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Wednesday, 26 November 2008
I'm Really Excited About This One!
Mood:  bright
Topic: Favorite Links
I remember when my parents would join a book of the month or record of the month club for me. I would wait excitedly for the next delivery. I enjoyed the books, records, etc. that I got, but I would have loved this club. KraftyKid is a craft of the month club where you can choose how many times a month that you recieve a craft, what type of craft, even if it's for a preschooler or older child. Everything is sent to you in the mail. No more hunting around for an age appropriate craft and then trying to gather all of the materials. KraftyKid is a Christian company, so you can choose all Bible crafts or regular crafts, and you can be assured that there will be no objectionable crafts that will be sent to you. You can unsubsribe at any time, and they have trial kits that you can order. There are also some kits that you can buy individually if you don't want to join one of their clubs. You can even sign up for their free monthly, printable crafts sent to you by email. We have started to do a lot of crafts as a family, and are very excited about the Family Advent night crafts that we are going to do. I'm thinking about subscribing to one of KraftyKid's craft clubs and having family craft nights all throughout the year! It looks like they would make great Christmas gifts as well. What about for grandma and grandpa for when the kids come for a visit. Or for your favorite babysitter. Or...well, you get the idea. Have Fun!

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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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