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Fun Summer Project: Write A Book

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Why write? It is fun, and what better fun summer project than to write a book.Fun Summer Project: Write a Book – Episode 432

Why write? It is fun, and what better fun summer project than to write a book. For some children, this may be just what they need to get their creative juices flowing and for others, it may be better to begin with baby steps. This is a just for kid’s episode but parents are always invited, so get your kids and let’s begin!

Did you know storytelling is something that people did long ago for entertainment? Now we have television, video, and streaming apps, but long ago the way that people enjoyed themselves was to tell stories of real events or to exaggerate things that happened to make them more exciting.

Tips to Write a Book

For example, instead of saying… I was walking down a path, and I got to the end, and I turned right. After that, I kept going until I got home. Boring right?

Well, someone might tell the story like this. As I was walking down a path I thought I heard something rustling in the bushes, in fact, the noise got closer and closer, so I hurried along trying not to make it obvious that I was afraid and really, really scared. There are often lions in the woods and I knew that it was close to their feeding time, and if I didn’t hurry I might be some lucky lion’s dinner. As I walked I looked back, and the rustling was still following me and it was getting faster.

So, I picked up my speed. And, yes – you guessed it the thing – whatever it was in the bushes was also picking up speed as well. I saw my house ahead and I ran as fast as I could as if my life depends on it. Because it did. As I opened the door and threw myself in, I heard a roar and a whoosh of air right behind me. Then a horrible scratching at my door. I looked out of my front window and there is was an angry, pacing lion who had just lost its tasty dinner. Me.

Which story would you want to read? The first one or the second one? I agree the second one sounds more exciting and both say the same thing just in different ways.

Writing Fiction

Fiction is very close in some ways to true events and if you can think of something that has happened to you, you may be able to turn it into a short story that people will enjoy. Because that is what storytelling is, it is a way to entertain or bring enjoyment to another person. And, who doesn’t want to make someone else happy?

I wrote three novels with my daughter and that is called being a co-author. We wrote different parts of a story and put the parts together. I wrote some scientific facts in the book and she wrote the fun, action-adventure, mystery part. We worked on it together and it was a wonderful experience. You can find the books on my website at MediaAngels.com and they are the Truth Seekers Mystery series.

How did we come up with this idea? I wanted novels that taught good information and my daughter wanted to write an action novel with kids that actually did something that wasn’t dumb. For example, if there is a noise in the basement no one is dumb enough to go down the dark stairs alone to check it out like in all the books where they get caught. I have a podcast where I interviewed my daughter and you can get more of an idea, here.

So – back to writing.

Let’s say you always wanted to write a book and just didn’t know how to begin. One of the best ways to begin is through brainstorming. If you can brainstorm an idea, it helps to work out the angle you want to take. My daughter and I did this with the Truth Seekers Mystery Series TM. So you can begin with a marker board or a large sheet of paper. You can draw a diagram, and start with a circle in the middle and write the word, story… then draw spokes around your primary topic or goal.  And add to these, it can have characters (and spokes off of that circle to name your main characters), or it can have a setting, or a theme, or problem that must be solved.

Most books have a specific theme or another word for it is TrOps… look up the word tropes – which is pronounced trOp – the o is long. This is an overused or cliché … this may give you something to start with. For example, think typical kid mysteries, or time travel, finding treasure, you know things that most books or movies are about.

You keep drawing these spokes and circles until you run out of ideas. This is also called mind mapping and you can look that up as well.

What if you don’t think you can write a long story? Well, start small.

Here are some quick tips:

  1. Start with a short story
  2. What is the problem? If there is no problem to overcome there is no story.
  3. Write one chapter at a time – and before you do – write a few sentences about what the chapter is about.
  4. Know your character. What is it about your character that makes him/her lovable or not likable? What is going to be different or change in the character? Will the character be stronger, or happier? Will the character learn something or be better for the trial they experienced?
  5. Keep the story moving… add a lion or two (remember the story I told you about walking home with the lion in the background?) I kept you in suspense not telling you what was rustling in the woods. Authors or good storytellers do this to keep the reader engaged – you want to know what is going to happen next OR you put down the book.

