Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Some Great Resources and Inspiration

I've recently learned about some great new resources and some newsletters you can sign up for...some are free others are not but either way they are wonderful.

I learned about this site from - According to their About section Alice is " innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. "

Sounds very cool! If you know a child interested in filmmaking, animation or gaming this is the place to get started. The site is a gift to us from the Carnegie Mellon University.

ALSO from GIVEAWAY - Don't Miss Out!
Lori always has great giveaways and this is no exception. She is giving away Beehive Reader 1, which is a phonics reader for your beginning reader. It contains charming, wonderfully illustrated stories. It correlates with the All About Spelling Level 1 book. So head on over to and good luck!

This site I learned about from The Old Schoolhouse Magazine newsletter The Homeschool Minute: Molly not only has this website but she has a free weekly newsletter you can sign up for. Her newsletter shares frugal tips, tutorials, recipes and more.

Monday night I went to an information night on Future Options for your Homeschooled Teen:

I heard speakers from 2 local colleges and 3 other ladies who offer different options for homeschooled children starting as young as age 10. The one lady who not only inspired me but my daughter Rose too. Rose will be turning 10 this summer. The speaker's name is Ruth Radney and she is a Learning Resources Consultant.

She has a monthly newsletter called "Inspire the Desire!" (copyright). As she describes it, "It is a great newsletter designed to inspire and nurture the love and joy of learning in everyone who reads it, and give them tools and resources to enrich their teaching or learning experiences." It is a monthly newsletter that averages 35-40 pages each month and a one year subscription is $12 per year. You can contact Ruth at for more information.

Please check out her blog too:

I hope you enjoy these resources and I'll be gathering some more for my next post.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Paul Revere's Ride 234th Anniversary resources

I love homeschool freebie of the day....they have great resources not only for homeschoolers but items that can supplement any child's education.

This weekend the resource is on Paul Revere's Ride (the 234th anniversary of which is this Saturday). They are offering FOUR wonderful resources all related to Revere and the history surrounding his midnight ride. Here's the complete rundown:

Listen My Children (MP3 audio) - FIRST UP up this a great half hour audio story about Revere's long life and influence, including the events of that fateful night, as originally dramatized on the radio program "Cavalcade of America", in December, 1952."

Listen My Children" Listening Guide (PDF ebooklet) -Next, you'll want to use this PDF discussion guide with background info and questions to accompany the above audio program.

Paul Revere's Ride (MP3 audio) - A SECOND classic audio for you: A wonderful dramatic performance of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's classic poem, "Paul Revere's Ride" as performed by Frederic March. If your kids have never heard it, they are missing out on one of the quintessential American poems. Give it a listen!

And FINALLY, there is a neat PDF art study lesson focusing on paintings & sculptures depicting Paul Revere (as well as the Minutemen), courtesy of Yes You Can! Publications. This is lots of fun and a great way to combine history with art appreciation & hands-on activities to boot.

Again, ALL of these resources will be featured on their site through the entire weekend.

Just go to

Thanks, and have a super weekend!

Courtesy of The Erskine
645 Hopewell Church Rd, Canmer, KY 42722, USA

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Top 10 Reasons Not to Give Up!

Thank you The Old School House Magazine - I enjoy your newsletter "The Homeschool Minute"

Top 10 Reasons Not to Give Up!
This week's excellent Top 10 list comes from Erin Mewes.

  1. Your children would never find a teacher who loves them more than you do.
  2. Those bad days? You would still have them even if your child went to public school--probably worse.
  3. If God has called you to homeschool, then NOT homeschooling is a sin.
  4. Your children are cultivating a "learning lifestyle"--everything is interesting, and their curiosity is always piqued.
  5. Your children are learning not just "school stuff," but life: choices, self-sufficiency, budgeting, time management, etc.
  6. Your schedule can be flexible, allowing your children to actually spend time with their father--no matter what kind of schedule he has.
  7. You have got the best class size of all--one-on-one.
  8. You can correct problems as they happen--not as you happen to notice them (which could be weeks after they've made it a habit).
  9. Your children are encouraged to be kind to all age groups, all races, all capabilities, and all viewpoints, regardless of what other children are doing.
  10. Your children can focus on their schoolwork without worrying about the troublemakers in class, what they're wearing, or being "behind".

