Monday, April 29, 2013

What I Love Most About Princess-April

Special Days...hockey games, AHG meetings, AWANA, field trips, lazy home days.

Bible Verse..
1 Corinthians 15:33 that “bad company will corrupt someone with good character.”
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 "Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?  Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."
John 15:12-14 says, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.”Favorite Story.. You are all into this little boy band called One Direction and especially the boy Nial from Ireland. You talk about him 24/7, write your papers and sentences about him, you changed your facebook to all about Nial and on and on. It reminds me of last summer when it was all about Carlos from Big Time Rush. How fickle my little teenage daughter is already. Yes, I remember conversations with you about how boys are not garments we thrown off and on discarding at will...glad you don't date I am thinking the lesson has not driven home yet. **sigh**

Favorite Quote..."Can I call Niall? I got his number on the internet." There are times I am happy you still have your innocence and immaturity and then there are these times that is scares the crap out of me.

Fabulous Photo... Just for memories sake :)
Carlos-Big Time Rush
Niall-One Direction

What has impressed me most about you this month...Your caring spirit towards your friends. You remind me to cling tightly to things that matter most. When it came time for you all to go to Dangerfield you were willing to sacrifice your money to make sure your friends got to go with you. You put spreading love and the gospel ahead of materialism and I am proud of you for that. Because of your generous spirit your 2 best friends got to go with you for a weekend of fellowship and you all came back renewed in His spirit.

Where I hope to see you grow...More than the fun you have with your youth group and other friends, I hope you are building up friendships that will guide you and direct you toward Christ and not away from Him. That you hold each other accountable and be of good character. I have witnessed first hand you making these tough decisions when it comes to what friends to keep and which ones you need to cut ties with and I have seen how painful it is to you, but I am so thankful to know you are seeking and trusting in the Lord when making these hard choices in life.



My favorite things we did this month...
1. American Heritage Girls- We finally got an AHG group close to Mesquite and you are officially a Pioneer and I am officially a Unit Leader and Vice-Coordinator for your troop. We have only had two meetings this month, but you already are the girls leader in your group and have memorized you Oath, Pledge and other girls names. It is going to be a great time and we are both so excited to be doing this journey together. 
2.Scarborough Fair:  Homeschool day at the fair is always a blast. You of course were super stocked because both your dad and your daddy were going along and of course fabulous me and your little brother.We jousted, wrote poetry, ate, shopped, and joked around all day and night long. We played and learned till we fell out exhausted in the heat. 
3. Youth Group Dangerfield Trip: You had a blast and got to go with so many good friends just relaxing, hanging out and diggin into Gods word. You swam, played goofy games, rolled around in nasty things and bonded with Godly young men and young ladies.I loved hearing about all your adventures and seeing all the yucky photos.
Bible Study








Friday, April 26, 2013

A Father's Response to 'An Open Letter to the Church From My Generation'


An Open Letter to the Church from My Generation

Church,

I got to go to the Macklemore concert on Friday night. If you want to hear about how that went, ask me, seriously, I want to talk about it until I die. The whole thing was great; but the best part was when Macklemore sang “Same Love.” Augustana’s gym was filled to the ceiling with 5,000 people, mostly aged 18-25, and decked out in thrift store gear (American flag bro-tanks, neon Nikes, MC Hammer pants. My Cowboy boyfriend wore Cowboy boots…not ironically….). The arena was brimming with excitement and adrenaline during every song, but when he started to play “Same Love,” the place about collapsed. Why? While the song is popular everywhere, no one, maybe not even Macklemore, feels its true tension like we do in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. If you’re not familiar, here’s the song:

Stop–did you watch it? Watch it.

