Successful Parenting ~ That Works!

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Successful Parenting That Works | As parents, we want to be appreciated, but what does successful parenting look like? Are your goals met? Do you have goals, and where do you see your child in five, ten, or even fifteen years down the road | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #SuccessfulParentingThatWorks #Episode522 #SuccessfulParentingSuccessful Parenting That Works ~ Episode 522

As parents, we want to be appreciated, but what does successful parenting look like? Are your goals met? Do you have goals, and where do you see your child in five, ten, or even fifteen years down the road? In this episode, we will look at some misconceptions about parenting and ways you can have a peaceful home.

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Have you ever felt that success or failure is typically in the eyes of the beholder? I certainly have, and the articles I’ve read often discuss the fact that we set our own standards. In other words, what you consider a success or a failure might not fit my definition. I’ve come to realize that without a plan, I will struggle and fail. Unfortunately, parenting does not come with a manual, although some would argue that the Bible is all the manual you need! But even Christians like me face challenges when it comes to parenting.

Parenting Little Ones:

Your kids aren’t little forever, and when I was expecting my first I read every parenting book I could get my hand on. There is a ton of advice now on blogs, video and everyone is an expert, just ask them. While I’m not saying I’m an expert, I’ve spent most of my adult life as a wife and mother. More than 43 years at this point with five children and nine grandchildren. When my grandkids come to Sunday family meals, they know what is expected. Sometimes it takes a gentle reminder, or I appeal to my daughter, their mother for help. When kids know what is expected it is so helpful!

One misconception about parenting is that there is one right way, and your neighbor is doing a better job than you or anyone else. Another misconception is that parenting is one size fits all—or, in some cases, most! We equate our success in parenting with how well our children listen or like the family rules (if you have them).

Parenting is not the same as friendship. Sure, you should have a relationship with your child, but parents who attempt to be “friends” with their children end up struggling with discipline.

I have felt successful with some of my children and a failure with others. I can list all the excuses, but that doesn’t help with a solution. This is regarding children who are now grown up. Parenting looks different when the children are younger.

No matter what your level of success or failure, one thing that is certain is there is always room for improvement and apologies when needed. It is okay to admit you were wrong; it isn’t easy, but it is necessary and can go a long way toward repairing damage in relationships.

Successful Parenting That Works for Elementary Age:

  1. You have family rules. These are fluid and may change, but your children know what is expected.
  2. You say what you mean and you do what you say. (Threatening and repeating parents rarely are happy with the outcome.)
  3. Your child knows there will be follow-through.
  4. You are encouraging and look for opportunities to praise and encourage.
  5. Punishments work.

Successful Parenting That Works Looks Like This: (Older Children/Teens and Young Adults)

  1. You and your child have mutual self-respect.
  2. You listen (and they listen). Discussion is allowed. There is open communication, you may not like what they have to say, but you will hear them out.
  3. Advice is considered and taken.
  4. Rules are mutually set, with the parents having more weight on the final outcome. (Especially for children who live at home or dependent children.)

There is, God willing always tomorrow for a “do-over” if you’ve had a very bad day. Children will test the limits of our patience and our rules and structure. However, if they know we will follow through the odds are in our favor that the outcome will be acceptable for all. I remember telling my teens that our home was a monarchy and I was the Queen. Yes, it may not have been my proudest moment, but I was struggling with the boundaries that they were pushing in full force! We did regroup, discuss and come to a compromise that was accepted by all.

My husband was never the disciplinarian, and I had to be okay with that, but I decided early in our marriage that I’d rather have well-behaved children than stress over who was the stricter parent. In the end, we did work together, and as long as we had discussions in private—not in front of the kids—when we disagreed with parenting, all was good.

I want to end with words for Christian parents. Many Bible verses are helpful, but first, it depends on your mindset.

Proverbs is a wonderful book filled with useful information, I especially like Proverbs 3:1-4 (Read on air).

As a Christian parent, I believe that God put our family together, giving me the spouse I needed and the children I needed, not necessarily for perfect happiness, although happiness can be found in family life, for the salvation of all. We, as a family, work to encourage each other toward the goal of eternal life, and it isn’t an accident. We are family. (Yes, salvation is through faith and Christ. However, those who are saved can go off the righteous path without nurturing whether adults or children.)

