Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Free Worksheets for Ancient Civilizations

So I was looking for free worksheets for studying ancient history...oofdah!  A lot harder to find than I thought. Then I found littlehistorians.com.  So it is labeled as sixth grade but I have a little one finishing up third grade and she is enjoying filling them out with an encyclopedia set and dictionary in hand.  Hope this helps someone else too!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Notebookingpages.com SALE!!!

This schoolyear I have been doing a lot of changes in how we do school.  I've come to the conclusion that since projects are how many kids learn best that I would try to do more of them.  Well, there are some available on the web for free, but I just came across a great site a few days ago that is having a great Mother's Day Sale.  It is notebookingpages.com and they have a $50.00 lifetime membership sale going on through May 11th.  Catch it before it ends because I looked at it and it really looks like a good deal.  It would be very helpful for history and science.controlling

Anyways, I am excited because her collection will save me beaucoup amounts of time.  Even if you are not interested in the lifetime membership, I did notice that she had some free Bible notebooking pages.  So either way, I would say it is well worth your time to check it out.

So have you tried out this website before?  I would love to hear what your thoughts are.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Michtam Music

I plan to write a few blog posts on song sites and especially those with free congregational pieces available for listening and printing.  Michtam Music is one of those sites.  I haven't listened to all of the songs on the site yet, but I would encourage you to stop by their site and listen to the music.  Leave a comment below if there are any songs there that are a blessing to you.  I like the song "No Reserves, No Retreats, No Regrets" by author Taylor Fleury and composer Ethan Holmes.  There is a story behind the song which you can read here.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Free Church Website

Is it possible to make a free church website without ads?
  Yes!! :o)  You may want your own domain name and so that will be around $10/year but that is not necessary.  I've used yolasite.com and I've also heard good things about weebly.com.  Yola has very good customer service and it is very easy to figure out how to get started.  I was even able to put short sermons for my husband on there (about 30 minutes each).  Have questions?  Leave a comment and I will try to get back to you.

Ideas for reaching out to the community

   Need some more ideas for getting to know some more people in your neighborhood, helping out, and also sharing about Christ.  Well, here are a few ideas and you are welcome to share your own. 

* Every community has plenty of opportunities to volunteer and this presents a great time to help and build relationships.  This includes helping at nursing homes, mentoring, helping children or adults with disabilities, serving at soup kitchens or rescue missions.
* Start a crocheting, quilting, etc. club and offer free lessons for beginners.
* Hand out Valentines and candy to cashiers, neighbors etc.  Include the church website on the Valentine card.
* Invite kids to a Resurrection party and use the Resurrection eggs.
* Invite kids to a What God wants for Christmas Party.
* Put a float in the parade and pass out flyers.
* Make Thanksgiving baskets to give to families in need.
* Outdoor nativity with animals or passion play.  Breakfast afterward.
* Set up a booth in a fair.  Do wordless book face-painting.
* Rent a room in the mall for an outreach.
* Be sure to advertise in newspaper and in radio (Public Service Announcements are free) for outreaches or special Bible studies.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health by Donald S. Whitney

When I requested a book to review, NavPress also threw in this book so I'm not really required to review it but am more than happy to do so.  I wasn't familiar with this author but I love this book.  It has 10 questions that help you to stop and think about your walk with God.  Even though this is a fairly short book, you will want to work through it slowly in order to give yourself time to make sure you are seeking God's grace to grow in the various areas.  It's the type of book that I would go back and read again, and be convicted again.  I would definitely recommend it to others!

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

What Did You Expect?? by Paul David Tripp

This is a book explaining how our expectations going into marriage can be different than reality.  Tripp explains how marriage should be Christ-centered and he gives six commitments that couples should make by God's grace.
This book would be helpful especially for younger engaged couples or newlyweds, especially if they are not as grounded in the faith.
There are a couple things I would have liked to have seen explained more in this book.
1. A Biblical explanation of the roles of husbands and wives since misunderstanding in this area can lead to problems.
2. What to do if your spouse is not a believer or not committed to the things discussed in this book (as in I Peter 3).  (Crossway provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a fair critique).

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Church Planting is for Wimps by Mike McKinley

"How God uses messed-up people to plant ordinary churches that do extraordinary things" is the subtitle of this book and sums it up pretty well.  Mike McKinley shares how God led him and his wife to a church that was in desperate need of revitalization.  He shared things he learned and tries to encourage others that are being used by God in planting or revitalizing churches.

I requested to review this book because my husband is a pastor / church planter and we thought it might be a good read.  First of all, if you are looking for a detailed how-to book, this is not the one we'd recommend.  However, if you are looking for encouragement from someone that would understand some of the difficulties you may be facing in this type of ministry then this a helpful book.  It was very refreshing to be reminded to be faithful in the things that are most important and let God do His work.  (Crossway provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a fair critique).

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Friday, July 15, 2011

Don't Learn the Hard Way: Research Before You Buy

Most of us would agree that we don't prefer to learn the hard way.  After all it can be painful.  So when it comes to major purchases and even not so major purchases it pays to do research.
1. Narrow down your choices to an item that has all the features you need and that would be within your price range.  In order to do this be sure to look carefully at your products specifications.
2. Check online for reviews.  Look at reviews on Amazon, Walmart, and also just do a Google search for reviews on that item.
3. Research to find a good price from a reputable seller.  Check their return policy and also reviews of that seller.  Also, you will want to make sure that when you are purchasing your product you are doing so from a secure connection so that your personal information is not compromised.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Links to used homeschool books

    Amazon is a great place to look for used textbooks, but there are some other good sites too.  Educational Accents is another good site.  Also, Homeschool Classifieds is great.  Just a tip:  make sure to look at the definitions for the condition of the book closely.  You probably don't want to accidentally get a book that has the answers filled in the student worktext pages.  Also, if you have any questions, be sure to contact the seller.

   What about you?  Do you have a website you would recommend for buying or selling used books?  I'd love to your ideas.