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Scrapbook to Learn: Faster & Easier than Lapbooking

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What’s faster than a lapbook, more fun than a book report, makes for super review and teaches computer skills while documenting learning? Digital Scrapbooking!   Digital Scrapbooking Overview Great for all ages and learning styles No mess! Digital scrapbooking is as much fun as lapbooking without all the scissors, glue, papers, and folders. Student retain information longer because they did something ... Read More »

List of Map Sites for Educators

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Historical Maps Old Maps Online Images of Early Maps on the Web Links arranged by world region David Rumsey Collection Thousands of Historical Maps and Atlas World: Historical Maps American Geographical Society – Digital Map Collection Ancient World Mapping Center – Maps for Students Antique Maps (University of Florida) Antiquity A-la-carte (Ancient World Mapping Center, University of North Carolina) Blaeu Atlas 1659 ... Read More »

Knee Jerk Reaction to Hebrew Roots

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A lot of Christians investigating Heart of Wisdom show concern about our focus on the Hebrew people and methods. Why? Well, it is somewhat normal to react this way– It’s the same as the wrath of a mother bear protecting her baby out of love. We don’t want anything to take away from the perfect sacrifice of Jesus. Any hint of ... Read More »

Hand Embroidery Made Simple & Free Pattern

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With Sticky Fabri-Solvy Stabilizer you can print patterns from your computer, apply to fabric and stitch right through it – no  more tracing or taping to window or transfer pens! Sulky Fabri-Solvy stabilizer is a temporary fabric-like water soluble stabilizer. When you finish your project swish it in water and it washes away. In this video Wendy from Shiny Happy World shows ... Read More »

Charlotte Mason Approach Tweaked & Free Printables

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Charlotte Mason was an educator in England during the nineteenth century, and her methods are currently experiencing a rebirth among American home schools. “Twaddle” and “living books” are terms coined by Mason. Download 8 x 10 printable Mason quotes at the bottom of this page. Tweaking Charlotte Mason Methods Robin Sampson, homeschool mother for 29 years and author of The Heart ... Read More »

Writing Links to Help Your Teach Your Child to Write

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Teaching tip: Blogging is an excellent way to “write to learn.” Consider starting a blog for your child. They can record school work, Bible studies, family outings, copy work, writing assignments, etc.  You can make it private by adding password protection. Free Writing Courses Online  10 Universities Offering Free Writing Courses Online- Whether you are currently writing professionally or are looking to break into ... Read More »

Meal Prep: Oven Roasted Vegetables

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Oven roasting is an ideal way to prepare vegetables to retain the vitamins, flavors and minerals. When boiling vegetables a lot of the flavour leaks into the boiling water. With roasting no flavor is lost. Roasting with olive oil we need no butter. If you boil potatoes and carrots and are new to roasted vegetables you’ll probably be so pleased with ... Read More »

Humility Lessons from Peter

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Read About the Four-Step Lesson Approach Here. It’s how Jesus taught! Discuss: What would you do if you just came back from walking on water with Jesus? Would you nbe excited? Would you post on Facebook orInstagram?  Would you immediately be thinking how could put it into 140 characters for a Tweet on Twitter? But Peter never mentions this or the other miracles ... Read More »

4-Step Bible Study

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The most important part of your school day is getting to God through prayer and Bible study. Are you skipping Bible time? Purpose to not touch a school book until you spend time in the Living Word! Organizing Your Bible Time There are four basic steps to the HOW approach. The amount of time for each step will vary from ... Read More »

Free Bible Handwriting Worksheets

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Did you know, the Old Testament Kings were commanded to copy the Torah scrolls? No scribes allowed, the King was to copy the Torah in his own hand.  In writing a scroll of these laws by his own hand, the king is given a solemn reminder of Whom he serves and how he should live.  He should live in the pattern ... Read More »

Creating a Vocabulary Notebook

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To set up your student’s Vocabulary Notebook, divide a spiral notebook into 26 sections (one for each letter of the alphabet), allowing two or three pages per letter. Read “Improving Vocabulary Skills” in Writers INC.It’s best to keep vocabulary separate from the Unit Portfolios, because many of the new words your student will learn along the way will not be ... Read More »

The Importance of Our Hebrew Roots

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We study a Hebrew book—written by Hebrews; we serve a Hebrew Lord—who had Hebrew disciples; we desire to follow the first-century church—which was first predominately Hebrew; and through Christ, we are grafted into a Hebrew family! It makes sense to study the Hebrew culture. To fully comprehend our Christian faith, we should know about this fascinating heritage. This is a ... Read More »