Before the song, Macklemore spoke really simple words along the lines of: “Hey, you can all have your own opinions on how we treat gay people in this country, but this is mine.” And I held my breath in anticipation of some kind of uproar or walk-out…but the crowd cheered louder than they had yet. In our red state, in our conservative little city, the 5,000 young people in that arena wanted to hear about marriage equality.
During the song, almost every person at the concert had their hands up and their eyes closed…it reminded me of church. The whole crowd spoke every word with Macklemore. We were thirsty for those words. We want to hear about equality and love in a gentle way. We’re sick of the harsh words of both sides. Say what you want about my generation, but we can smell fake from a mile away. This rapper from Seattle had brought us truth in song form, and we all knew it. I live in such a conservative bubble that I couldn’t believe the crowd’s positive, thankful reaction. But I shouldn’t have been surprised. No one knows the tension of that song like my generation in South Dakota does. So many of us were brought up in churches and Christian homes, and even if we weren’t, we’ve experienced the traditional Christian culture that just resonates from South Dakota’s prairie land. We know conservatism; we know tradition. But we also have Twitter, we watch SNL, we listen to Macklemore, and we read Tina Fey. We’re more in touch with the rest of the country than the Midwest has ever been. Some of us love the church and some of us hate it, but there aren’t too many people for whom it’s irrelevant. So when Macklemore takes on that tension with his poetry, his South Dakota audience listened. We practically yelled with him when he spoke the lyrics:
“When I was at church, they taught me something else: if you preach hate at the service, those words aren’t anointed. That holy water that you soak in has been poisoned.”

We yelled because we knew that holy water too well. We knew that hateful preaching too well. We had all been hurt by it in one way or another.

My point in writing this isn’t to protect gay people. Things are changing—the world is becoming a safer place for my gay friends. They’re going to get equal rights. I’m writing this because I’m worried about the safety of the Church. The Church keeps scratching its head, wondering why 70% of 23-30 year-olds who were brought up in church leave. I’m going to offer a pretty candid answer, and it’s going to make some people upset, but I care about the Church too much to be quiet. We’re scared of change. We always have been. When scientists proposed that the Earth could be moving through space, church bishops condemned the teaching, citing Psalm 104:5 to say that God “set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved.” But the scientific theory continued, and the Church still exists. I’m saying this: we cannot keep pitting the church against humanity, or progress. DON’T hear me saying that we can’t fight culture on anything. Lots of things in culture are absolutely contradictory to love and equality, and we should be battling those things. The way culture treats women, or pornography? Get AT that, church. I’ll be right there with you. But my generation, the generation that can smell bullshit, especially holy bullshit, from a mile away, will not stick around to see the church fight gay marriage against our better judgment. It’s my generation who is overwhelmingly supporting marriage equality, and Church, as a young person and as a theologian, it is not in your best interest to give them that ultimatum.

My whole life, I’ve been told again and again that Christianity is not conducive with homosexuality. It just doesn’t work out. I was forced to choose between the love I had for my gay friends and so-called biblical authority. I chose gay people, and I’m willing to wager I’m not the only one. I said, “If the Bible really says this about gay people, I’m not too keen on trusting what it says about God.” And I left my church. It has only been lately that I have seen evidence that the Bible could be saying something completely different about love and equality.

So, my advice to you, the Church: if you’re looking for some intelligent biblical liberal opinions on the subject, have a little coffee chat with your local Methodist or Episcopal pastor. Christians can be all about gay people, it’s possible. People do it every day with a clear biblical conscience. Find out if you think there’s truth in that view before you sweep us under the rug. You CAN have a conservative view on gay marriage, or gay ordination. You can. But I want you to have some serious conversations with God, your friends that disagree with you, and maybe even some gay people, Christians or not, before you decide that this one view is worth marginalizing my generation. Weigh those politics against what you’re giving up: us. We want to stay in your churches, we want to hear about your Jesus, but it’s hard to hear about love from a God who doesn’t love our gay friends (and we all have gay friends). Help us find love in the church before we look for it outside.

Oh, and can we please please PLEASE stop changing our Facebook profile pictures to crosses in a protest against gay marriage? You are taking a symbol of hope and redemption and using it to make a political point. No matter what you think, that has to stop. It’s a misrepresentation of what that symbol means.

Love,
A College Kid Who Misses You

A Father's Response to 'An Open Letter to the Church From My Generation'

Michael Brown
Michael Brown

I really appreciate you taking the time to share your heart, and I’m so sorry you felt it necessary to choose between loving your gay friends and staying in church. But I know that you’re speaking for millions of kids your age who have dropped out of church for this very reason.