For more practice one thing you can do is retell a favorite story – you can change something in the story. For example, if the character is a boy make it a girl. If it is set in a mountain town make it a beach town. If they are finding buried treasure, change it to a valuable artifact – something that may be washed up on the seashore after a storm. So, the book is similar to the book you like but you change everything you can… the character’s names, and more to make it your own story. That is one way to start writing if you don’t know how.

Storytelling is all about the “what if” questions. What happens if the lion is faster than the person running away, what if the person had a bow and arrow, what the kid’s best friend or little brother was outside playing when the kid came running home chased by a lion?

Another way to jump-start ideas is to use open-ended stories or story starters … you can start reading a book and then put it down and write the rest of the story yourself. Don’t peak! After you are finished you can read the book and see how yours is better or how you can improve upon your idea.

You can do what I did with the first novels I wrote and that is to write with a partner. It is important if you do that one of you at least can take criticism. Because we were going to publish our books and they were going to be in catalogs and online stores, I gave the book to over 40 families to read and got feedback from the people reading the book to see what they liked or did not like.

Then we changed our books to include the good ideas that people gave us. Some people do not like feedback or their feelings get hurt. Like an artist or anyone who puts their work or ideas out there – if you like it, and your family likes it? Well, that is all that matters. If you want ot look up the Missing Link Found on Amazon, you can read some of the comments that people have made on the book. As you can see there are good and bad. Another book I wrote, A Few Minutes with God also got good and bad reviews. But, you know what? It is okay. Some people do not like to share their work with others because of fear of what someone might say. I am not like that or I would not have over 20 different books published.

You can use software like Google docs if you have a Gmail account. You can share this with a parent or they can set it up for you.

Use Google docs – allows parents and children to access the document if permissions are set correctly at the same time, OR use a word document and allow tracking for corrections and comments when you edit.

So, what are you going to write? Is it a mystery? A nature story? Is it a discovery? Did your character discover a lost island, or what about a bug? I have a friend who did discover a specific type of bug. Maybe you are writing about a tropical rain forest, or a vacation on the coast, and a big storm comes in and you find something exciting (or someone exciting) that is washed up on the shoreline. Imaginations can begin working if you give it some ideas to start with…

I wrote a book on writing and publishing for adults, but it is valuable if you ever want to publish your book, it is called Information in a Nutshell Writing and Publishing, and tells you more about the keys to writing. Another book on how to write fiction is by a good friend of mine, Susan Marlow, and it is called Reach For the Stars and is available with my eBook bundle on the MediaAngels.com website and if you want the print version, Susan sells it on her website. This book walks you through step by step guide on how to write fiction.

If you have any questions stop by this post and I’ll be happy to answer them.

Organization Hacks For The Busy Mom

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Organization Hacks For The Busy Mom | In Five Minutes or Less Ready for some organization hacks that can save you hours of time in just five minutes? In this podcast, Felice Gerwitz will share a proven method for reclaiming your time. The podcast may run a little longer than five minutes, but the time you'll save is worth it | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #NoahsArk #TheFlood #TheArkandTheDarkness #OrganizationHacksForTheBusyMom #OrganizationHacks #BusyMomOrganization Hacks For The Busy Mom – In Five Minutes or Less ~ Episode 523

Ready for some organization hacks that can save you hours of time in just five minutes? In this podcast, Felice Gerwitz will share a proven method for reclaiming your time. The podcast may run a little longer than five minutes, but the time you’ll save is worth it.

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As a busy mom, I felt that some days nothing was accomplished! In fact, I called it a win if I had the children clothed, fed, and safe for the day. Many times I felt frustrated because I was wasting so much time finding lost items, to say nothing of never getting to errands that needed to be completed. So, after much frustration, I sat down and made a plan. In fact, it came to me as I was cleaning up yet another of my little one’s spilled juice. (This was before the days of sippy cups; be happy for those innovations, Mom!) Remember, you’re not alone in these struggles.