Keeping the commandments is more than just at home – 1 Kings 2:3 and keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his ordinances, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn.

There are many other verses that deal with discipline, but I think that going to prayer and praying for our children is one of the best things you can do! As a mom of adult children, I will tell you I pray for them every day, and I prayed for them when they were younger. Friends, don’t be disheartened! If you have pressing concerns or advice you’d like to share, leave it on the post, or join our Facebook Family page and share there as well!

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Astronomical Events ~ Total Solar Eclipse

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Astronomical Events and Homeschooling | Are you ready for an astronomical event, the total solar eclipse? Well, today (April 8, 2024) is the day if you are listening to this podcast in real time! It is a long-awaited event that has received a lot of press coverage. However, it is one among the many that happen in our skies | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #Episode521 #AstronomicalEventsandHomeschooling #AstronomicalEventsAstronomical Events and Homeschooling ~ Episode 521

Are you ready for an astronomical event, the total solar eclipse? Well, today (April 8, 2024) is the day if you are listening to this podcast in real time! It is a long-awaited event that has received a lot of press coverage. However, it is one among the many that happen in our skies.

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The go-to website for all things astronomical is the NASA website. The direct link to the total eclipse is here.

Here is a great poster for your homeschool about the different types of solar eclipses Earth and Space Science Exploring Solar Eclipses Educational Infographic -MediaAngels.com

In the many years of homeschooling, I found that real learning took place when the children were able to experience the events of the day. Whether the events took place before we went on a field trip or after we watched a documentary. Often, we would research first and then follow-up visits whenever possible. When we did a rock study, we coupled it with a family trip to the mountains. This took us to states that actually had good samples of rocks to collect. Florida, where we live, is great for visits to the beach, sedimentary studies, flora and fauna, birds (especially waterfowl), and swamp-type activities. We were card-carrying members of all of the local nature centers and visited the planetarium on a regular basis.

I took astronomy in college, and let me tell you, it was not an easy science unless you excelled in math. I thought I was decent, but back in the day our telescopes, while powerful, still had to be adjusted to keep the target in our viewer. I loved it but learned early on that I’d keep it a hobby. The kids had telescopes, and these were not the best; we found that a high-powered pair of binoculars worked best, and a very dark night sky.

As a homeschool parent, I always capitalized on “real-time” events with my family. Even if you are not in the direct path of the eclipse, there are so many activities you can do as a family. Here are some ideas that you can follow to get the most out of real-life learning.

  1. Call off your regular school activities and study the path of the total eclipse.
  2. If you are on the path, be sure to get safe eyewear so you can view the eclipse safely. Here is a list of safety guidelines: https://science.nasa.gov/eclipses/future-eclipses/eclipse-2024/safety/
  3. Have the children keep a journal of the event. Write down things that you learned about the eclipse and where it traveled, and have the children draw a map of its path. You can find this on the Nasa.gov website here – https://science.nasa.gov/eclipses/future-eclipses/eclipse-2024/
  4. Research other astronomical events coming this year and the next.
  5. Create a 3-D model for the younger children with the planets and the solar system.

Other Astronomical Events:

  1. The planets. Often the planets can be seen in the night sky. Set up a time monthly when you check your area to see what planets you can see with a high-powered set of binoculars.
  2. Upcoming launches and landings, the happening of our space program here.
  3. Be aware of pseudo-science. For example, when talking about comets, the “Oort Cloud” is often cited as an example, as the claims are that there are billions of comets within its realm. The problem is there is no evidence that the Oort cloud even exists! Here is a great article here 
  4. This is an older post about the eclipse – but there are some great activities for kids here.

Other Phenomenon – Astronomical Event of Warning?

Whenever there are astronomical events there are many who share things that might cause you to pause, such as religious chastisement and the like. Here is the thing: as a Christian, I believe that we need to look at every day as if it is our last and live life with God’s grace to the fullest. We need to err on the side of caution always, and be prepared, but do not allow gloom your peace to be disrupted by dire warnings. Recently I was presented with a video from a fairly trusted source on YouTube, and as I listened to this video it did seem that chastisement was imminent.

