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Friday, June 14, 2019

Learning Cursive in Narnia


NARNIA HOMESCHOOL CURRICULUM 

One of my boys struggles with his handwriting.  I looked all over for a cursive book that would peek his interest. I know that the best learning happens when connected to something meaningful, instead of just rote memorization.

We ordered a book themed workbook, based on another children's book series, but when I received it, I could tell it was not written by a teacher.  It was fun for practice, but not really for learning the formation of each letter and joining letters. As a homeschooling mother with a degree in Early Childhood Education, I wondered if I could do better.

The workbook we created has large illustrations with arrows on how to create each letter. Each page combines repetition of tracing and copying with the meaningful words and phrases from our family's favorite subject, the world of Narnia.


The words chosen for tracing and copying are found all throughout C.S. Lewis' beloved books, including all the letters of the alphabet.  My boys helped me find many of the words, including "voyage" when I stumped for a v-word. The quotes for copywork are some of the most beloved in the novels, with many of our personal family favorites.

PART ONE letter practice.

PART TWO Word practice

PART THREE Quote Copywork 

My amazing detail oriented husband did all my editing, especially the hours of formatting lines and quotes.

Once we completed, I wanted to share the book with more families. My workbook is now for sale on Amazon.  It is Cursive workbook features over 70 pages of Narnia related cursive learning and practice using D’nealian Cursive.



For 2nd to 5th grade, depending on if you want to teach cursive or just a fun review book. I am actually using it for my 6th grader , almost 7th grader, who forgot all the cursive he learned in 3rd grade.

Contents:
  • Suggested Use and Schedule
  • Part one: Letter Practice
  • Part two: Word Practice
  • Part three: Quote Copywork

BACK COVER
Book includes cursive practice of letters, words, and quotes.


The book is over 70 pages, including Cursive Alphabet Reference Chart, upper and lower case practice, Narnia related word practice, and Narnia quotes for copywork. This book is perfect for use in homeschool, classroom, during summer, or anytime your child needs handwriting practice.

 Skills learned:
  • letter formation
  • letter placement
  • linking letters
  • word spacing
Don't forget to travel to Middle-Earth after you leave Narnia with Learning Cursive with The Hobbit

Monday, June 10, 2019

Draw and Write Through History, 1850s to Modern Times


We are again using Draw and Write through History alongside My Father's World for Homeschool Art! I am amazed at how much my children have grown in their drawing skills using these books for the past four years!

The books are still used in conjunction with our workbox system, which creates more independence in the school day. These books are NOT consumables, so you can buy one for your family, then an inexpensive sketch pad for each child.


BOOKS NEEDED







SCHEDULE
Napoleon to Lady Liberty
Week 1 The Statue of Liberty page 58 

Week 2 Log Cabin page 54 

Week 3 Queen Victoria page 55

Week 7 Drummer Boy page 46

 Week 10 Steam Engine Train page 50

The 20th Century
Week 18 Titanic page 8

Week 19 World War 1 Soldier page AND 21 German U-Boat page 24

Week 20 the Red Baron page 26

Week 23 Amelia Earhart page 31 page 24 AND Sherman tank page 39

Week 25 Winston Churchill page 42

Week 26 Jaguar page 49 AND scarlet macaw page 51

Week 29 Apollo 11 page 58

Week 30 Martin Luther King Jr page 55





Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Talk Up Your Husband


Talk up your husband. Your words reflect your heart, but your words can also change your heart. In regards to spouses, negative words about your husband are going to give you more negative feelings about him.  

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for processing out your problems, but I have found from personal experience that when I rehearse my frustrations about my husband over and over again, I can't heal from them and let them go. 

The opposite has also proved true, when I rehearse my husband's positive qualities, those are the ones that stick into my mind and heart. Positive words lead to positive feelings. When I tell others how amazing my husband is, my feelings follow. 

Talking up your husband not only improves him in your eyes, but makes you more of a joy to be around. To be frank, it is unpleasant to spend time with women who are constantly bashing their husbands. Talk up your husbands, for both your good. 

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Sharing Song of Solomon with your kids


This morning one of my boys put his stinky feet in my face while we were lying on the couch. I told him how much I love even his feet, because that's what Mom do.

