, and your life in prayer for your husband, you'll wake up one day and find arguments decreasing and mellowing - even warming - heart toward your husband. It is truly impossible to hate or neglect a person you are praying for.
  • Plan for your husband. Plan special deeds of kindness. Each morning I ask God to show me something I can do for David that will cheer him up or make him feel special. Plan special dinners. When I plan the weekly meals, I ask David and my girls which meals they would like for dinner, and then I prepare those meals. Plan to go to bed at the same time. Doing so will nurture physical love in your marriage. 1 Corinthians 7:3-5 reads "let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto her husband. The wife hath no power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath no power of his own body, but the wife. Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come again together, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency." 
  • Prepare for your husband. Preparing for your husband's homecoming each day shows him that he is a priority and communicates a heart of love. Prepare the house, take a few minutes before your husband is due home to quickly pick up. Prepare your appearance. If company were coming, you would do a little something to freshen up, wouldn't you? Your husband, the most important person in your life is about to walk through the door, so he should get the most special treatment of all. 
  • Praise your husband. Ephesians 4:29 reads "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearer." We should praise our husband in the privacy of our home, thanking him for providing for our family. And we should never pass up an opportunity to praise our husband in public.
 To summarize, a wife is on assignment from God to help her husband, to submit to her husband, and to love her husband. Put these principles to work and you'll communicate "I love you" more powerfully than words alone can! So put on your thinking cap and get to work showing your husband the love that is in your heart!

Monday, August 1, 2016

BJU Geometry

BJU Geometry is a course that focuses on real-life geometry and the orderliness in which God created our universe. Students learn to construct proofs built on postulate systems as they study incidence, logic, congruency, area, space, volume, similarity, and trigonometry. Each chapter contains analytic geometry and Biblical foundation features. Proofs and many calculations are worked out in full in the Teacher's Edition. It provides practice and cumulative reviews as well as challenging enrichment topics including calculator skills,  construction skills, theology proofs, and biographies of mathematicians. Protractor and graphing calculator are recommended.

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