One of the reported “signs” of chastisement was that the path of the eclipse would go through 7 towns named Nineveh – if you know your Bible, Jonah the prophet was sent to Nineveh to warn them about impending doom if they did not repent. Everyone from the King on down did repent and turn back to God and their town was spared. However, the total eclipse will not go through 7 towns of Nineveh – but it will go through two, in Indiana and Ohio, if this blog/map is correct. See the link here.  

Here is another interactive map with the Nineveh listed.

The last eclipse and this one intersect to form a cross at some point near Missouri. We must always remember that God is merciful, slow to anger, and compassionate, (Jonah 4:2)

The main thing to remember is that we can use everything as a teaching moment for our children. I pray that you found this podcast informative! And please share it with a friend.

 

 

Best Year Ever – Total Solar Eclipse

Here is another podcast on the topic: Solar Eclipse here.

Solar Eclipse

 

Noah’s Flood ~ Fact or Fiction

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Noah's Ark ~ Fact or Fiction | Did the worldwide flood really happen, or is it a myth? | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #NoahsArk #TheFlood #TheArkandTheDarknessIs the flood, the Biblical version of Noah’s Flood, fact or fiction? In this episode, Felice Gerwitz interviews Dr. Daniel Biddle, president of Genesis Apologetics, to dig deeper.

Noah’s Ark & The Flood ~ Fact or Fiction

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Noah’s Flood is preserved in ancient writings from every major culture around the world. Recent discoveries confirm what the Bible has said all along. Sevenfold Films and Genesis Apologetics present: The Ark and the Darkness.

Noah’s Ark & The Flood ~ Fact or Fiction

Dan and I discuss the evidence pointing to the conclusion that The Flood, as depicted in Genesis, did happen. The fossil record is evidence enough, but compiled with what the Bible says, as well as recent finds (unfossilized dinosaur blood), have caused an uproar in the secular scientific community. Listen to the audio for the full interview.

Noah’s Ark  & the Flood Movie Depiction

Editor’s Note: I viewed the movie in theatres, and it is excellent. It is partially a documentary with some notable scientists and theologians. Compelling evidence is presented for a global flood, including many examples and fossilized records that further support creationist theory. The computer-generated reenactment is wonderful, and it is captivating for the middle school and up crowd. Dan Biddle was part of a panel of scientists and theologians at the end, and it was a great wrap-up to a good movie. A must-see.

Exciting News – Creation listen here.

Creation Mystery Series for Kids

Noah’s Flood ~ Fact or Fiction?

  • Why did you want to do this movie?
  • What personally convinced you about the historicity and timeline of the Flood?
  • Why do Christians today need to believe in the Flood?
  • What is the best evidence for the Flood?
  • Talk about dinosaurs and the Flood.
  • How can we know about the timeline in the Bible with regard to the Flood?

Bio: Daniel A. Biddle, Ph.D, is President of Genesis Apologetics, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to training youth pastors, parents, and students about Genesis, Creation, and the Flood. Daniel has authored/edited nine books and several articles on these topics produced two films on Genesis and apologetics (and is working on a third on Noah’s Flood, coming to theaters in 2024), produced 100+ training videos on the Genesis Apologetics YouTube channel (with 176,000 subscribers, more than 20 million views, and content translated into 13 languages).

Daniel has given hundreds of presentations to thousands of people on these topics. Daniel’s professional background includes undergraduate and graduate work in theology and apologetics, training as a behavioral scientist (Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology), and 20 years experience in expert witness consulting/testimony in state/federal cases involving scientific research methods, statistics, and psychometrics. Daniel and his wife Jenny live in Folsom, CA, and enjoy their four adult children.

Struggling with Teaching Math

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Struggling with Math | Does your child struggle with math? How do you engage your children in a way that will not only keep their attention but allow for real learning to take place? My special guests are Sarah-Anne Fernandes and Trevor Dixon | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #StrugglingwithMath #Sarah-Anne #FernandesandTrevorDixonStruggling with Math ~ Episode 519

Does your child struggle with math? How do you engage your children in a way that will not only keep their attention but allow for real learning to take place? My special guests are Sarah-Anne Fernandes and Trevor Dixon. Sarah-Anne is a leading UK Primary Maths Consultant who has worked with several schools across the UK to improve maths teaching and learning. Trevor Dixon is a Maths Assessment expert and has been part of the UK’s national assessment marking process for pupils aged 10 and 11 for a number of years. Special discount code provided.

