Thursday, February 26, 2009

Bible copying and the spring conference!

We have really appreciated the MINISTRY of Steve and Teri Maxwell over the years. They have been offering true discipleship to thousands of Christian parents, and have been an encouragement to us countless times. They offer monthly articles in your email box for mothers and fathers, Dads' and Moms' Corners.

Just found this really neat one by Teri on the subject of Bible copying! It is actually part of a series where she shares many helpful ideas their family has discovered in the area of Bible memorizing and copying and applying. There is a list of available articles on their site here.

We have signed up share some things the Lord is teaching us at the spring homeschool conference here in Wisconsin. We have been so blessed in the past at many conferences, but the anticipation occasionally leaves us feeling kind of overwhelmed.

Dave and Debbie -
Don't Shoot Yourself in the Foot!

As surely as there are ways we can bolster our family through homeschooling, there are ways we can undermine it as well. Dave and Debbie, homeschooling parents for 16 years, will share what they have learned and observed. They will also share things they are trying to put into practice and things they are trying to snuff out!

Dave - Seek Ye First Homeschooling.

The goal of this presentation is making God's Word not only the foundation of our children's education, but the focus. We will look at some of the ways we can keep God's kingdom and his righteousness at the forefront of our children's education.

Dave - College Considerations for Christians

Is college the best way to prepare our children to serve the least, the last and the lost? How should our goals as Christians affect our decision for college? Can the way in which God chose to turn humble fishermen into the leaders of his church be applied to our children's preparation for life?

Debbie - Don't Quit!

For mothers. Does the Lord intend there to be more to homeschooling than homeschooling? We will discuss God's promises to us as a basis for encouraging ourselves and others in our calling as homeschooling moms.

Debbie - Ways with Words

Debbie will share how her family has developed a somewhat language-artsy lifestyle, enabling the children to learn, use and even minister through writing. This is kind of a show and tell format, covering what the Kleins have used for pre-readers and up.

Dave - Avoiding "Angry Monkey Syndrome"

What do a bunch of high-strung monkeys, and homeschooling have in common? Dave Klein will explain how a piece of programming lore offers a valuable lesson for us as Christian homeschoolers. We'll be reminded as homeschoolers, parents and Christians to look beyond the scope and sequence charts of the educational experts and examine why we do what we do. Dads are encouraged to attend.

Debbie - Reforming "Feminist" Homeschool Moms.

For moms. For many Christian parents, homeschooling is simply a return to God's intention for raising children. However, the tendency for mom-dominance in homeschooling is powerful and undermines a return to biblical roles in marriage. "Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands." Pr. 14:1

and our children will be working on these for children's sessions...

Mt. St. Helens: A Big Bang for Creation Part 1 and 2

The eruptions of Mt. St Helens in
Washington state have given rock-solid proof that geological formations such as rock layers, canyons and petrified forests do not take millions of years to form. With amazing before and after photos, you will see with your own eyes a mini-laboratory studying the potential effects of a much greater catastrophe: the worldwide flood of Noah. (We are greatly indebted to the ministry of our dear friends, Lloyd and Doris Anderson, of the Mount St Helens
7Wonders Creation Museum / Bookstore.)

Singing in Spanish.

These original, C
hristian songs will help children with memorizing vocabulary and verb tenses.

How to build a missionary!

Looking at the lives of people God greatly used in the past, we will see some of the building blocks God used to make them so useful.

So, we will spend the next couple of months doing a lot of preparing for this and some other exciting projects!

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