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Tuesday, 25 November 2008
Mood:  silly
Topic: General

Serious Disclaimer - I have made a promise to you that I will only post links on my blog that lead to sites that promote family values or articles of a Christian family nature. I have also promised that I would only affiliate with companies that provide wholesome, family based items or services. I want you to know that I still hold to that promise. The company that I use to host my blog (Angelfire) allows me to write my blog for free with the understanding that they will post links to companies, of their choice, at the top of my page. Unfortunately, they do not always adhere to the same guidelines that I do. Although their links are not the worst, I have recently noticed advertisements to companies that I would not link to if I had the choice. The companies and sites that I support will always be linked to either within one of my blog entries, or over to the left of my page in my links section. The links at the top of my page (above the refrigerator) are companies that Angelfire links to. Someday I hope to be able to upgrade to a level where I will control all links on my blog. Until that time, please forgive me for any offensive links that may show up from time to time at the top of my page.

Not So Serious Disclaimer - I have no idea how my blog refrigerator got deformed. It somehow happened when I was trying to cut and paste an article from another website. I do not promote the mistreatment of blog refrigerators. Please do not report me to PETBR (People for the Ethical Treatment of Blog Refrigerators). I hope to fix the problem as soon as possible.

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Updated: Wednesday, 26 November 2008 12:58 PM CST
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Monday, 24 November 2008
Thanksgiving Traditions
If you have been homeschooling for any length of time, you probably have heard of The Teaching Home. They have an excellent Christian, homeschool, website, and a fantastic newsletter filled with ideas that can not only be used for homeschooling, but for your family as well. The following ideas for making your Thanksgiving special were in their most recent newsletter. We plan on making the thankfulness box that is used between Thanksgiving and Christmas and begin a new family tradition. Enjoy the article, and start a new tradition with your family this year. 

Oh give thanks
to the Lord,
for He is good!

Psalm 106:1

Thanksgiving Day Activities

After your family has enjoyed your Thanksgiving feast, here are three activities that can help to make the day a time of giving thanks.

1. "Count Your Blessings"


Make a poster and cut out objects (see below).  Then write a blessing for which you are thankful on each cutout and tape or glue them on the poster.  For example:

 *  Poster of a tree with leaf cutouts

 *  Draw a leafless tree on a piece of butcher paper or posterboard. (You can also open up a paper grocery bag to use as a large piece of paper.)

 *  Cut out leaves from colored paper and write (or have young children draw) something for which you are thankful on each leaf.

 *  Tape or glue them to the tree.

 *  Poster of a cornucopia with fruit and vegetable cutouts

 *  Poster of an umbrella or grass with raindrop cutouts (showers of blessings)

Basket or Box

Decorate a box or basket to hold notes (e.g., 3x5 cards) written by family members expressing thankfulness for various blessings, great or small. Younger children can draw items.

Add more notes throughout the year.  Review them occasionally or read them next Thanksgiving.

One family's tradition is to start a box on Thanksgiving into which family members put notes of thanks to each other ¿ with specific things they appreciate.  They add to this box until Christmas and open the notes to each other before they share their gifts.

2. "What Am I
     Thankful For?"

Charades and/or Pictionary

Have Ready: a chalkboard, whiteboard, or a large pad of paper with markers.

The idea is for everyone to tell what they are thankful for by using the rules of charades or pictionary.

 *  Everyone gets a turn as others guess.  This does not have to be a points or winning game - just fun!

 *  The game can continue after everyone has one turn as long as there is interest.

3. Your Family
    Thanksgiving Service

After your Thanksgiving feast, gather your family and friends for a time of:

 *  Singing hymns and songs of praise. See words and hear the music to many hymns of thanksgiving at Cyberhymnal.

 *  Recounting to each other the blessings of the Lord.

 *  Thanking Him together in prayer.

 *  Reading or quoting Bible verses or passages on thankfulness and God's blessings (many of the Psalms, including Psalm 100).

By Cindy Short and Sue Welch.    Copyright 2008 by www.TeachingHome.com. Reprinted by permission.


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Posted by tink38570 at 11:30 PM CST
Updated: Wednesday, 26 November 2008 1:03 PM CST
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ClickN' Read Phonics - A New Affiliate - Joshua Approved!
Topic: The Kids

Many of you know our middle son, Joshua, and are familiar with his disabilities. He has been diagnosed with many things and has recently completed testing for Asperger's Syndrome which is in the autism spectrum. His problems cause many challenges, one of which is learning. Reading, writing, fine motor, it doesn't matter what, Joshua is challenged by it. We are constantly looking for new ways to teach him and to keep his interest. Recently I came across ClickN' Read Phonics. I liked what I saw, but, as you know, the proof is in the pudding. So, I called Joshua in to try out the sample lesson. Now, mind you, this was after his night meds, and right after I had sent him to bed, but the minute Joshua started with the lesson, he was enthralled. Although we had already covered many of the same things, we could never make it all "stick". With ClickN' Read Phonics' review methods and immediate verbal rewards for correct answers, Joshua was retaining what we could never get him to remember before! Then, at the end of the lesson, he was reading the sentences with hardly any stumbling at all! I was so pleased, that I signed up and was accepted for their affiliate program. If you are looking for a unique way to teach or help you kids with phonics, or if you are looking for a phonics review, click on the banner above or on one of the links to the left. Let me know what you think. I don't think you will be disappointed.

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Thursday, 20 November 2008
Has It Been 11 Days Since My Last Post?
Topic: Favorite Links

I am so sorry! Not that a ton of people read my blog, mind you, but for the faithful few that do, I apologize for not posting something new lately. Things have been hectic of late. If you want to read some exciting things about what is going on here at Good News Mission, click on our Prayer Letter link to the left and read our latest. All of our prayer letters are written by Sarah, my wife, and I think she does a great job. If you aren't on our email list and would like to receive our Prayer Letters, leave us a comment with your email address, or contact us at tink38570@yahoo.com and we'll put you on the list.

Have you ever heard the expression "If it were a snake it would have bit you?" Well that expression would have fit me perfectly the other day. I receive a homeschool newsletter once a week and one of the contributors is Todd Wilson, a homeschool dad. I had read his contributions before but had not really paid any attention to anything else. Well, I was doing a search for Christian Thanksgiving stories, and what should turn up, but the Familyman Ministries site. Familyman Ministries is a great site primarily for Dads written by (you guessed it) Todd Wilson. There had been a link to his web site in the homeschool newsletter every week, but I had never clicked on it. DUH!

Anyway, Todd's site is great. He has a lot of suggestions on how Dads can spend valuable, Christian, time with their families. One of the things he does every year is have Family Advent Nights during the Christmas season. I liked the idea so much that the Tinkels are going to start the Family Advent Night tradition this year. And, this is all Dad's doing. I'm not enlisting Mom's help for anything. I'm doing all the planning myself. Todd's site lists everything that you need to do, and even sells advent craft kits to go along with it. The NOEL window hang shown above is one of the crafts. The kits aren't very expensive, but our meager budget isn't going to allow us to buy them this year. I have asked a crafty friend to help with that part of the planning. I wanted to let you all know about it in time for you to possibly start the tradition with your family as well. Write and let me know how it went, and I'll let you know how ours went in a future blog.


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Posted by tink38570 at 10:55 PM CST
Updated: Friday, 21 November 2008 11:41 AM CST
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