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Tuesday, 29 June 2010
Run for Your Lives...It's Coming!
What's coming. The absolutely positively most spectacular sale that TOS has ever had. You won't believe it! It's astounding! It will really spark up your life!
Details? Oh, I don't know any details...you wanted details? All I know is that it is spectacular, unbelievable, astounding...what?...I've already said all of that?...Oh well! Have I told you it's coming...
Well it is coming July 1st, so stay tuned and check in bright and early Thursday morning to find out what all of the excitement is about.
Want some excitement now? Click on the banner below and it will give some exciting news about the BIG Schoolhouse Expo that TOS just had in May! Did you miss it? Wish you hadn't of missed it? Click below!
Monday, 28 June 2010
God's Promises are Everlasting
12 And God said, "This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth." Genesis 9:12-16
Sunday, 27 June 2010
Men's Monday Meme - Are Public Schools Really the Way to Go?
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!
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Saturday, 26 June 2010
Wondering What Homeschooling is All About? Check out these Freebies!
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 . At any rate, just be looking for some new freebies next week! Until then, Happy Reading!
Friday, 25 June 2010
We're off on another field trip for Field Trip Friday!
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!