To Test or Not to Test - some Freebies to help

I've just read some interesting opinions on whether we should test or not test our children. I personally do not use testing...I don't believe it is an accurate measure for my children's ability or intelligence. But since we live in a world where testing will happen one day to them, I know that I will eventually expose them to this experience.

Courtesy of The Homeschool Minute from The Old Schoolhouse Magazine - the following are places where you can obtain some free testing for your children:

For elementary grade levels, ABC Teach provides free math test prep worksheets similar to standardized tests. They offer English test prep worksheets as well. For your high school student, 4 has a wide variety of free test practice in areas such as ACT, GED, SAT, and college exams.

Study Guide Zone serves up tons of free test practice, including those geared for post-high school testing. You'll find vocational tests, graduate tests, financial and business tests, and more. In addition, there is a section devoted to college and study tips including learning styles and test anxiety.

Whether you test or not, be sure to teach your child good study habits. It will pay off in the long run. - Molly Green, Econobuster

Monday, April 13, 2009



Happy Easter!

Edith Burns was a wonderful Christian who lived in San Antonio, Texas. She was the patient of a doctor by the name of Will Phillips. Dr. Phillips was a gentle doctor who saw patients as people. His favorite patient was Edith Burns.

One morning he went to his office with a heavy heart and it was because of Edith Burns. When he walked into the waiting room, there sat Edith with her big black Bible in her lap earnestly talking to a young mother sitting beside her.

Edith Burns had a habit of introducing herself in this way: "Hello, my name is Edith Burns. Do you believe in Easter?" Then she would explain the meaning of Easter, and many times people would be saved.

Dr. Phillips walked into the office and there he saw the head nurse, Beverly. Beverly had first met Edith when she was taking her blood pressure. Edith began by saying,"My name is Edith Burns. Do you believe in Easter?"

Beverly said, "Why yes I do."

Edith said, "Well, what do you believe about Easter?"

Beverly said, "Well, it's all about egg hunts, going to church, and dressing up." Edith kept pressing her about the real meaning of Easter, and finally led her to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Dr. Phillips said, " Beverly, don't call Edith into the office quite yet. I believe there is another delivery taking place in the waiting room.

After being called back in the doctor's office, Edith sat down and when she took a look at the doctor she said, "Dr. Will, why are you so sad? Are you reading your Bible? Are you praying?"

Dr. Phillips said gently, "Edith, I'm the doctor and you're the patient". With a heavy heart he said, "Your lab report came back and it says you have cancer, and Edith, you're not going to live very long."

Edith said, "Why Will Phillips, shame on you. Why are you so sad? Do you think God makes mistakes? You have just told me I'm going to see my precious Lord Jesus, my husband, and my friends. You have just told me that I am going to celebrate Easter forever, and here you are having difficulty giving me my ticket!"

Dr. Phillips thought to himself, "What a magnificent woman this Edith Burns is!"

Edith continued coming to Dr. Phillips. Christmas came and the office was closed through January 3rd. On the day the office opened, Edith did not show up. Later that afternoon, Edith called Dr. Phillips and said she would have to be moving to the hospital and said, "Will, I'm very near going to my heavenly home, so would you make sure that they put other women patients in my room next to me who need to know about Easter?."

Well, they did just that and women began to come in and share that room with Edith and many women were saved. Everybody on that floor from staff to patients were so excited about Edith, that they started calling her "Edith Easter"; that is everyone except Phyllis Cross, the head nurse.