The topics we covered:

1. Why is teaching math so difficult for parents?
2. How can you engage your child to have an interest in math?

Struggling Teaching Math – Try this:

1. Spiral curriculum approach with spaced repetition.
2. The ability for the student to review with spaced intervals so the learning is retained and fully mastered. This increases maths confidence develops students’ ability to tackle a wide range of problems, and ultimately boosts students’ grades.

SMASH Math (www.smashmaths.org) offers online math Practices for children aged 5-11.

The company was founded in 2020 by Sarah-Anne Fernandes and Trevor Dixon. Both Sarah-Anne and Trevor are qualified teachers in the UK with a specialism in Primary Mathematics. In the interview, I learned that both Sarah-Anne and Trevor are math specialists (or “maths,” as they say in the UK!) Sarah-Anne is a leading UK Primary Maths Consultant who has worked with schools across the UK to improve maths teaching and learning.
Trevor Dixon is a Maths Assessment expert who has been part of the UK’s national assessment marking process for pupils aged 10 and 11 for several years. Together, Sarah-Anne and Trevor have written a range of pupil study books, revision guides, and maths practice tests for a number of educational publishers. Which makes SMASH Maths

SMASH Maths provides 2 online math Practices every week for children.

Each Practice contains at least 10 bespoke questions, so that means 20+ questions a week. The program is available for pupils in Kindergarten to Grade 6. The cost is $7.50 per month.
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SMASH Maths provides:

  1. A set weekly Spiral Curriculum means that there is no need for parents to choose topics every week. We do all this for you, making sure children regularly cover the whole breadth of the maths curriculum every week.
  2. When the Practices are completed, a PDF report is automatically emailed to the parent. Parents also have an Analytics tool to monitor the progress of their child compared to their cohort.
  3. All of our questions have expert video feedback which explains exactly how to answer the question for maximum marks. It’s like having a teacher right beside you!
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Creation Anatomy

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Creation Anatomy | Teaching Creation Anatomy iis an amazing way to study God's handiwork. #podcast #homeschoolCreation Anatomy

Creation Anatomy is a study of looking at the body through a different set of lenses, lenses with a creationist perspective. Can you see God’s creation in the human body? The answer is yes!

God’s creation is good — studying anatomy with a Biblical perspective means starting in the book of Genesis.
God created man with a purpose we are His special creation!
We are the “body” of Christ!

In our book, Creation Anatomy: A Study Guide of the Body there is a chapter on the price of the human body.
However when you add up all the parts of the human body down to its chemical composition — God created us with an eternal soul and that means we are priceless!
Our body doesn’t only operate on an elemental level — it also functions on the molecular level and the most complex of all of our molecules in hemoglobin.
Any attempt to make man has failed. There is not a biochemical company that could put it all together and not enough money in the world to buy all the elements you need for our body.

That is an amazing testament to the awesome power of God.

Our body works in the most complex way.
We have different fluids
75-trillion cells
Our cells require oxygen, burns fuel, gets hot, needs to cool, performs work and gives off exhaust — “gas”

  1. Studying Creation Anatomy we delve into the miracle of the body:
  2. Oxygen reaches the destination which diffuses into the cell
  3. The same moment the blood carries exhaust gasses from the cell
  4. The exhaust gases are tissue cells in CO2
  5. C02 plus water equals carbonic acid
  6. And it must be neutralized instantly
  7. Naturalized red cells take it to the bloodstream
  8. Bloodstream combines with salt and plasma which equals sodium bicarbonate
  9. Harmless and carried to lungs
  10. Lungs are not equipped to exhale waste
  11. in the lungs — bicarbonate ions join with protons from hydrogen to form carbonic acid that breaks down to form carbon dioxide gas and water
  12. It passes through the capillary wall to the lungs to be exhausted
  13. Same instant red cells pick up another fresh load of oxygen and begin the journey again.

