Monthly Archives: March 2009

It is for freedom we’ve been set free

It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. Galations 5:1 This is a verse that came my way today from two different sources. I … Continue reading

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Expressive Social Studies

No more boring lessons–I’ll share some secrets to bringing an artistic flair to this subject that makes history come alive.
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boy and shovel

A little boy must have a shovel or two to be truly happy, I think! What is it about digging that brings such satisfaction and sense of adventure? Will I find a buried treasure? A forgotten city? I must dig … Continue reading

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Inspired Book Reports: Lapbooking Where the Red Fern Grows

You may call them lapbooks or literary logs, but these folders full of mini-books will have your students no longer cringing at book reports.
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Happy 80th, Mom

My mother is now officially an octogenarian. I pray the 80s will bring her peace, grace, beauty, and good health. Here she is making her way down our driveway with a few of the kids this week, who love to … Continue reading

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The Masters and the Classics

How to introduce your students to the greatest works of art and classical music pieces of all time in just 10 minutes a day.
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Parakeet Morality

How parakeet breeding led me to thoughts on a great moral issue: I stopped in the pet store yesterday to get some grit for the birds, to aid their digestion. While there, the kids reminded me of one of their … Continue reading

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Aunt Beth~in spring

My Aunt Beth died yesterday. There is something about death that leaves one so introspective. I wanted to immediately fly back to Michigan and be with family, but Aunt Beth had requested a spring memorial. She apparently didn’t want people … Continue reading

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Richard Wurmbrand Movie

I saw this over at Challies, and love this kind of feature. It’s the story of Richard Wurmbrand, and is the latest in the Torchlighters Heroes of the Faith series (perfect for ages 8-12). Torchlighters are action-packed, award-winning animated videos, … Continue reading

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