Friday, September 30, 2016

Five Minute Friday - Collect

I'm joining up at Five Minute Friday at Heading Home. Each week, she shares a prompt, and you write on that prompt for 5 minutes. This week's prompt is "Collect"

Here I go:

I used to collect things. When I was a preteen, I collected unicorn items. Everything in my bedroom seemed to have a unicorn on it.

As a college student and young adult, I started collecting angels. The angel was one of the symbols for my sorority - Pi Beta Phi.

Now that I'm a homeschooling mom of 5 not-so-small people, I guess you could say I collect books. There are books filling any possible shelf space in our house - textbooks, notebooks, fiction, nonfiction, juvenile, etc.

Some days/weeks/months, it feels like all I do is just collect books. Finding time to read them isn't always easy. I try to carve out a few minutes here and there throughout my week to actually read the books that I've been collecting.

Stop.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016

D.E.A.R. Monday - September 26

In this crazy busy season of soccer and cross country, I am still trying to find time to Drop Everything And Read.


Friday, September 23, 2016

Busy, Busy, Busy

We have entered what is probably the busiest season ever.

  • The Boy has already had 2 weekend long soccer tournaments and will start regular season games this weekend.
  • Soccer Girl has run in 6 cross country meets already and still has a TON left.
  • Little Red and Sassy have cross country meets every Saturday in October.
When you add of that to the practice schedule, it adds to one crazy, busy season.

But I wouldn't have it any other way.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Pray-ers / Book 1 Troubles Review

As I've shared before, Ballerina is a bit of a bookworm. My girl reads so much that she has read the same series over three times. This is why it makes me happy to find quality new books to read. It was such a blessing to be able to let her read The Pray-ers / Book 1 Troubles by Mark Mirza and published by CTM Publishing Atlanta to help me with this review.
The Pray-ers / Book 1 Troubles

Monday, September 12, 2016

D.E.A.R. Monday Update

I will be making the D.E.A.R. Monday posts every other week for a while. I'll see you next Monday when I'll share what I've been reading during my Drop Everything And Read time.

Friday, September 9, 2016

CHSH-Teach.com Download Club Review


I am always looking for resources to help supplement or even enrich our homeschool curriculum. So many times, though, I get overwhelmed just trying to figure out where to begin looking. I've now found that starting point! We've started using the resources available through the CHSH Download Club from CHSH-Teach.com.

Monday, September 5, 2016

D.E.A.R. Monday - September 5

I'm looking forward to the rest of today. We had a long run for cross country this morning, and I had hoped to get this posted before that but our internet was down.

Since we aren't doing any school work today because it's Labor Day, I have a good bit of time to Drop Everything And Read.


Thursday, September 1, 2016

Spiritual Circle Journal for Kids & Teens Review


It is important to me that my children spend time daily with God. Sometimes, though, that time is not as beneficial as it could be simply because they just don't know how to study their Bibles and pray. Ballerina has started to use the Spiritual Circle Journal for Kids & Teens from Spiritual Circle Journal as part of her daily Bible time.

Spiritual Circle Journal
For this review, we received the Spiritual Circle Journal for Kids & Teens, a 94-page, spiral-bound journal.

Spiritual Circle Journal

Three of the first few pages of the Spiritual Circle Journal for Kids & Teens include a guide for parents, teachers, homeschoolers, and ministry leaders explaining the concept and usage of the journal. I really appreciated this because then I could read through the guide and help explain the various aspects of how to use the journal to Ballerina before she got started. These pages encouraged me to share how God has led and guided me. They also gave some tips for how to make her time with God fun - providing a fun pencil pouch filled with pens, colored pencils, watercolor pencils, etc.; encouraging drawing and art journaling; having her make collages with magazine pictures or scrapbook paper.

The concept of keeping a journal isn't a new one, but keeping one to go along with daily time with God is a great idea for helping structure that time. It's really easy to sit down with a Bible, read a chapter or two, close it up, put it back on the shelf, and then wonder "What did I read?" The Spiritual Circle Journal for Kids & Teens helps to give that Bible reading time a focus so that Ballerina doesn't just remember what she's read, but she also can pull out theme, concept, Bible verse, etc.

Each of the journal pages contain nine illustrations to fill in. These cartoon-like images make completing the journal page more interesting. The illustrations include a thought bubble, music note, open book, heart, car, light bulb, back pack, pinned note, and a sneaker. The front of the journal contains a key to describe what each picture represents.

  • The thought bubble is a journal entry.
  • The music note is a place to write down a song lyric or Bible verse.
  • The open book is for recording important things learned during Bible reading, Sunday school lesson, or sermon.
  • The heart is for confessing since it's important to have your heart right when you are in your time with the Lord.
  • The car is to record where you've seen God moving in your life.
  • The light bulb is for recording life lessons or "lightbulb moments" in your life.
  • The back pack is to record prayer requests where you need God's help.
  • The pinned notes is for thanking and praising God. 
  • The sneaker is for anything that God is asking you to do.
I love that the images were so carefully chosen. Each one really symbolizes the aspect that Ballerina was to journal about there.

At the end of the journal are Summary Pages as well as instructions for how to use them. These are spaces to go back through the journal and then record the most important things God has taught during the use of the journal, the verses that have meant a lot, God stories (I like this because it's always good to look back at how God has moved in our lives), and Bible characters' strengths and weaknesses.

I really like the concept of the Spiritual Circle Journal. They also offer one for adults that is circles and not shapes for each page (hence the name "circle journal"). I think this would really help me focus during my own quiet time.

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