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Easter Faith-Filled Family Activities

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Easter faith filled family activitiesLet’s Talk About: Easter Faith-Filled Activities

Podcast #125

with your host, Felice Gerwitz

I like activities that teach and in this episode I will discuss some fun ways to teach deeper theological concepts to very small children, all while making memories that last a lifetime. Many links provided below from other blogs with printables!

Show Notes: Easter Faith-Filled Family Activities

1. The purpose of the days leading up to Easter

2. What are your goals?

3. What are some fun activities that are tried and true.

Activities:

a. Fasting – from something as a reminder of self-control from sin.

Make an Easter Garden visual parable

b. Cross and Paper plates

d. Easter Story Bag

e. Easter tree – medallions with “catch you being good”

f. Tie Dye Cross

g. Christ Centered Easter Activities

h. He is risen craft 

i. Random acts of kindness

 

Budget-minded activities

a. Scavenger hunt

b. printables

c. Resurrection nature walk

d. Make our own Resurrection eggs – Link Here  – preschool  Resurrection eggs Link Here

e. Visual Parable

f. Cross Fingerprint Art

 

Recipes To Make:

Resurrection Cookies

Easter Bread – with or without hard boiled eggs

Coloring Easter Eggs – teach “eggs” symbolize new life – new life in Christ!

Printables:

Resurrection Scavenger Hunt 

Lenten eBooks Here

Christ Centered Printables

He Is Risen – Two Printables

Make Words Out of Resurrection Here

He is Risen Puzzle

Empty Tomb Coloring Page

Christ Centered Easter Books

Easter ABC Fill-In

Lenten Count-Down Calendar

He’s Alive Flannel Set

Flannel Set Resurrection 

Resurrection Cards


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Educando en Casa Hijos de Varios Edades

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Katie les comparte sus tips, consejos y experiencias en educar en casa a varios edades. Katie tiene ahora mismo 3 hijos tomando clases y dos bebes. Escucha para saber como lo hace.Educando en el Hogar Radio

Educando en el Hogar Radio. Katie les comparte sus tips, consejos y experiencias en educar en casa a varios edades. Katie tiene ahora mismo 3 hijos tomando clases y dos bebes. Escucha para saber como lo hace.

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Thanks to our sponsor, Harper Collins Christian, and the Kingdom Girl’s Bible

Girls will discover the power of faith in this beautiful Bible that features women of the Bible. This is the ideal Bible for girls on their journey of faith! This special Bible is specifically crafted to highlight the stories and lessons of the inspiring, famous, and sometimes infamous women of the Bible. With over 400 engaging features, colorful illustrations, and helpful notes, this Bible is perfect for girls ages 8 to 12 as they learn about the strong and faithful women who came before them. Visit the website for more information.

Thanks to our sponsor, Harper Collins Christian, and the Kingdom Girl’s Bible

Girls will discover the power of faith in this beautiful Bible that features women of the Bible. This is the ideal Bible for girls on their journey of faith! This special Bible is specifically crafted to highlight the stories and lessons of the inspiring, famous, and sometimes infamous women of the Bible. With over 400 engaging features, colorful illustrations, and helpful notes, this Bible is perfect for girls ages 8 to 12 as they learn about the strong and faithful women who came before them. Visit the website for more information.

What Happened To The Dinosaurs

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What Happened To The Dinosaurs? | This podcast is for kids to learn about the dinosaurs. #podcast #creationscience #dinosaurs #homeschoolFor Kids! What Happened To The Dinosaurs? Episode 7

To understand a bit about what happened to the Dinosaurs, it is best to begin in Genesis. Understanding how man sinned shows us that the Garden of Eden a haven for Adam and Eve and all the animals became a world far from perfection.

Then along came Noah! He was a righteous man and he saved the animals at the time of The Flood. While some think the flood was only in specific areas of the world, this is not true! You can find more information about Flood Geology in the book Creation Geology a Study Guide to Fossils, Formations & The Flood. The Flood was worldwide, the podcast contains information about some of the ways we know this.

The Ark design was unique (Genesis 6:14-16) There was room for 2 of each animal, food and storage, Noah and his family. The ark design is one of the most stable of any boat. When God said He wanted Noah to take two of each kind, what does it mean? A “kind” is not a “species.” For example, a “dog kind,” includes dogs, wolves, coyotes, etc.