Spiritual Lessons from a Deaf Dog

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Peppy and Precious are our two Great Pyrenees puppies. Both puppies are adorable and have brought a lot of joy (and sleep deprived nights) to our family. (This post from the archive.) We first thought Peppy was so small because he was the runt of the litter, but it soon became apparent he had medical problems. Peppy is a rare ... Read More »

Heart of Wisdom Unit Study Reviews

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Here are just a few of the comments we have received about Heart of Wisdom Unit Studies. Please feel free to add your own below. If you agree with a review–please share via Facebook or Pinterest. Thank you.     The Science Units are wonderful as well, tying it all together in the creation order. We are just beginning the Wisdom ... Read More »

My Favorite Christian Fiction Books – Why No Amish Romance

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Five of the top 10 best sellers on a recent list of Christian fiction were Amish titles. More than 24 million books have been sold since 2003. This year at least 86 “Amish Romance” novels are being released. Why?? I just don’t get it. I understand Christians are looking for wholesome books but there are thousands of Non-romance Christian fiction books. ... Read More »

A Message to my Pinterest Quilting Followers

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Hello Pinterest friends! Thank you for following me. Saving quilt inspiration on Pinterest is like building my own eye candy magazine. I was so surprised and delighted to find over 4,000 of you following my quilting board. But I started wondering if you knew I have FORTY plus quilting boards. You will find FORTY+ sub-boards like hexagons, charm packs, jelly ... Read More »

How to Make Your Own DIY Scripture Wall Art

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I love color and have a few dozen Pinterest board devoted to color. I recently changed by bedroom to purple and turquoise and wanted to hang scriptures on the wall (see my Purple Turquoise Pinterest board here). You can see all the images with links on my Pinterest boards.  When I shared the images on Facebook I got a ton of “How do ... Read More »

25+ Ways Teaching with Legos Can Improve Your Homeschool

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Who doesn’t love legos? OK, except when your the mom picking them up for the bizillionth time or the one stopping on one barefoot, which is almost as painful as childbirth. (Here is a quick science lesson on Why Stepping on a Lego Hurts So Much.) When your children are dreading school walk in with a container of bright colored building blocks ... Read More »

10 Ways to Use Index Cards in Your Homeschool

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Index cards are  low-tech but super handy teaching tools. The cards are  small (3×5, 4×6, 5×8) and easy to carry around in your purse or pocket. Homeschool Index Card Uses 1. Bible Study Outlines Make key notes for a Bible book, chapter, story or Bible character. Download free printable Bible study cards here.  2. Timelines I made my first Index ... Read More »

Remove Splinters & Other Uses for Elmer’s Glue

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When my son needed a splinter removed but did not want me to remove it with tweezers or a needle. I came up with the brainstorm to try duct tape. The first two tries didn’t work. The third time I applied the tape and removed it and the splinter came out. Since then I read that Elmer’s glue helps remove splinters. Yesterday ... Read More »

Organizing Quilt Stash with Pant Hangers

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I like to display my fabric so I can easy visualize my next project. If it is hidden in a box I may never get to play with it. I just did a major closet purge and had a few dozen unused huggable pant hangers not in use (ya know, the ultra slim velvet non-slip ones). Light bulb moment: Why not hang my ... Read More »

Free Printable Labels to Organize Cord Clutter

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I look forward to the future when we have no more cords and no more cord clutter.  Every week we spent time searching for or untangling pesky phone chargers, camera cords, usb cords, etc.   Now I use plastic Sterilite drawers  work great to organize all thoseGet free printable labels below. This is an easy quick DIY fix that will take you an hour ... Read More »

Homeschool? What about Socialization?!

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The number one question people ask homeschoolers is “Aren’t you worried about socialization?  I had the cartoon above made a few years ago that illustrates my feelings. Yes, homeschool children should have friends. But not just random friends. Homeschoolers have the opportunity for selective socialization. Parents can guide their children to other Christian families with like-minded morals and values. Most homeschool ... Read More »

WOW! World’s First Flying Penguins

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Filmmaker and writer Terry Jones discovered a colony of penguins which are unlike any other penguins in the world. Ostensibly filmed for a documentary, the video shows a colony of Adélie penguins suddenly taking to the skies as the astonished presenter, Terry Jones, looks on. The TV spot was filmed on King George’s Island, 1,000 kilometers south of the Falklands. ... Read More »

In-Depth Passover Study: Torah Class Videos

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I went from a spiritual desert to a Torah fire hydrant this year!  After twenty-five years studying Jewish roots on my own, God blessed me moving one mile from  Seed of Abraham Fellowship lead by Tom Bradford. TorahClass.com Tom Bradford teaches through the Bible chapter by chapter he doesn’t skip a word.  You can have these teaching free via audio, video and ... Read More »