Now, I am by no means a young person myself—I’m 58 years old with two grown daughters and four grandkids, and my wonderful wife, Nancy, and I have been married for 37 years—but I spend a lot of time with college-aged kids as a professor and mentor. And the young people I know actually have a very different perspective than yours: They love Jesus, they love their churches, they love their gay friends, and they don’t feel any conflict over it. In fact, they believe that by loving Jesus and by being part of a loving church, they can be the best possible friends to other LGBT young people.

And these young people don’t believe they need to reinterpret or rewrite the Bible in order to love other gay kids. Do you think that could be a possibility?

So, your open letter doesn’t actually speak for your entire generation, just a good portion of it. And just as you don’t like it when others make generalizations about “your generation,” my young friends don’t like it either.

Are they entitled to have a different point of view? Will you be tolerant toward them when they don’t agree with your perspective, or is conformity to the new perspective the only thing that’s acceptable? And if some of them whom I know personally have found something better than being gay, will you reject them or mock them or cast them out?

Jesus saved me when I was a rebellious, LSD-using, heroin-shooting, 16-year-old hippie rock drummer. I was part of the counterculture revolution of the 1960s. I wanted to change the world. The older generation just didn’t get it. They had all these hang-ups and old-fashioned ways, and I knew better. That’s what I thought back then.

Today, more than four decades later, I’m more revolutionary than ever—more radical and more committed to changing the world. And I hate stale, status quo Christianity. That’s not who Jesus is, and that’s not what Jesus came to do.

But when I read your open letter and watched the Macklemore “Same Love” video that you linked, I don’t see anything radical or revolutionary there at all. I see the new status quo. Lady Gaga sings “Born This Way,” and Macklemore raps it, and that’s the new gospel, followed by masses of young people. And this is supposed to send a message to the church?

You talk about listening to “hateful preaching” over the years, and it hurts me as a church leader to hear that. But it’s not hateful to say that God intended a man to be with a woman (hey, this is not rocket science, and Jesus said it clearly too), and it’s not hateful to say that a kid should have a mom and a dad. Who decided that this was “hate”?

You can call this “BS” or even “holy BS,” but I call it beautiful truth, part of the rhythm of life that God, our loving Father, intended. In fact, that’s the first thing I noticed on the Mackelmore video: It takes a mom and a dad to produce a child, and that’s something we should never forget.

An 11-year-old girl named Grace Evans who testified before the Minnesota legislature about redefining marriage said it so well: “Since every child needs a mom and a dad to be born, I don’t think we can change that children need a mom and a dad. I believe God made it that way. I know some disagree, but I want to ask you this question: Which parent do I not need, my mom or my dad?”

Maybe Grace should write a letter from her generation to your generation? Maybe you’ve just bought into the latest social fad without thinking through the implications for the young people who will come after you?
I’m glad America is becoming a safer place for kids who identify as gay. No one should be bullied for being different. Period. But that doesn’t mean we make marriage genderless or celebrate homosexuality. That doesn’t mean we suddenly discover new ways to change the meaning of the Bible. And when Macklemore says, “It’s human rights for everybody,” just remember that gays are not the only ones who want to redefine marriage. Do you really stand for marriage equality for all?

To be totally candid with you, I always listen to young people and ask for their insights, and I’m sure that your generation cares a lot about fairness and justice and equality. But could it be that my generation is not totally ignorant about these things? Could there be a reason that one of the Ten Commandments says, “Honor your father and your mother”—or is that outmoded now too? Is there no wisdom we can impart to you about marriage and family and gender?

Yes, my generation has made a mess of marriage with all our no-fault divorces and all the scandals with our famous preachers and all the pornography in the church, but we messed things up because we didn’t hold on to God’s Word and to the foundations of marriage ourselves. Now you want to change those foundations? You will live to regret it, I’m sure.

You wrote, “We know conservatism; we know tradition. But we also have Twitter, we watch SNL, we listen to Macklemore, and we read Tina Fey.”