I then told him that even the Bible says that feet can be beautiful: "How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things." Romans 10:15

My 11 year son laughed, then said that he thought that I was going to quote from Song of Solomon "because that book is all about", he said with a pause, "body compliments".

 I responded to my son, "Yep that book is how daddy feels about me and that's how I feel about him. One day when you get married you will feel that way about someone. It's the best feeling ever."

"Oh, that's cool," my almost 12 year old responded as he went back to reading next to me on the couch.

And that was it. No "Yuck mom, stop!" Just a short moment of sharing how ALL OF GOD'S WORD is true and useful in life. All of Scripture is God-breathed and we can not shy away from Song of Solomon.


I was inspired by Josh McDowell, who was on Focus on the Family discussing how to talk to your kids about sex. He stressed to share with your kids how sex with your spouse, this big thing they are waiting for, is awesome! His adult kids shared with him they waited to have sex until marriage because they wanted what their dad had with their mother. His kids only knew what he had because he shared all the time about how much he enjoyed all aspects of his marital relationship.


Of course you're not sharing specifics about your sex life with your kids; the conversation I just had was only a few minutes with no specifics, but I repeat with words those feelings to them whenever the spirit leads me. Many parents think hugging and kissing sometimes in front of your kids sends the entire message.  Physical affection is ESSENTIAL, but you must share with words the rest of the story.

My son is 11 years old now, 12 in a month, and I know it is right for him to start really hearing these things, because soon he will hit puberty and his world will be driven by God-given sexual hormones.

When you have the "sex-talk", are you inadvertently teaching your kids that sex is only for procreation in your marriage? When they hit puberty they're going to realize that's not true, and some will feel ashamed for all of the new and confusing feelings they are experiencing.

When the time comes, my husband will be honest with our sons on how difficult it was for us to wait before marriage, how the hormones and love can drive you insane.  We will share this because we don't want our kids to feel like the temptations they are feeling are 1.) new to them 2.) shameful.

I want my kids to know how amazing it is that my husband and I still love each other the way Song of Solomon describes, even after 17 years together. I want them to know that because we didn't "test sex out" on a whole bunch of people before hand we were able to save all those feelings for each other.

One day I may have to also share with them my childhood sexual assault testimony, and their father can coach them how to love their wives well through insecurity, or worse case scenario, sexual trauma. I NEED them to know that I can feel SAFE sharing our bodies  because I have an unbreakable COVENANT with my husband.

Christians are remiss as parents, who are training up our children to be husbands and wives, to pretend like marriages can be healthy without a sex life.

I want my kids to know that God loves sex. Yep, He created it. Sex is beautiful and the best way to maintain a healthy marriage. Without sex, marriage doesn't work. Period. I am sorry if that offends you, but I have a lot or scripture to back me up.

If you are in a marriage right now that is hurting in this area, I beg you to seek professional help. If you are a sexual assault survivor, please know I am one too, and if you have sexual trauma, then this is an uber complicated issue, but I believe God has healing for you.

I have found healing from my abuse in many ways, but it is still a fight for healing of my mind in regards to my marriage bed.  Please ladies, seek healing because sex is beautiful.  When my marriage bed is healthy, I am a better mom and wife. I am a better church member and friend. Seeking healing in my marriage bed has been a life changing experience.

I ask all women to start praying Song of Solomon over your relationship. I know that as a woman those feelings don't always come naturally. I have many time in my life prayed that God would give me the feelings for my husband as a 35 year old that I had as a 18 year old.

I can't teach my kids about a healthy marriage unless I am practicing it, and I can't have a healthy marriage without prayer. With prayer, God enables a healthy sex life. You need the Holy Spirit to overcome insecurities, past baggage or abuse, and present miscommunication and issues.

Again, if you are struggling with past sexual trauma, please seek counseling so that you can find the healing God has for you. If there are extenuating circumstances, there is ZERO SHAME in bringing a counselor into the mix to help you again build a healthy sex life.

Then pray about the short appropriate ways to talk about the beauty of sex with your kids.  I also highly recommend Josh McDowell's book on Straight Talk with your Kids about Sex.

Good Luck Moms and Dads!  I am praying for you right now.


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