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Sunday, 27 June 2010
Men's Monday Meme - Are Public Schools Really the Way to Go?
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Men's Monday Meme

 

I was thinking about this yesterday as I was combing through the links for a new weekly freebie thing I am doing on homeschooling. The first week's theme was about whether or not Christians should send their kids to public schools or not. There some interesting information that The Old Schoolhouse magazine is offering for free. You can find that post by clicking here.

I have mixed emotions about public schools. I grew up in one in a small town and it seemed fine. It's been thirty years since I graduated, however. Things have changed. My oldest went to public school through third grad and he was fine. Of course, we live in another small town and a lot of the teachers were Christians. He really didn't seem to have a problem.

Unfortunately that doesn't seem to be the norm in some school districts these days. You hear so many stories of violence, corruption, religious discrimination, and dumbed down, revised textbooks that we wonder how kids really know anything when they graduate. John Allen, our oldest, didn't experience anything like this. We pulled him out, not because of the school, but because of our schedule as full time missionaries and because we wanted a little more control of our child's education. 

Still, I don't think that we will ever send him back. I like being the one that chooses what curriculum we will use. I like being able to teach him from textbooks that don't try to revise God our of our history. I like challenging him with subjects that aren't dumbed down so that test scores will look good. I like being with my children.

I know all of the talk about socialization. That really isn't what this post is about, although it will come into play. Here's my quick view on that. First of all, my children get a lot of socialization. Remember, we run a mission. There are kids here all of the time. Not many folks run a ministry like we do, I understand that, but if you get your kids involved in church, homeschool groups, sports, etc. they will have plenty of socialization. And, since when did the main objective of school become socialization? I thought school was for learning. 

I realize that not all parents have the luxury of being able to homeschool their kids. Although there are creative ways of doing it ~ homeschooling at night, etc. ~ it still isn't possible for some folks. Here is the question(s) of the week, though:

What do you all think? Have some (perhaps most) public schools become to corrupt ~ socially and educationally ~ for Christian children to go to? Should we go back to the way of our founding fathers and teach our children at home? What about Christina schools?

I guess I've really loaded this weeks question. There's much to talk about. Maybe too much. Just pick an area from the questions above that you want to talk about. Have fun!

Here's a reminder of the rules. 

Here's the rules:

  1. This is a man's meme, so the answers must be the answers from a man. Either the man can answer on his blog, or a wife can interview her husband for her blog. However, if the wife puts it on her blog, she must stay true to what her husband said.
  2. You are encouraged to put one of the Men's Monday Meme buttons found to the left on your blog. Just copy the code below the button of your choice. The more folks who link, the more readers you may have to visit your blog.
  3. You may answer the question any time during the week up through next Monday. After you answer the question, add the address to your post to the Mr.Linky below. If you could, please only add the direct link to the post to make it easier for readers to find the entry.
  4. My answer along with a new question will be posted next Monday. The new Mr. Linky will be added at midnight Monday night or sometime within the next couple of days after that Wink.

And here's the new Mr. Linky:

 

 


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Saturday, 26 June 2010
Wondering What Homeschooling is All About? Check out these Freebies!
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: FamiliesAgain Freebies

I began FamiliesAgain Freebies several months ago because I was hoping to get some free things to pass on to all of my readers. Well, if you have been reading for a while, you know that I haven't passed on too many things. Today, I checked my email and found that the great folks at The Old Schoolhouse - TOS were offering some freebies this summer and wanted us to let you all know about them. So, this summer, I'm going to be hi-lighting a couple of things one day a week. I'm going to try to keep with a theme each time. This weeks theme is -

What is homeschooling all about and what about public schools? 

TOS has two great freebies that talk about just that. The first is a small pamphlet called:

What About Public School? is a discussion between TOS' founder Gena Suarez and three authors about why they think Public Schools should not be an option for Christian kids. When you print this out, it may look a little funny because it was meant to be printed as a front and back tri-fold pamphlet. If you are a homeschooler looking for homeschool information to pass on to your friends, you are welcome to print it out and pass it around free of charge. If you are new to homeschooling or are exploring, hopefully this pamphlet will answer some of your questions. Enjoy!

Are Public Schools an Option for Christian Kids is along the same lines as the pamphlet above, but it is a whopping 64 page ebook that goes into much more detail. It is a very interesting read for those of you who are seriously delving into and praying about what kind of education is right for your child.

Enjoy this weeks freebies. Stay tuned for more next week. I would say on Saturday, but you know me and posting things on the days I'm supposed to post things on. I need an ebook on following schedules Laughing. At any rate, just be looking for some new freebies next week! Until then, Happy Reading!

 

 


 

 

 


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Friday, 25 June 2010
We're off on another field trip for Field Trip Friday!
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Blog Carnivals!

 

Our family has been blessed to have been able to go to a lot of great places. We have driven the Blue Ridge Parkway and stopped at many of the wonderful places along the way. We have toured the battlefields of Gettysburg and experienced Amish country in Pennsylvania. We've gone to museums, lighthouses, botanical gardens, zoos, historical places, national parks...we love to travel and see new things. Some of the neatest adventures that we have been on, however, have been adventures that we haven't even sought out. They are off the radar, unusual places. This week on Field Trip Friday I'm spotlighting and adventure that we have been on once before. Others have posted links to great places that they have seen. Join the fun by clicking here or on the banner above. Then, dream of the things that you and your family can experience this summer by reading the different posts. Have fun!


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Thursday, 24 June 2010
The TOS Crew Blog Hop is still Hopping! - Week 2
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: TOS Crew Blog Hop

Yes, yes, I know it's Thursday, but we've got to do something about these blasted holidays. I posted something about Compassion International last Sunday for Father's Day. If you missed it, here's the link ~ A Compassion Father's Day Gift.

Here is the week two list for the TOS Homeschool Crew Blog Hop. If you missed last week's list just click here. What do you do on a blog hop? Well, you just click on each link and check out the different blogs. It's always fun to leave them a message as well. If you really like the blog, you may even want to subscribe to it. You never know what treasures you may find that you never knew existed. The world of blogging is fun and adventurous. Enjoy this week's hop. Here's the list.

1. Second Star to the Right and Straight On Till Morning
2. Surviving The Testosterone
3. Family Style School
4. School Around The Bible
5. 1628 The Story of The Goebels 5
6. Morris Family Madness
7. Homeschool Musings
8. Homeschooling (and then some!)
9. Heartfelt Homeschooling
10. following Him home

 

 


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Wednesday, 23 June 2010
I'm About to Swag My Way to Amazon,com! Again!
Mood:  happy
Topic: FamiliesAgain Freebies

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I know that I've mentioned swagbucks before, but I really want to rave again about them. I have only been doing swagbucks for about two months and I already have earned $20 in Amazon gift cards. How do you win swagbucks? It's simple! All you have to do is use their toolbar to do your searches. When you search, you win. You don't always win, but you win a lot of the time, and there are various amounts that you might win. I have earned from 5 to over 25 bucks just by doing a search. And there are other ways to win as well. You can search for codes where you earn extra swagbucks. You can take surveys. There are all sorts of ways. I generally just do the searches. Every once in a while I will go on a search for special swag codes, but those are few and far between. After you earn so many bucks, you turn them in for all kinds of prizes. I have always chosen the Amazon gift cards, but you can choose hundreds if not thousands of different items, gift cards, and more at a variety of swagbuck prices. You can download their tool bar to do the searches if you would like, but you don't have to. You can just go to their site to do it. It really is easy and a lot of fun and very rewarding. Just click on the banner above to join all of the fun.


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