Phyllis made it plain that she wanted nothing to do with Edith because she was a "religious nut". She had been a nurse in an army hospital and she had seen it all and heard it all. She was the original G.I. Jane. She had been married three times and she was hard, cold, and did everything by the book.

One morning the two nurses who were to attend to Edith were sick.

While Edith was in the hospital, she had caught the flu and Phyllis Cross had to go in and give her a shot. When she walked in, Edith had a big smile on her face and said, "Phyllis, God loves you and I love you, and I have been praying for you."

Phyllis Cross said, "Well, you can quit praying for me, it won't work.. I'm not interested."

Edith said, "Well, I will pray and I have asked God not to let me go home until you come into the family."

Phyllis Cross said, "Then you will never die because that will never happen," and curtly walked out of the room.

Every day Phyllis Cross would walk into the room and Edith would say, "God loves you Phyllis and I love you, and I'm praying for you."

One day Phyllis Cross said she was literally drawn to Edith's room like a magnet would draw iron. She sat down on the bed and Edith said, "I'm so glad you have come, because God told me that today is your special day".

Phyllis Cross said, "Edith, you have asked everybody here the question, "Do you believe in Easter?", but you have never asked me."

Edith said, "Phyllis, I wanted to many times, but God told me to wait until you asked, and now you have asked." Edith Burns then took her Bible and shared with Phyllis Cross the Easter Story of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Edith said, "Phyllis, do you believe in Easter? Do you believe that Jesus Christ is alive and that He wants to live in your heart?"

Phyllis Cross said, "Oh I want to believe that with all of my heart, and I do want Jesus in my life." Right then and there, Phyllis Cross prayed and invited Jesus Christ into her heart. For the first time Phyllis Cross did not walk out of that hospital room, she was so happy that she was carried out on the wings of angels.

Two days later, Phyllis Cross came in and Edith said, "Do you know what day it is?" Phyllis Cross said, "Why Edith, it's Good Friday."

Edith said, "Oh, no, for you every day is Easter. Happy Easter Phyllis!"

Two days later, on Easter Sunday, Phyllis Cross came into work, did some of her duties and then went down to the flower shop and got some Easter lilies because she wanted to go up to see Edith and give her some Easter lilies and wish her a Happy Easter.

When she walked into Edith's room, Edith was in bed with that big black Bible was on her lap. Her hands were in that Bible and there was a sweet smile on her face. When Phyllis Cross went to pick up Edith's hand, she realized Edith was dead. Her left hand was on John 14: "In my Father's house are many mansions. I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also." Her right hand was on Revelation 21:4, "And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes, there shall be no more death nor sorrow, nor crying; and there shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."

Phyllis Cross took one look at that dead body, and then lifted her face toward heaven, and with tears streaming down here cheeks, said, "Happy Easter, Edith - Happy Easter!"

Phyllis Cross left Edith's body, walked out of the room, and over to a table where two student nurses were sitting. She said, "My name is Phyllis Cross. Do you believe in Easter?"

If you believe in Easter, forward this on. God works in wonderful ways, and to believe in His power is to truly be free. If Jesus had e-mail, He'd do the same for you.

(Actually, maybe He just did)

"Father, bless this person in whatever it is that You know he or she may be needing this very day!"

Thank you to Dr. Vince and Rev. Laura Rizzo for sharing this special story.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Membership in the 4th Day Alliance will now be FREE

Since this is the International Year of Astronomy, evolutionists are doing all they can to inculcate the world with their false science, and they are using astronomy as a means to do it. We'd like to counter their efforts as best as possible.

Membership in the 4th Day Alliance will now be FREE for everyone who signs up in 2009. Members enjoy a host of additional benefits including access to our Members Only section of our website. To help generate some excitement, we are going to be giving away the following items in a random drawing on April 30th, 2009:

All members, current and new, will automatically be entered into the drawing. We will announce the winners on April 30th in our Members Only Blog (if you win, you will be contacted directly).