Saturday, May 26, 2012

Creating a Fariy Garden

Creating a Fairy Garden with Isabella.  I had pictures with her next to her creation but some how they got deleted from my chip! I ran out and took some more pictures before the rain came. 

We had a great time painting furniture and picking out flowers.  We made the chair a little larger because fairies come in all sizes!

Don't you just want to live there!

Some bird seed

Here is another very small version but instead of a fairy we have a little gnome.  I think I had more fun than she did.  I can see us making a lot more of these!  I am making a huge indoor one for a friend of mine whose daughter is graduating high school.  You are never to old for fairies!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Family resources continued... Part III

We have had times in our lives when we did not have cable and we would watch videos for some down time. I have been a member of Netflix for years and love the variety that it offers. (Honestly, I could live with out TV.)I have tried to teach my children discernment in this area. For the most part they pick things to view that we approve of and line up with our beliefs. I enjoy popping pop- corn and sitting with them to watch a movie as a family but I must admit that selections are getting slimmer and slimmer.

I thought I would list some of our favorites but I'm going to refrain from that. I know that everyone's criteria is different. There are things that I may choose that may not be conservative enough for your family or maybe too conservative. What's important is that you sit down with your husband and decide what you will allow and what is totally off limits.

Ok.. Maybe I'll just mention a few favorites!

Little women ( my very favorite)

Christy- this series is excellent and even my boys love it!

Dr. Quinn- here's where it gets a little hard. There is a bar and prostitution in the series. You can skip those scenes. My kids learned a lot about the time period and medicine.

Faith Like Potatoes

Fire Proof


Love Comes Softly series by Janette Oak

Wives and daughters

Little House series


Shirley Temple

Anne of Green Gables

The old Batman series with Adam West

My boys LOVE super heroes.. Batman, Superman, Spiderman etc.... I waited until they were an older age before they were allowed to watch the more adult kind of films. In other words.... They were not 4 years old when they watched them.

Going to stop there, after all I did say I was not going to give titles right??

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Part II of family resources~

Today I want to talk about audio!  I LOVE anything audio and am a bit of a collector.  You can throw a CD in the player on long car rides and the kids don't even know that they are learning!  I also will let them listen to audios at night when in bed or during the day when they are done with their school work.  We have taken the audios camping with us and spend hours listening to wonderful stories that build our faith. Here our some of our favorites:

1.  Your Story Hour~ These are probably the tapes (now they have them on CD) that got us started.  They are wonderful!  Each volume has a different theme.  There is one that is all bible stories called "Bible Comes Alive"  you may be tired of hearing me say this but I have used this for Sunday school!  The stories are told in a drama format.  They are accurate and easy to listen to.  You can facilitate a discussion after the story and then read it from the scriptures.  Some of the other volumes that they sell are historical.  They have stories about George Washington, Henry Ford, Fanny Crosby, and MORE.  There are also stories that have to do with a character trait like honesty.  I believe CBD (christian book distributors) sells this series. 

2.  Focus On the Family Radio Theater~  another wonderful theatrical audio.  I pulled the Father Gilbert Mysteries series off my shelf.  This particular series is a little scary but not at all inappropriate.  It is a mystery that gets solved at the end and will keep you at the edge of your seat.  They have many titles that you can choose from.  Some of the ones we own and have listened to are Chronicles of Narnia, Bonhoeffer, The story of Anne Frank, and my favorite... Child Of Promise... which is a great story about the apostle Luke. 

I am sure many of you are familiar with" Adventures in Odyssey."  I believe this was Focus on the Families first audio series.  They are excellent and even my older children enjoy pulling those out and listening to them.  They are very much a charecter teaching series. 