Method for Organization Hack #1

The first thing I did was take a sheet of paper and fold it into four squares. On each square, I wrote one thing. My headings used to say – Personal Needs – Kid’s Needs – Must Do Today – Errands for the Week. But it morphed into the samples below that I used each week during the days I homeschooled my children. Faith – Kids – School – Household. This simple act of organizing my tasks into these four categories brought a sense of relief and control to my chaotic days.

4-Square Planner – Blank

4 Square Planner – Filled Out Example

It doesn’t matter what your headings read; what is underneath them counts. Start small.

Questions to Answer – Organization Hack #2

  1. What has to get done today?
  2. What can wait for another day?
  3. What will make you feel better if it gets done today?

If you can answer these questions, that will help your anxiety and allow you to accomplish more. I have learned that when I stress, I can’t think; when I can’t think, that’s right! Nothing gets done. When I was able to plan out my 4 squares weekly, the checks beside the list grew because I had all the things clearly laid out and briefly. I didn’t make long, detailed lists; there wasn’t a need.

Routines – Organization Hack #3

I didn’t have detailed plans because many things on the list were routine items we did each day.

  1. Wake up, make coffee, pray
  2. Wake up, kids (if you are not already up). If the older children are up, they are to play quietly until breakfast.
  3. Eat breakfast (mom reads Bible story and short lesson).
  4. Start school (another set schedule).
  5. Lunch / one or two chores as time permits
  6. Finish school
  7. Lessons, sports, free time, etc.

Errands – Organization Hack #4

Going on errands used to be a time-and-day wrecker! I learned to plan for multiple errands on one day and to plan a route so that I could mimimze my time. I would think about where I needed to go and plan my errands (if possible) to the closet to the house first (on the right side of the road), with the last errand being the closest to the house that needed cold or frozen things stored -such as groceries. At times I needed to go to the bank and it was opened yet, so I’d leave that for on the way home. Now we have apps that make auto deposits, and checks you can deposit via apps!

Yet even those times need to be planned. If you are doing household chores, plan a time for paying bills or checking emails. Do not, and I repeat, do not check emails or social media first thing in the morning. Which brings us to hack number five.

Ignore Distractions – Organization Hack #5

Please recognize and ignore distractions, this will free up hours of your time. There are things that are our weaknesses, let’s just agree we all have them, we are human after all! I had to learn that even with a business, I had to ignore my emails, or I would get sucked into the vortex of trying to answer the major ones and finding that hours had gone by without me knowing it. My kids didn’t bother me because if they did, they’d have to start their schoolwork. I didn’t hop on social media until everything was finished and I could set a time for my time spent.

This method, making a plan, answering a few questions, having routines, organizing my errands, and ignoring distractions saved me hundreds if not thousands of frustrating hours. When people ask me, “How did you have time to write a book, create a class, or host a podcast?” Now you know why. You have the inside scoop. Any one of these methods will save you time.

Start small and see if any of them work for you – and let me know! Share this podcast with a friend and thanks so much for stopping by.

Best Graduation Gifts – Episode 82

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Gifts Graduates Really WantLet’s Talk About The Best Graduation Gifts that Teens Really Want!

With five children and a group of friends with many children, I’ve participated in my fair share of graduation celebrations in recent years. However, it was after really thinking about my own graduation and those of my children that I realized what children really desire is not what they receive. In this podcast, Felice shares her ideas of what a graduation celebration should be and ways you can make lasting memories with your own special graduates.

Show Notes – Best Graduation Gifts 

A study by Hallmark reveals:

  • 95 percent give money for gifts for graduation from high school or college
    • $25 is about the average amount spent for a close friend (or child of a close friend)
    • 67 percent believe that $50 or more is appropriate for a close relative
    • $20 is the average for a not-so-close friend
    • And many would give no gift to a not-so-close friend, but they might send a card.

