Petunia is a silly goose who finds a book. She carries the book everywhere she goes, knowing that books are valuable. Pretty soon, Petunia thinks that she is wise because she owns a book.
Thinking that she is wise because she owns a book and puffed up with pride, Petunia dispenses advice wherever she goes in the farmyard. Unfortunately, her advice is terrible and brings harm to all the other animals. A terrible accident humbles Petunia and she realizes that owning a book doesn't make one wise. She decides to learn to read.
This book is a sweet story about pride, humility, wisdom, advice, and books. The life lesson Petunia learns is one that the Lord wants everyone to learn.
However, you children won't know they are learning a life lesson when you read them this delightful tale.
Are you thinking about homeschooling?
It was a very long time ago that I was in your shoes. It was the 1980s and homeschooling was still unusual and quirky. However, when I met homeschooling families, I was so impressed by what I saw in the children's manners, character, and ability to think and communicate. They were impressive!
If you are thinking of homeschooling, I would talk to some families that homeschool and love it! Find out why they enjoy educating their children at home.
In addition, you and your spouse should talk to one another and the Lord about the possibility of homeschooling. This is a big decision--make it together.
Once you decide homeschooling is for you, here's some advice on how to get started.
Would you like to read a delightful story about a San Francisco cable car named Maybelle?
Maybelle the Cable Car by Virginia Lee Burton, author of The Little House and Katie and the Big Snow takes us on a trip to San Francisco during a time when cable cars were threatened to become obsolete.
Bill the Bus is convinced that he is the future and he doesn't need cable cars around anymore.
But some people wanted to keep the cable cars around.
What would happen?
You'll have to read the book and find out.
Your children will love the story and the enchanting illustrations. After you read the book aloud, it's time for some hands-on learning fun.
Here are some suggestions based on Maybelle the Cable Car.
Maybelle the Cable Car by Virginia Lee Burton is another delightful story from the author of The Little House, Katy and the Big Snow, and MIke Mulligan and HIs Steam Shovel.
Maybelle is a cable car that lives in San Francisco. She has been part of the enchanting city since the early days when it was so small that everyone knew everyone. She remembered the terrible fire and how the city was rebuilt. Cable cars, created to climb up and down the steep hills, were becoming obsolete as the story opens. Maybelle's nemesis, Bill the Bus who makes fun of the cable cars.
The people of San Francisco learn of the news that they are going to phase out cable cars and there is quite a mixed reaction. A movement to save the San Francisco cable cars begins and when a vote is taken, Maybelle and her friends win. They even get a fresh coat of paint.
Cable cars are an iconic part of San Francisco. In fact, they are one of the first things people think of when San Francisco is mentioned.
I love the way Virginia Lee Burton brings these cable cars alive.
Lyle and the Birthday Party by Bernard Waber is a classic picture book about a loveable crocodile named Lyle who lives with an American family.
This is a great book to read aloud to your little lambs. When you finish reading it, try out some of the hands-on learning fun suggestions in this blog and make some memories.
The story begins with Lyle helping the parents plan their sons party. Lyle helps decorate, blow up balloons, and hangs streamers. As the party goes on, his struggle with jealously over the son’s birthday party intensifies. Eventually his shame over his behavior comes across as sickness and it lands him in the hospital where he reaches out with kindness to the other patients. At the end of the book, he is surprised by a party in his honor. Lyle is a good example of overcoming jealousy by being kind and generous to others.
Your little children will love this book! They will want to hear this classic over and over again.
Lyle experiences planning a party, going to the hospital, and being surprised by his own party. What fun!
Here are some activities you can do with your little lambs after reading the book aloud.
Lyle and the Birthday Party by Bernard Waber is a classic picture book about a crocodile who lives with an American family. Lyle is a loveable crocodile and displays admirable traits for children to imitate.