Of course, I get your point (you live in South Dakota!), but here’s a word of wisdom for you: Twitter is not the place to discover the meaning of life; Saturday Night Live is not the place to learn moral values; and Tina Fey is not on a par with Moses, Jesus and Paul.

Could it be that part of the problem is that your worldview has been shaped more by the media than it has been shaped by the Lord? Is that part of the reason that polls indicate your generation thinks 31 percent of the population is gay (as opposed to the accurate 3 percent or less)?

In “Same Love,” Macklemore says, “We paraphrase a book written 3,500 years ago,” and in another of his songs he says, “The present is, right here, through the breath, watch it, Atheist Jesus piece, hangin’ on a cross.” Is he the new spiritual guide?

I look at him as a very sincere, lost young man and say, “How incredible it would be if he came to know the love of God!” You look at him as a spokesman for your generation and feel he has a message for the church.

Of course, from your perspective, the church is “scared of change. We always have been.” Maybe so, but most of the people I run with are challenging church traditions all the time. In fact, one of my books is called Revolution in the Church: Challenging the Religious System With a Call for Radical Change. It’s just that I’m 100 percent sure that God does not approve of homosexual practice and homosexual relationships, and I’ve prayed over this and wept over this and studied the Scriptures in the original languages and listened to “gay Christians” until my heart was ready to break for them. Are you 100 percent sure that our understanding of God’s heart and God’s Word is wrong?

You wrote, “When scientists proposed that the Earth could be moving through space, church bishops condemned the teaching, citing Psalm 104:5 to say that God ‘set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved.’ But the scientific theory continued, and the Church still exists.”

The truth is that scientists within the church were responsible for many of the major scientific breakthroughs over the centuries, and there’s nothing in the Bible that tells us we should believe that the sun goes around the earth. But there’s a lot in the Word about sexuality and marriage, and having talked to many who left the “gay lifestyle” (their words, not mine), I’m all the more convinced that God’s ways are best. (Some of these young people are still same-sex attracted, but they love Jesus and are totally content with Him, even if He never changes them).

You wrote, “We want to stay in your churches, we want to hear about your Jesus, but it’s hard to hear about love from a God who doesn’t love our gay friends (and we all have gay friends). Help us find love in the church before we look for it outside.”

I’m committed to doing that very thing, but how about we make a deal? Let’s get some key folks from your generation and my generation together and spend a few days before God, worshipping Him, loving on Him, studying His Word, asking for His heart toward all people, and learning from each other. And rather than following “my Jesus” or “your Jesus,” how about we commit to follow the Jesus of the Scriptures, regardless of cost or consequence?

Will you do it?

Michael Brown is author of The Real Kosher Jesus and host of the nationally syndicated talk radio show The Line of Fire on the Salem Radio Network. He is also president of FIRE School of Ministry and director of the Coalition of Conscience. Follow him at AskDrBrown on Facebook or @drmichaellbrown on Twitter.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Proposed Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution



The Proposed Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
SECTION 1

The liberty of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children is a fundamental right.

SECTION 2

Neither the United States nor any state shall infringe this right without demonstrating that its governmental interest as applied to the person is of the highest order and not otherwise served.

SECTION 3

This article shall not be construed to apply to a parental action or decision that would end life.


SECTION 4

No treaty may be adopted nor shall any source of international law be employed to supersede, modify, interpret, or apply to the rights guaranteed by this article.


(c) istockphoto
(c) istockphoto


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Think you know your rights as a parent? Take this quiz and see why we need the Parental Rights Amendment.

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1. True or False
:
 A mother in Minnesota was told that she could not access the medical
 records of any of her children 11 years old or older, or discuss her child's health
with the physician, without obtaining her child's permission.

ANSWER | SOURCE(S)


2. True or False: In most states, you will be denied access to library information about your children, including the titles of books which are accumulating late fees.

ANSWER |SOURCE(S)


3. True or False: You have a legal right to know if your teenage children will receive or have received medical treatment through the public schools.


ANSWER |SOURCE(S)
4. True or False: As a parent, you have the right to visit your children on public school grounds, for instance to have lunch with your child.