Some of the Best Graduation Gift Ideas:

  1. A book where the child can begin their memoirs – one leather-bound book entitled: “My Life Story Thus Far”
  2. Jewelry
    1. Necklace, bracelet, earrings
    2. Watch
  3. Money Clip Holders
  4. Posters with great sayings on it.
  5. Personalized gifts
    1. Personalized wooden box
    2. Personalized jewelry – necklace/ ring/ bracelet
    3. Mugs, glasses
    4. Candy wrappers
    5. Picture albums
    6. Backpacks
    7. Picture frames
    8. Baseball bats
  1. Luggage
  2. Throw Rug
  3. A Bible with their name engraved – if they don’t already have one.
  4. Popular gifts but they also become dust collectors
    1. Paperweights
    2. glass shadow boxes – elegant glass boxes with your grads name so they can store and see their special treasures
    3. a globe that is made of cork with pushpins to mark the countries visited
    4. The year with a spot in the 0 for their picture
    5. Personalized wooden box
    6. Personalized jewelry – necklace/ ring/ bracelet

Nothing replaces spending T-I-M-E with your teen or soon-to-be graduate, making memories through gift-giving, if the right gift is selected helps.

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Summertime Healthy Snacks

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Summer Time Snacks | Summertime Healthy snacks do not have to taste like cardboard or break the bank. #Homeschool #homeschooling #podcast #SummertimeSnacksTop Summertime Healthy Snacks Episode 279

Summertime Healthy snacks do not have to taste like cardboard or break the bank. In this episode, of Vintage Homeschool Moms, I will share some yummy snacks with you that are crowd pleasers and even the kids will love them–promise!

There are so many healthy snacks that appeal to kids! However, I’ve learned that my kids will eat different things when they help in the prep! Teach kids some safety rules.

  1. Wash hands before preparing any food to eat.
  2. Use care with knives. Don’t put your hands by the blade.
  3. Use a cutting board when slicing fruit or vegetables.

Listen to the audio to learn about many more! 

Summertime Healthy Snacks

  1. Cucumber sandwich – you can use two slices of cucumber, sharp cheese, and sliced meat.
  2. Crackers and peanut butter.
  3. Frozen yogurt
  4. Hard boiled eggs.
  5. Cucumber and tomato salad. Drizzle olive oil.
  6. Smoothies – use your child’s favorite fruit and blend with ice.
  7.  Banana and peanut butter popsicles. Blend bananas and peanut butter until creamy. 2 large bananas or 3 small bananas – ripe work best plus 2-3 Tablespoons of peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter). Nutella works well.
  8. Apple muffins are always a favorite. Use grain-free alternatives if needed for gluten-free.
  9. Ketogenic – high fat, low-carb. Shakes as well as various snacks such as coconut balls. See recipe here.
  10. Chocolate peanut butter: Mix 1 tablespoon of peanut butter with 5-10 chocolate chips, eat with a tiny spoon
  11. Melt peanut butter with coconut oil – unless you live in FL like I do and coconut oil is liquid here, stir in the cocoa and add the sugar. Take it off from the heat and mix in the van. extract. Pour it into a candy mold – or simply line a cookie pan – lipped with wax paper and pour it in, cut into tiny squares or break once it is cooled. You may need to put it in the frig to Harden.
  12. Use mixed nuts and place in a shallow pan, toast them in the oven and sprinkle’ with sea salt. Drizzle with melted chocolate and refrigerate until set. Store in a mason jar and enjoy
  13. Kale chips – wash and place leaves on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with sea salt and drizzle with olive oils – be sure to watch carefully and bake until toasty – break up into chunks, cool and eat. Very low cal and yummy. Great rainy day activity.
  14. Homemade Applesauce – Wash apples in vinegar to take off waxy polish sometimes on the skin. Core the apples and place whole in boiling water until mushy. Take out and process in a food processor or remove the skin and mash with a fork. Sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy!
  15. Roll banana in peanut butter and then roll in crunchy cereal
  16. Snack tray — pretzels, applesauce, banana chips, raisins, nuts, cereal
  17. Yogurt and fruit parfait. Try instant pot recipes for yogurt – super yummy!
  18.  Yogurt bark. Spread yogurt on parchment paper, top with fruit such as blueberries or strawberries. Freeze. Break into chunks once froze. A family favorite.
  19. Frozen banana pops. Cut bananas in half, thread popsicle stick in banana. Dip the banana in melted chocolate. Place on wax paper lined cookie sheets and freeze.
  20. Pinwheels: take a soft, tortilla and use a spread such as mayo or mustard. Layer your meats or cheeses, add lettuce, tomato, roll up and slice. Have the children add their favorites.
  21.  Melted chocolate. Use fresh fruit to dip!
  22. Frozen grapes. Try them, they are a yummy snack!
  23. Homemade trail mix – add your favorites.
  24. Fruit and veggie platters. Use favorite salad dressing for a dip.
  25. Scooped chips filled with fresh salsa.