Lyle lives with Mr. and Mrs. Primm and their son Joshua. The book opens with Lyle helping Mr. and Mrs. Primm decorate for Joshua’s birthday party. The party is fun. Everyone enjoys themselves, but Lyle is struggling with jealousy. Later, he is so sad and ashamed of his jealous behavior that Mrs. Primm thinks he is sick. After some funny adventures, Lyle ends up in the hospital where he reaches out with kindness to all the other patients. Soon, he is feeling much happier and the doctor thinks he has recovered from his illness. Lyle gets to go home. A few days after his homecoming, Lyle is surprised by his own party—it’s been three years since the Primms found him.
More than an entertaining picture book, Lyle and the Birthday Party touches on jealous feelings that most children struggle with and feel bad about, just like Lyle did. This book can lead to an honest talk about how to deal with jealousy and envy.
“Freedom!” William Wallace yells as endures torture in his quest to bring liberty to Scotland. I watch that scene from Braveheart and ask myself, “What is freedom worth?”
Why is freedom worth giving your life for?
And, of course: What is freedom anyway?
What does it mean to be free?
We often think of freedom as the absence of something: no slavery, no debt, no obligations, no responsibilities.
Instead, let's look at Freedom from another angle: "Freedom to..."
When the Founding Fathers spoke of inalienable rights, they were speaking of rights that God has given to men: the freedom to have our own opinions and talk about them, the freedom to worship, the freedom to protect ourselves, the freedom to pursue happiness.
If government refuses to acknowledge those rights, they will be sinning against the Lord. The Founding Fathers set up a government to protect the rights of human beings to make their own choices and face their own consequences.
As believers in Jesus, we have even greater freedoms.
Since my last child has graduated, I am enjoying the privileged of reading a number of books that I have long wanted to but never did. In this case, it is rereading an old favorite.
Today I want to tell you about Adam and His Kin: The Lost History of Their Lives and Times by Ruth Beechick.
This book is based on the stories in the Book of Genesis and is set in those Ancient Biblical Times. I have read that book dozens of times. I have read the stories contained in this book hundreds of times, going back as far as my own childhood. In spite of this, Ms. Beechick tells these stories in such a wonderful way that I almost felt like I was being introduced to these stories for the first time.
I love the story of Creation. I admire the intelligence Adam demonstrates when he names the animals. I acknowledge that it was sad that Adam and Eve were removed from the Garden because of their sin. However, not until I read the account of these events in Adam and His Kin did I experience so much depth of emotion in my reaction.
I recently pulled out an old book which has been gathering dust on my shelf for years. I’ve required my children to read it, but never read it myself. When the upcoming movie of the same title was announced, I decided that it was time to see what this book was all about.
Written by an American author, this book is actually set in the beginning of the first century AD. It’s a long book, divided into eight books and 81 chapters. It’s well worth reading every one.
If you’ve heard anything about Ben Hur; A Tale of Christ, you probably know about the chariot race. That’s how most people refer to it. “That’s the movie with the chariot race, right?” While the race is exciting and there is a bit of build up for it, the book is so much more. As a matter of fact, that famous race happens near the end of Book Five, a little over half way through the book.
Ben Hur; A Tale of Christ follows the trials and victories of Judah, a young Jewish man. Surprisingly though, we do not see our first glimpse of him until Book Two. Book One is all about three wise men coming together and following a star in search of a great king. I have to admit that I was confused by this. After all, what do the three wise men have to do with a chariot race? Then I remembered that the book is subtitled “A Tale of Christ.”
Our hero, Judah, has been raised next to a young Roman whom he considers a great friend. We learn very quickly that now in their older teen years there is tension in this relationship. Both young men come from great families. Both hold great promise and have much to live for, and lose. Messala, as the Roman is known, does all things for his and Rome’s glory, including insulting Judah’s culture, choices, and God.
"Coloring to learn in high school? You've got to be kidding! Young adults don't want to color—that’s for little kids!"