What Happened To The Dinosaurs?

Where are the dinosaurs? Dinosaurs were believed to be on the ark. Juvenile dinosaurs were onboard and the average size of the dinosaur was the size of a small chicken. So, for all those skeptics, yes – dinosaurs were on the ark!

When the rains stopped and the flood waters receded, 150 days later the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. The mountains became visible in the tenth month.

Before the Flood, the earth was warmer. It is believed there was more carbon dioxide in the air that made the plants and animals grow bigger (and people lived longer). There are many plants and animals found in the fossil record that did not survive the flood.

What Happened to the Dinosaurs? 

After the flood, many plants and animals died and the dinosaurs and other large creatures could not live in the reduced atmosphere or without some of the plants that did not survive, so they became extinct. Many plants and animals were buried rapidly which caused fossils. Fossils are often found in groups. The rocks showed the catastrophic deposits with large scale erosion into the newly deepened oceans. There was also a post-flood Ice Age.

Geologic formations formed and the rapid burial showed that many fossils found were not commonly found together in nature. The Fossils were only preserved when they are rapidly buried.


Thanks to our sponsor, Harper Collins Christian, and the Kingdom Girl’s Bible

Girls will discover the power of faith in this beautiful Bible that features women of the Bible. This is the ideal Bible for girls on their journey of faith! This special Bible is specifically crafted to highlight the stories and lessons of the inspiring, famous, and sometimes infamous women of the Bible. With over 400 engaging features, colorful illustrations, and helpful notes, this Bible is perfect for girls ages 8 to 12 as they learn about the strong and faithful women who came before them. Visit the website for more information.

American Family Values

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What Happened To Family Values? | What has happened to family values? Many families are struggling to find quality content for their children. Join Felice Gerwitz and Kirk Cameron for this special episode of Vintage Homeschool Moms. Kirk shares some wonderful resources available for the family | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #WhatHappenedToFamilyValues #FamilyValues #FeliceGerwitz #KirkCameronWhat Happened To Family Values? Episode 518

What has happened to family values? Many families are struggling to find quality content for their children. Join Felice Gerwitz and Kirk Cameron for this special episode of Vintage Homeschool Moms. Kirk shares some wonderful resources available for the family.

Thanks to our sponsor, Harper Collins Christian, and the Kingdom Girl’s Bible

Girls will discover the power of faith in this beautiful Bible that features women of the Bible. This is the ideal Bible for girls on their journey of faith! This special Bible is specifically crafted to highlight the stories and lessons of the inspiring, famous, and sometimes infamous women of the Bible. With over 400 engaging features, colorful illustrations, and helpful notes, this Bible is perfect for girls ages 8 to 12 as they learn about the strong and faithful women who came before them. Visit the website for more information.

Family Values

Have you wondered about American family values? Are you struggling to provide quality content for your family? Well, today’s guest is such a blessing and has useful information to share! Kirk is married to his wife, Chelsea, have been married for 31 years, have six children, and host an all-expenses-paid summer camp for terminally ill children and their families called Camp Firefly.

Kirk Cameron has made a big impact on our society through films like Fireproof, The Homeschool Awakening, and Lifemark. Kirk linked arms with BRAVE Books in December of 2022 and has been working for the Kingdom, sharing his faith and emphasizing our freedoms across the country. In 2023, he launched the See You at the Library campaign, and he announced his most recent endeavor as a spokesperson for SkyTree Book Fairs, a non-profit whose mission is to get more age-appropriate, wholesome books into schools. His passion for bringing traditional biblical and American values back to public spaces is contagious and reviving hope for families everywhere.

Family values begin in the home. This is something we know, yet what we may not realize is that even our public libraries and trusted children’s booksellers are doing everything they can to sabotage parental efforts. In this episode, Kirk shares how he came up against opposition in the See You at the Library campaign. Fifty libraries across the USA kept him from coming, basically boycotting his message. His message contained the fruit of the spirit values! Who could be against that? As parents, we need to know what is happening in our public libraries.

I shared a situation that happened to me at an airport that questioned my rights not only to vote but to voice her opinion. The blog post I discussed on air can be found on my website here. Blog Post – “This Is What Democracy Looks Like.” 