This list of twenty five snacks will help to jump start your own ideas. What did I leave out? Leave your favorites with me!

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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Graduation Party Ideas

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Graduation Party Ideas | We have graduation party ideas that are wonderful ways to include the entire family and the best news? They won't break the bank.  | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #graduationpartyideas #graduationideas #graduationparty #graduate #graduation #partyideas #partyideasonthecheapGraduation Party Ideas On The Cheap

We have graduation party ideas that are wonderful ways to include the entire family and the best news? They won’t break the bank.

Enjoy this replay! with Felice Gerwitz and Meredith Curtis Episode 196

Graduation Party Ideas Here 

Have you started your high school graduation party plans yet? No worries! We’ve got you covered. Inexpensive graduation ideas are our specialty. Meredith has graduated five children and Felice has five graduates as well, so between them, they have quite an arsenal of ideas that you can implement even if you waited until the last minute. Grab your notepad and listen in.

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Show Notes: Graduation Party 

There are many locations that are great for a graduation party. During the season of the pandemic we had to be creative with ideas, and we were! We hosted our graduate at home and she even “walked” in her cap and gown ordered for under $20 from Amazon. We made the best of the situation!

  1. Location: churches, park, church fellowship hall, party at home
  2. Invitations – VistaPrint, at home computer
  3. Food
  4. Decorations
  5. Personal Touch

We discussed deciding on the type of graduation you want, planning the type of graduation early, and saving up money. Pray about the type of graduation that is right for you. Include your teens as well.

More great ideas

  • Food -finger foods – fun: candy bars – ice cream with toppings
  • Open house – visiting times staggers friends
  • Photo booth with props for teens
  • Personal touch – poster boards, items important to the teen

 

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

 

10 Things Your Child Must Know About the Origins Debate

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About Our Books: Why should you teach your children about Creation? Because everything else they read that is remotely science related teaches evolution as FACT. Shouldn’t your children learn there is more than one side to the story? Do you want your child to be informed? We do and we consider this our mission at Media Angels. About the Study Guides: These study guides include a readable outline of the main points in the Creation vs. evolution discussion, the major talking points you should know and ways to educate the children in these points with hands-on activities and experiments. This series isn’t a read-it-one-time and forget it! This series will be repeated again and again and is for K-12th! If you want a course in Creation Apologetics for kids, this is it! Additional Resources Activity Packs for each of the study guides which contain hands on activities you can photo copy for your family. Creation Kids Classes: On Demand -Six weeks worth of classes — one per week for ages K-8th grade (high school if you’ve never studied Creation). -Audio Recordings -Handouts and Websites to visit -Further research -Bonus interviewsEquip your kids to defend their Creation Position! 10 Must Know Points.

Here she goes again! If you didn’t already know, Felice has a passion for teaching kids (and their parents) about the wonders of God’s Creation…but it goes one step further. Felice’s passion turned into a book series (selected by Cathy Duffy in her 100 and now 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum).

Can you prove it? Can you prove evolution? Listen in and bring your kids (Mrs. Gerwitz says this counts as school 🙂 ) and learn the TOP 10 things your kids should know about the creation and evolution debate.