Hold on; just hear me out! I want to introduce you to some wonderful coloring books, yes coloring books, that high school students can using as effective learning tools. No, they won't be using crayons for these coloring books, they will need colored pencils.
I said this when I wrote this review nine years ago. Now, coloring is popular for teens and adults. Coloring to learn has always been popular in our house.
We have an amazing heritage as Americans.
Our nation's history is filled with heroes, many who loved Jesus Christ with all their hearts, minds, souls, and strength.
I love history! As an American, it is fun to go back in time and learn about Colonial America and the American Revolution and discover the people who made history.
If I were to create a Hallmark of Fame for the heroes of the American Revolution, I would start with my Favorite Founding Fathers.
Let me introduce you to them.
Fiery speaker, governor of Virginia, US representative, father of 17 children, devout follower of Jesus Christ, and Father of the Bill of Rights, Patrick Henry stirred up the hearts of Virginians with his famous "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech.
Patrick was a delegate to the First Continental Congress and the Second Continental Congress, but he opposed the Constitution because he felt that it would create a huge monstrosity that would trample on state and individual rights. He penned many of the Anti-Federalist Papers, letters to newspaper editors, that warned of the dangers to come. Once the Constitution was ratified, he championed the Bill of Rights, or first ten amendments to the Constitution that protect individual and states' rights.
Henry served as a US Representative and as governor of Virginia for five terms. Offered positions in both President Washington's and President Adams' cabinet, he declined for health reasons.
His famous "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech is filled with quotes from the Old and New Testament. He read his Bible for hours at a time and urged Americans to flee from the deism and atheism. He loved America and gave his life to her service.
The teen years are an amazing adventure that can be filled with joyful exuberance one minute and angst the next.
So much is going on in the heart, mind, and life of a teen.
While there can be challenging moments, parenting teens is awesome! We can enjoy a deep friendship with our beloved sons and daughters while we pass the baton of faith to the next generation.
Let’s explore the teen years so we can understand and enjoy our teenagers.
A Time of Fluctuating Emotions
There are so many ways to teach high school courses in your home school.
We have had a blast learning about all kinds of things in all kinds of ways. My teens have learned independently and learned in group settings. We love both options!
The sky is the limit when it comes to options. If I forgot something, please add it to the comments below.
Okay, are you ready? Here are some great options to teach high school courses to your teenager.
Mom or Dad-Designed Classes Taught by Mom or Dad
Hope in Jesus will never, ever disappoint.
He is faithful and unfailing.
Before I was saved, I placed my hope in so many different things, like physical appearance, attention from people, the way I acted, my dreams, my wants, etc. I was left broken and depressed each time, because, all those things failed me.
When I started following Jesus, I got new dreams and desires that weren't necessarily wrong or sinful, but it was (and has been) so easy to place my hope in those things.
And even though the desires weren't really wrong, when I placed my hope in them, I would end up feeling in despair and sadness, even brokenhearted at times.
When we place our hope in anything but Jesus, even good things, we will always end up disappointed because JESUS is the only hope that will endure and meet all our needs. He IS all that we need. He is all that will satisfy.
"And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in You." -Psalm 39:7
What in the world are we waiting for if our everything is found in Jesus?
Place your hope in Him, because He will never, EVER disappoint.
Curriculum can have a big impact on how well you and your children enjoy homeschooling and how easy it is to learn.
Curriculum can also be a big investment financially. Here are some steps to making that important decision of picking out the best curriculum for your family.
Step #1: Pray
God created you and your children. He knows what materials would work well with your family. Do not leave out prayer when making curriculum decisions. Ask God to guide your to the right curriculum choices and to speak wisdom through other people.
I set aside a day at the end of each school year. I evaluate the previous year.
We spend lots of time praying for our children and the upcoming year. We ask God for discernment and wisdom before beginning to plan the year ahead.
Step #2: Assess Self & Children (Teacher & Students)