We should stand up for what we believe with love, kindness, and compassion, and not with anger. When I asked Kirk how we can be told what to believe and not to believe – he said we should not allow people to dictate our beliefs. So, powerful (more on air).

Kirk shares how important this time is for Christian families to stand up for what is important, as well as ways we can equip our families with wholesome books. He also shares how we can not allow the enemy victory. Most encouraging is his stance and call to all of us. He states we have been created for a time like this and that we should embrace our call and use our gifts as we are able.

We briefly discuss how Kirk was not always a Christian but how Jesus found him in Hollywood. He explains how a pastor once told him that he didn’t find Jesus because Jesus wasn’t lost. He continues to fight for access to good content through SkyTree Book Fairs, coming to a town near you. For more information about Kirk Cameron and Brave Books or Sky Tree Bookfairs, see the links below.

Links:

CLT Standardized Test (Replay)

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CLT Standardized TestCLT Standardized Test ~~ Lookout SAT/ACT-New Test in Town

The CLT Standardized Test is a new test that is taking on the SAT and ACT Tests. CLT stands for Classic Learning Test. A Harvard graduate wrote the test, standardized – get results right away. They will know the comparison of the other tests. Dave Wagner and Jeremy Tate

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Show Notes: CLT Standardized Test

What is the CLT?

  1. CLT – Classic Learning Test
  2. Been around a couple of years
  3. Jeremy Tate the co-founder of the CLT
  4. The new standard, deals with the complaints of the SAT and ACT – the values of Western Civilization
  5. Offered 5 x a year, a modern testing format, the student bring their laptop or tablet, they would get their scores immediately
  6. Very similar to SAT and ACT
  7. Overall goal is to have a better test and a better standard. CS Lewis passages or Charles Dickens
  8. They are accepted in 100 colleges
  1. What sections are on the test?
    1. Same as SAT and ACT – similar in how
    2. Verbal Reasoning 40
    3. Grammar 40
    4. Quantitative Reasoning 40
    5. The most you can get on the 120 and there is a conversion ; the highest score is a 117
    6. com
    7. Average ACT is 21 — Average SAT 1060 — Average CLT is 65
    8. Practice tests online
    9. Student guide as baseline score
    10. 2 Hours long without an essay
    11. You can take it unlimited times
  2. What is the format?
    1. Based on 120 minutes or 2-hour time limits
    2. 40 on reading 45 on grammar and 45 on math section
    3. Students will have their device, the timer goes off, and then you move on to the next section…
    4. Given about a minute per question and less than a minute
    5. Gives a predictability of the student’s college readiness
    6. com
    7. You can become a format
    8. Parents can proctor it for you
  3. What are the differences from the SAT/ACT
    1. Contemporary literature content is one of the big differences, western thought and tradition
    2. Based on thought provoking changes
    3. Analogies on the CLT that use to be on the SAT that are no longer on the test
    4. No essay
  4. What colleges accept the CLT?
    1. Reach out to the college
    2. Listed on the website
    3. About 100 colleges take this test
    4. Liberty, Bryan, etc.
  5. Does it have a PSAT equivalent contest?
    1. They have a CLT – 10 offered for a similar contest like the PSAT
    2. It is free, you can take the CLT and taken at the home, proctored by the parent
    3. Honor system
    4. Partnered NAS – National Association Scolars
    5. 108 or above on CLT – SAT 1480 and a 32 on ACT
    6. Take it 10th grade in April of 10th grade and gives
  6. What good news do you have about the CLT and College Prep Genius?
    1. Partnering with College Prep Genius, and the only program they recommend.
    2. Jean gets inside information
    3. Jean is working on a solutions guide
    4. Retired CLT test so that Jean can create a class for this test
    5. Very similar strategies SAT and ACT
  7. What is College Prep Genius doing with CLT?
    1. Students can purchase their student guide and solution guide to strategize how they can do better
    2. A module will be created by College Prep Genius
    3. Being on the ground floor
    4. com – only recommends Jean Burk, College Prep Genius
  8. What special code can you give to students?
    1. com – practice test – CPG18
      1. Contest for Apple watch!
      2. Cut the tuition down to $25 for the test

 

Professor at Weaton gave a great review of this test. CLT is growing strongly.