3.  Jonathan Park~ This is our children's new favorite.  It is the story of a family that learns about creation by experiencing many adventures! This is a great way for our children to learn about creation and also be able to refute evolution.  You can get this from Vision Forum.  or 

We have a lot more audios on our shelf but those are the top 3 that have really impacted my kids.  Tomorrow I will talk about Video!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Resourses for family bible study and devotions~ Part 1

It was a pleasure to speak to the ladies at Calvary church this past week!  I also had the priveledge of delivering my message to the women of my church on Sunday!  I promised I would list some of the resources that we have used as a family for our times of family worship and bible study.  My encouragement is to make it consistant and be creative. 

Reading the bible is something I want my kids to learn to do on a daily basis.  Family devotioanl time can be dad and/or mom reading a chapter of scripture and everyone discussing it.  We have done this and continue to do it when we are not useing a devotional book. The first resource I am gonig to list is great for reading through the bible. 

1.  Balancing The Sword~  These book comes in two volumes.  The books are designed to help you grasp the meaning of scripture by asking you questions about what you have read.  Virtually all major points of the chapter are highlighted.  The book also contains maps, tables, some pictures, and answer key.  If you have never done family devotions this book is a great starting point to get you into Gods word for both children and adults.  You can purchase this book from CBD for 54.49.  that price includes both volumes. 

Advice~  even if you do not homeschool go on line to CBD and look at their homeschool catolog. They have great selections for bible study. 

2.  Boyhood and Beyond, Created For Work, and Practical Happiness~( each title is a book)  these are my FAVORITE devotional books.  They are geared towards boys but they would be fine for a girl too.  They are written by Bob Schultz.  At the end of each little story are questions for you to ask and discuss with your kids. 

3.  Christian Manhood~ by Gary Maldaner. This is a great study to do together if you have a brood of boys like I do or each boy could do it on their own.  You read sections and answer questions that are very practical, biblical and are great for helping your boys form their christian world view.

4.  Jotham's Journey~ by Arnold Ytreeide  This is a wonderful devotion for Christmas time.  You start it on the first day of Advent and finish it up on christmas morning.  It is a story that is fictional but is set in biblical times.  The story leads up to the birth of Christ.   This book will keep you at the edge of your seat!  excellent! (there are a few books in the series but right now this was the only one I could find on my shelf...I think I lent out the other title but I seem to remember it being something like... Bartholomews ____???? )

5.  Right Choices~by Kenneth N Taylor.   a wonderful book for children 5 and under ( you could use it for older children too.. it really depends on the child)  I have used this book for sunday school and also as a read a loud for my children when they were young.  It helps children to start thinking about the choices that they make and teaches how to make biblilcal choices.  Great book for charecter training. 

6.  Great Truths For Little Children~ this is a book I am reading with my 7 year old daughter right now.  They are stories that have been reprinted from the 1800's.   Good for children 3-6 years old.  Full of great wisdom!

7.  The Big Book Of Questions and Answers About Jesus by Sinclair B Ferguson~ this book is a favorite of mine.  I have used it to teach sunday school to elementry age children.  It is so practical.  Children will have a great understanding of Jesus when they finish this book. 

8.  Children Bible Basics:  What Happens When You Die, The Holy Spirit In Me, Who is Jesus, What is a Christian, What is Prayer, Who is God.  Each title is a short book.  Excellent for teaching little ones these spiritual truths.   My father~ in~ law bought these books for my oldest son and I have used them for all 5 boys and even for Sunday school.  They are wonderful.  Next year I will start them with my 7 year old daughter.  They are published by Moody Press. 

9.  Thoughts For Young Men~  by JC Ryle  If you go through the Davis Home School Academy this is a must read prior to graduation.  I have my boys read this book in 9th grade.  It  teaches boys great truths on how to become men of God. 

10.  Hero Tales~  by Dave and Neta Jackson~  This is another book I have used for Sunday school.  It will teach your chidren about the great Heros of our faith.  Heros like Gladys Aylward, Amy Carmichael, Martin Luther, John Wesley, and MANY more!  Excellent. 

OK.. that is part one of resources. Tomorrow I will discuss some of our favorite Audio materials that we have used.