Discover the Curriculum from Cathy Duffy’s Top Picks

Our science curriculum books focus on topics that teach your children the truth about God’s glorious Creation. And ways to defend it!  This level includes all our creation curriculum classes and everything in the eBook bundle.

Now! Immediate access to online classes. Felice Gerwitz teaches your children online creation based upon award winning science curriculum designed to ground your family in a Christian worldview.

About Our Books:

Why should you teach your children about Creation? Because everything else they read that is remotely science related teaches evolution as FACT. Shouldn’t your children learn there is more than one side to the story? Do you want your child to be informed? We do and we consider this our mission at Media Angels.

About the Study Guides:

These study guides include a readable outline of the main points in the Creation vs. evolution discussion, the major talking points you should know and ways to educate the children in these points with hands-on activities and experiments. This series isn’t a read-it-one-time and forget it! This series will be repeated again and again and is for K-12th!

If you want a course in Creation Apologetics for kids, this is it!

Additional Resources

Activity Packs for each of the study guides which contain hands on activities you can photo copy for your family.

Creation Kids Classes: On Demand

-Six weeks worth of classes — one per week for ages K-8th grade (high school if you’ve never studied Creation).
-Audio Recordings
-Handouts and Websites to visit
-Further research
-Bonus interviews

Order here:

https://mediaangels.com/product/creation-science-bundle/

Noah’s Flood ~ Fact or Fiction

A Production of the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

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

Thanks to our sponsor, A Fanthom Presents Film – The Ark and The Darkness – Movie Trailer here: NoahsFlood

Flood movie websitewww.noahsflood.com

Special encore presentation April 1, 2024!

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.

Special Replay: Easter Celebrations On The Cheap

A Production of the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Easter Celebration On The CheapEaster Celebrations On The Cheap

Easter celebration on the cheap includes fun and easy ideas. Celebrating Easter on the cheap doesn’t mean skimping on our favorite time of the year, it means celebrating in style and saving money along the way.

Remember, it’s about Jesus not the candy! Remind your children about the true meaning of Easter which is the Ressurection of our Lord. This is what you are celebrating. Let’s review some fun, cheap activities  you can plan this Easter!

  • Potluck:

    • Ask family to bring a side
    • Delegate ice or drinks
    • Baked ham goes far and is a favorite
    • Little kids love chicken fingers
    • Cold salads – make ahead.
  • Reuse and Repurpose – Eggs:

    • Those plastic eggs should be saved each year
    • Fill with coins instead of candy – redeemable in the store (see below)
    • Use as decorations
    • Have little ones hunt for specific colors, or count how many they collect
  •  Easter Store – order online or dollar store (Explain easter egg hunt Gerwitz style):

    • Shop sales, for everything.
    • Candy bars, candy kisses, everything is a mini.
    • I look for candles at odd times, discounts on decorations after the holiday, etc.
    • Store under the bed in plastic bins or farm out to a family member with more storage space
    • Less is more. I like minimalistic decorations. The more understated the better. Fresh flowers with outside greenery is wonderful.
  •  Make Your Own:

    • Create your own dips or salads
    • Rolls are very cheap, easy and fun to make. Kids love to help.
    • We love chocolate. Many of our treats are chocolate based such as trays of brownies and dipped strawberries (hint: I use 2 cups of chocolate chips with a spoonful of unflavored coconut oil, helps it to harden – this is so much cheaper than buying them!), make a big cookie – use disposable (can be reused) round pizza trays. Be sure to leave room for expanding dough.
    • Easy appetizers: fresh fruit with marshmallow dip, salsa, and chips, melted cheese poured over chips, cream cheese and packaged dressing for an easy dip (add mayo to liquify if needed.)
  • Decorations – Easter egg tree from kids “blessing others”

By performing these activities with your family, not only do you save some money, you teach your children the real meaning of Easter! Thank you for joining us for today’s special replay, “Easter Celebration On The Cheap”! Be sure to check out my other podcast episodes at https://ultimateradioshow.com/vintage-homeschool-moms/.

Have a great week!

 

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