The Power of Unstoppable Faith

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Nick Vujicic is a remarkable man. I was drawn to him at first because of his physical disability; he was born with no arms and no legs. But, what makes Nick even more remarkable is his wonderful outlook on life and his powerful message of faith in God. In his latest quick-read book, The Power of Unstoppable Faith: Your Keys to a Fulfilled Life, Nick tells his story of wanting to give up because he felt his life had no purpose, but with the Lord’s help, he found it.

He puts forth a challenge to the reader by saying. “You and I were put on this earth to serve something greater than our narrow interests. When our focus becomes self-centered, we lose our greatest source of power. Our God-given talents are meant to benefit others.  When we use them for that greater purpose, we put faith into action to fulfill His plans for us. We make a difference in this word that helps prepare us for the next.” Nick’s encouragement is needed today in an age where the need is great and we can help bring hope by serving others, thus finding fulfillment.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review and wasn’t required to give a positive review, but I loved Nick’s encouraging words and highly recommend it. :)

If you have never heard of Nick or seen his videos, I’d recommend you watch them. I show one of his videos to my junior high class because his words of loving yourself and others is life-giving and powerful.

Family Fun Night Ideas

A_Family_Playing_a_Board_Game_and_Eating_Popcorn_Royalty_Free_Clipart_Picture_100221-120804-577053With the evenings growing longer and the children being cooped up in the house, Family Fun evenings are a welcome idea. How about trying one of these?

  • Twister  When is the last time you played Twister? Your kids will love watching you look like a pretzel!
  • Bingo make up your own Bingo cards and use math problems, history facts, trivia questions, etc., to cover the board.
  • Popcorn and a movie  Pick a movie you haven’t watched in a while or rent a movie your family didn’t get to see at the theater.
  • Board Games or Card Games can be fun. Some oldies but goodies are Sorry, Trouble, Outburst, Charades, Go Fish, Crazy Eights, Euchre, Rook or Pit.
  • Start a wild tale and let the next person add to it. Ideas can be to talk about a vacation or an adventure your family would go on together, or an exotic pet you brought home to live with you.
  • Telephone If you have never played the game before, your kids will love it! Whisper a rather long sentence in the person’s ear next to you and do not repeat it. Go around the room until everyone has had the person next to them whisper what they thought they heard. The last person who receives the message and is to the right of the person who said the sentence originally says it out loud to the group. I bet it won’t be the same sentence that was told the first time!

Have fun and be sure to take pictures to capture your wonderful evening together!

~Lisa

 

 

Fire Safety Month

Unknown October is Fire Safety Month and there are many websites that provide printable and online activities for your students. This might be one may of those topics that you just can’t seem to get to throughout the year, but  it is a required subject for us who homeschool here in Ohio. I have a list of websites that have games, coloring sheets, and activities for your students.

Websites

Fire Safety Lapbook If your children like to create lapbooks, then this lapbook has all the important ideas you want to cover with them concerning fire safety. There are also some books that you can read to your children about Stop, Drop, and Roll and campfire safety.

Ohio Division of Forestry has coloring and activity pages as well as lesson plans for teachers that pertain to wildfires. There is even a certificate for your child when s/he has completed the lessons.

National Fire Prevention Association  The NFPA has online videos, ebooks, and a phone app to help students learn about fire safety.

What about taking your children on a tour of your local firehouse? The firemen are happy to have visitors, just call to see when you can come for a visit. This would be a good introduction to your young ones so they won’t be scared if they see a fireman with his oxygen mask and helmet on since the firemen take the time to let the children see them put on their coats and masks.

Remember to change your smoke detector batteries and practice fire escape routes at your house. Above all, be prepared and safety conscious. :)

Dr. Who

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I have been a fan of Dr. Who since before it became popular here in the United States. The doctor is an outer space fallible protector of the human race, and a detective as well. What makes him so popular is his quirky personality and genuine care for us humans as he rescues Great Britain (and the Earth) from alien space enemies.

Silhouette, the first book of this new series, pits Doctor Who and his earthly companions against a wealthy businessman who preys upon circus performers and the audience. How exactly was a man who had attended the Carnival of Curiosities murdered when the door and windows were locked? What was he trying to say when the name of one of the doctor’s companions was being written on a piece of paper by the dead man? What does this have to do with the doctor?

I enjoyed this book immensely and look forward to reading more Dr. Who books in the future. Mr. Richards story was fun and intriguing, the very things I love about Dr. Who. If you have a senior high student that enjoys mysteries they will want to read this book.

About the author: Justin Richards has written for stage and screen as well as writing novels and graphic novels. He has also co-written several action thrillers for older children with the acknowledged master of the genre Jack Higgins. Justin acts as Creative Consultant to BBC Books’ range of Doctor Who titles, as well as writing quite a few himself. Married with two children (both boys), Justin lives and works in Warwick, within sight of one of Britain’s best-preserved castles. 

The FTC requires that I let you know that I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

 

 

Dyslexia and Handwriting

With cursive writing being dropped from some of the public schools’ curriculum and teachers using it in the classroom less and less, I have been asked by homeschool moms what I think about continuing to teach cursive. I feel it is important, but I wanted to give more information to moms in order to help make an informed decision for handwriting instruction.  I have discovered that cursive is helpful to all students, but particularly dyslexic students. The School of Dyslexia, a blog for educators of dyslexic students, had a great article about this topic.

“Research shows that cursive improves dynamic interplay in the brain, improves fine motor skills, and can help improve the memory of the written concept.The research points to cursive writing engaging massive regions of the brain involving thinking, while typing or block printing keeps the generation of letters separate and less connective thought is involved.  When we are cursive writing, we are making connections from the right side and the left side of the brain; this helps build neural pathways and can increase mental effectiveness.  The brain is plastic, by which I mean it can change depending on how we train it, and cursive writing can help make the right and left-brain connections stronger.

As a school that teaches primarily to dyslexics, we often have students with fine motor challenges.  We often have students that have challenges with doing up buttons, tying shoes, these sorts of tasks.  Cursive writing naturally develops sensory skills, as the student understands angles, pencil position, and mostly motor planning to form each letter in a fluid motion from left to right.
Finally, memory can be greatly affected by the use of cursive.  As letters are connected to form words, more attention is given to the entire word, and by extension the entire thought.  It is easier for students, especially dyslexic and ADD students to think about what they are writing without losing their focus.  The continued attention and fluidity in writing often results in more long-term memory of the concepts.”

source: Derek Rhodenizer,Vice Principal, Heritage Academy 
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada  from a post on School of Dyslexia

Here are some websites that have handwriting worksheets for you to customize:

Handwriting Worksheets

Worksheet Works