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The Purim Story: For Such a Time as This

Purim 2015 begins in the evening of Wednesday, March 4. The story starts with a beauty contest in which Esther is chosen to be the new queen. And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, ... Read More »

Purim: 8 Esther Videos from Zola Levitt Presents

This year Purim begins in the evening of Wednesday, March 23, 2016. “Esther,” an eight-part series by Zola Levitt Presents. Esther #1: Beautiful Inside and Out Does God use women? Yes, He does! We begin by considering Esther’s rise and wicked Queen Vashti’s demise, and note how God elevates individuals to places of influence—then as now. Esther #2: Chosen for ... Read More »

Free Printable Stickers & St Patrick Unit Study & Video

Christian Books and Bibles Knowledge Quest is offering a free 5-day unit study on St. Patrick. You can spread this out by doing two lessons each week or you can take the week off from some of your traditional textbooks and dig right into the life of Saint Patrick. Kidnapped, Confused, Enslaved… Together with your children, learn the intriguing story of ... Read More »

The Ultimate List of Best 30 Free Educational Video Sites

Bookmark this site—you’ll want to come back. We appreciate a pin on Pinterest, Stumble or Facebook. Thank you! When I began homeschooling (29 years ago) I purchased a few VHS videos by National Geographic to add to my resources. That was about all that was available. Now there is a plethora of educational videos available online FREE! Below is an alphabetical list to ... Read More »

Organize Your Homeschool with Free Trello Lists

I am a list maker so I fell in love with Trello,  a free collaboration tool that organizes your project lists into boards. In one glance, Trello tells you what’s being worked on, who’s working on what, and where something is in a process. I use Trello to organize my work, hobbies, menu plans, and home life. Trello’s user interface features a ... Read More »

Drive Thru History DVDs Review

Drive Thru History is a series that makes exploring the history of Western Civilization meaningful and totally entertaining at the same time. My kids roll around the floor laughing at the outtakes and bloopers. David Stotts, a Christian, has spent the last 14 years in professional video and media production. His career in documentary production has taken him to 27 countries ... Read More »

Homeschool with Movies: Ancient History

I created a list of Ancient History movies and documentaries on Pinterest. I have not seen them all. Check review for suitability. Most are available free on Youtube, Amazon Prime, Hulu, or Netflix. Please pin and share on Facebook Want more movies by theme? Let m know in the comments. Follow Robin Sampson’s board Homeschool with Movies: Ancient History on Pinterest. Read More »

Teaching with Movies: Middle Ages

I created a Pinterest board list of movies about the Middle Ages.   Many of the videos are free online. Please read the disclaimer first. Remember not all movies are historically accurate. The ones that are historically accurate are noted so. The BBC did a good documentary series which is listed close to the top of the Pinterest board. Check it out. ... Read More »

Alternative to Rubbish TV

We live in an age where our children are swimming in sewage when they watch TV. Dove is an alternative for only $4.99 a month! Dove Channel provides a safe walled-garden with hundreds of movies and TV Series that reflect the time-honored standards of The Dove Foundation , known for its trusted Faith & Family Dove Seals of Approval. This ... Read More »

Free Old Testament Survey Videos

Did you know that the Old Testament is 77% of the Bible? You can get a great overview of the Old Testament by watching these twelve videos by Tom Bradford. The Torah Class Old Testament Survey is a horizon to horizon view of the Bible that begins with Abraham and ends with modern day Israel. This survey is fast moving and interesting, but in-depth ... Read More »

Bible Journaling in my Planner Boxes

I’ve been experimenting with different Bible study methods with my Happy Planner. I absolutely LOVE  recording my study in boxes. It’s how I learn and teach. I have been making slide show presentations for 30 years. No wonder I gravitate toward bullet list and summaries in boxes!  Click on the image to see a larger view. There are so many different ... Read More »

Disgrace or God’s Grace?

“What used to make us stumble, God can use to make us stand. What once made us bow our heads in shame, He can use for His glory.” ~ Joanna Weaver~ Having a Mary Spirit I bow my head in shame to think of the number of times I have stumbled or fallen. Each time was a direct result of ... Read More »

Bible Journal Project Challenge

Are you ready for a Bible Journal Project Challenge? Join our Facebook group  Lots of Freebies. I’ve been experimenting with different Bible study methods with my Happy Planner. I absolutely LOVE  recording my study in boxes. It’s how I learn and teach. I have been making slide show presentations for 30 years. No wonder I gravitate toward bullet list and summaries ... Read More »

Most Popular Post

Did you miss any popular post? Here is a list by category for a quick year in review. Top Posts An Unplanned Delight-Directed Homeschool Day Are You Prepared for Self Control? (Have You Ever Had One of Those Days?) Did You Lose it With Your Children Again?  We Can Rejoice in Weakness  Classical Education?? An Easy Way to Make Homeschool ... Read More »

