Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Mandie Collection

The Mandie Collection is a children's historical mystery series written by Lois Gladys Leppard. Lois Gladys Leppard worked in Federal Intelligence for thirteen years in various countries around the world. She now makes her home in South Carolina.

The stories of her own mother's childhood as an orphan in western North Carolina are the basis for many of the incidents incorporated in this series, as well as her own Cherokee heritage and adventures while growing up. The setting of the series is North Carolina in the early 20th century. The story starts around the year 1900, when Mandie is 11 years old. In every book she finds a mystery to solve with her friends Joe Woodard and Celia Hamilton.

The Mandie Collection is Christian based, each book begins with a Scripture passage and Mandie calls out to God several times throughout the series "What time I am afraid, I will put my trust in Thee."

My girls and I are currently reading one chapter each night at bedtime and my girls hate to book the book down after one chapter because they have to wait to find out what happens next; but they love the suspense and are eager for the next story time. We love The Mandie Collection! Join us on this adventure! Relive exciting mysteries and learn important life lessons with Mandie and Snowball and the whole gang. Be a part of the adventure series that has sold over six million!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Motivating the Reluctant Learner

Today we are going to discuss the reluctant learner. There are two possible explanations for children who are reluctant to learn.

1. Their attitudes. Proverbs 22:15 reads "Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him." In order to help our children, we need to replace this foolishness with wisdom.

2. Their abilities. There are two factors to look at here. Internally, your child may be a reluctant learner because his learning style is not being taught. Externally, your child may be a reluctant learner because of his learning environment.

So how can you motivate the reluctant learner?

1. Adapt to his learning style.
2. Assess your learning environment.
3. Evaluate your curriculum. Choose a curriculum that tailors to his learning style.
4. Speak positive affirmations - do all you can to show your confidence in him.
5. Use rewards - this just may show you he can really do mathematics because he is motivated to earn the reward.

Happy Homeschooling!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Get Wisdom

Proverbs 4:5-7 reads "get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding."

It is one thing to be educated. It is quite another thing to have wisdom. As life goes on I really can see why Solomon asked God for wisdom more than anything else he could have asked for.

Why is wisdom worth more than anything else one could desire? Why does Proverbs tell us that whatever we do, we should get wisdom? It is because wisdom yields benefits that go far beyond material comfort and convenience. Look at these passages in Proverbs and see why wisdom is to be desired for the blessings it brings.

Proverbs 4:5 - "Get wisdom, get understanding..."
Proverbs 8:7 - "For my mouth shall speak truth..."
Proverbs 8:12 - "I wisdom dwell with prudence..."
Proverbs 8:18 - "Riches and honour are with me..."

If we are going to "get wisdom", we are going to have to seek it. We need to spend more time in God's Word and apply His Word to our lives. In closing, let us remember Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum

The Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum is located on Galveston Island, Texas and is open daily from 10:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. Cost is $9.00 per adult, $5.00 per student, and children 6 and under get in free.
Visitors board the retired jackup drilling rig and view a video about the offshore industry. The museum features three floors of models and interactive displays illustrating the story of offshore oil and gas from seismic technology to exploration and production. Scale models of production platforms, actual drill bits and remotely-operated vehicles (ROVs) as well as videos and exhibits explain drilling, geology, seismic, well servicing and production.

Following a guided tour inside the museum, visitors can take the skywalk out onto the drill floor of the rig, or visit the exhibits on the pipe deck from the first floor of the museum.

Please call 409-766-7827 for more information and to reserve your guided tour.