Hanukkah Message from LoveIsrael.org

LoveIsrael.org will be broadcasting a special Hanukkah message December 6th-13th, 2015 on The Church Channel (TCC). I will post here too as available. This broadcast can be seen on The Church Channel (TCC) which is available on Dish Network channel 258, DirecTV channel 371 and on many cable outlets on Wednesday, December 9 at 8:30 pm Eastern, 7:30 pm Central, 6:30 ... Read More »

Taking Every Thought Captive

How do you think good and praiseworthy things in the midst of turmoil, when you have been wronged, when life is overwhelming, when the dog has an accident on your rug, when there isn't enough time in the day to get everything done and your mother-in-law drops in unannounced with housekeeping advice? Read More »

Spiritual Mountain Climbing

We are all in a process or transforming. The  process includes spiritual, emotional, mental and physical (taking care of Gods temple),  The Bible is a map to the path up the mountain. In mountain climbing the terrain becomes steeper and steeper, but with each level there is greater vision. I’ve been Bible Journaling for a few months now. It has been an ... Read More »

The Secret Weapon Against Terrorism

I watched television with the rest of the world as the  Paris tragedy unfolded on Friday evening though Saturday. My mother called me and remarked how ISIS did what they set out to do, terrorized us. Use Your Sword Against Terror! I admit I was terrorized by all the violance and grief until I grabbed my Bible and plunged into God’s comfort. Hiding ... Read More »

Keepin’ It Real: Falling Behind in Homeschooling

  It’s the thing that no one likes to talk about, the dirty little secret that plagues a good number of us homeschoolers.  We don’t dare say it out loud to the “You’re Not Qualified to Teach” crowd, in fact you’ve been avoiding those people for some time now. I am talking about getting behind.  I’m talking about that time ... Read More »

Walking in the Light

Late one night, our goats got out of the barn. I was a wakened by their barking protectors, our Great Pyrenees dogs. I ventured out into the darkness. in my PJs. I found the four animals behind the barn (very dark behind the barn) and started the roundup. I did not see a three foot steel corner part of a fence. I fell into and over it and proceeded to roll. My accident occurred becasue I was walking in the dark. If I was walking in the light, I would have seen the obstacle and avoided it, the pain, and aggravation that followed. Read More »

Fruit Comes After the Storm

How do you respond to life’s trials? Do you feel sorry for yourself and get depressed? Do you cast blame and grow bitter and angry? Or do you turn to our Father and ask, “What is Your purpose in this?” Our responses to difficulties are powerful lessons not written on a blackboard. Our students are watching and learning; where do ... Read More »

Thanksgiving Links for Educators

The REAL Story of Thanksgiving (MP3)– Rush Limbaugh reads and adds to the story history books leave out. Thanksgiving Clip Art – Teachers Pay Teachers The Thanksgiving Story The story of the first Thanksgiving in America with Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians. Includes Bible verses. Thanksgiving Crafts for Children – Hundreds of  fun DIY crafts on Pinterest Thanksgiving Memory Verses and Copywork Bible memory verses about ... Read More »

The Impact of a Godly Parent

Charles Stanley’s powerful sermon this week is a must-see. Pastor’s Stanley’s stories of his godly mother and grandmother (with slide show of his family and home) will motivate and encourage you. View by clicking on the video or go here for more video options. Stanley’s  mother was NOT perfect; she was a humble yet wise mother. She was not educated, ... Read More »

Was the First Thanksgiving a Feast of Tabernacles?

The Feast of Tabernacles is a week-long autumn harvest festival. This year the Feast of Tabernacles/Sukkot begins at sundown on October 8, 2014. The Feast of Tabernacles was the final and most important holiday of the year. The importance of this festival is indicated by the statement, “This is to be a lasting ordinance.” The divine pronouncement, “I am the LORD your God,” concludes ... Read More »

How Do You Do It All? & Free Printable

Homeschool moms juggle so many tasks and responsibilities every day, effective time management is absolutely critical. Below I give you what works for me. Warning: I had to have open heart surgery at age 51, so think twice before taking any of my advice. Read More »

Trials are Lessons / Bible Journaling

I went through a very painful, gut-wrenching trial. I was broken. I was weak and close to developing serious bitterness so I asked several friends to pray. Within the next 24 hours, I felt the answered prayers. I felt peace of God and gained the ability to pray lovingly for those that hurt me. I knew it was God, I was much too weak to come up with any love or forgiveness on my own. Read More »

Replacement Theology is Anti-Semitism

The question of the role of the Jewish people in the end times is a hot topic between denominations. Replacement Theology teaches that the Church has replaced the Jewish people and is now the "new Israel." Those promoting this theory believe God rejected the Jewish people because of their rejection of Christ. This doctrine is embedded in many Christian denominations. Read More »

The Battle of Good and Evil

There are two trees in the Garden of Eden—the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and the Tree of Life. When Adam and Eve ate from the poisoned tree they infected mankind. Before eating they did not even realize they were naked—their focus was on God. The knowledge of good and evil distracts us from the One who is ... Read More »

Homeschool? What about Socialization?!

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 »

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