ANSWER |SOURCE(S)

5. True or False: If your child is in a non-life threatening situation, a doctor cannot perform any medical procedures on him/her without first getting your permission. ANSWER |SOURCE(S)

6. True or False: If you are an American parent, your child's doctor must have your approval before giving your child a vaccination.ANSWER |SOURCE(S)


7. True or False: A mother in Illinois was twice refused her request to opt her daughter out of sexual education lectures that she found objectionable.


ANSWER |SOURCE(S)

8. True or False: If you make a payment to a Community College for your minor child's tuition, you are entitled to a receipt.

ANSWER |SOURCE(S)


9. True or False: A mother was refused her 13-year-old daughter's grades when she enrolled her in an algebra class.


ANSWER |SOURCE(S)

10. True or False: We don't really need a Parental Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution.ANSWER |SOURCE(S)


SOURCES

1. http://juv.alacourt.gov/downloadLegalRef.aspx?&SNo=23&filename=Alabama@Juvenile@Justice@Act@090101.pdf

2. Good universal example of internet usage policy for libraries: http://www.provo.lib.ut.us/policy_online.html

3. http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html because they are classified as "education records," not "medical records" (as seen here: http://www.privacyrights.org/fs/fs8a-hipaa.htm#2)

4.http://www.erusd.k12.ca.us/ERUSDPolicies/1250.pdf as a good example

5. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/549316 (Pro-choice supporters wrote this article)

6.http://www.vaccineethics.org/issue_briefs/consent.php  The H1N1 flu vaccine often required parental consent, though: http://www.timesdaily.com/article/20091129/ARTICLES/911295044?Title=School-vaccinations-to-begin

7.http://www.guttmacher.org/statecenter/spibs/spib_SE.pdf

8.http://www1.american.edu/american/registrar/FERPA/faq.html (it specifically talks about students needing to give consent to parents to access their records--even if the parents pay the bills)

9. http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/parents.html

10.www.parentalrights.org

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Think you know your rights as a parent? Take this quiz and see why we need the Parental Rights Amendment.

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1. True or False
:
 A mother in Minnesota was told that she could not access the medical
 records of any of her children 11 years old or older, or discuss her child's health
with the physician, without obtaining her child's permission.

ANSWER | SOURCE(S)


2. True or False: In most states, you will be denied access to library information about your children, including the titles of books which are accumulating late fees.

ANSWER |SOURCE(S)


3. True or False: You have a legal right to know if your teenage children will receive or have received medical treatment through the public schools.


ANSWER |SOURCE(S)
4. True or False: As a parent, you have the right to visit your children on public school grounds, for instance to have lunch with your child.

ANSWER |SOURCE(S)

5. True or False: If your child is in a non-life threatening situation, a doctor cannot perform any medical procedures on him/her without first getting your permission. ANSWER |SOURCE(S)

6. True or False: If you are an American parent, your child's doctor must have your approval before giving your child a vaccination.ANSWER |SOURCE(S)


7. True or False: A mother in Illinois was twice refused her request to opt her daughter out of sexual education lectures that she found objectionable.


ANSWER |SOURCE(S)

8. True or False: If you make a payment to a Community College for your minor child's tuition, you are entitled to a receipt.

ANSWER |SOURCE(S)


9. True or False: A mother was refused her 13-year-old daughter's grades when she enrolled her in an algebra class.


ANSWER |SOURCE(S)

10. True or False: We don't really need a Parental Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution.ANSWER |SOURCE(S)


SOURCES

1. http://juv.alacourt.gov/downloadLegalRef.aspx?&SNo=23&filename=Alabama@Juvenile@Justice@Act@090101.pdf

2. Good universal example of internet usage policy for libraries: http://www.provo.lib.ut.us/policy_online.html

3. http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html because they are classified as "education records," not "medical records" (as seen here: http://www.privacyrights.org/fs/fs8a-hipaa.htm#2)

4.http://www.erusd.k12.ca.us/ERUSDPolicies/1250.pdf as a good example

5. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/549316 (Pro-choice supporters wrote this article)

6.http://www.vaccineethics.org/issue_briefs/consent.php  The H1N1 flu vaccine often required parental consent, though: http://www.timesdaily.com/article/20091129/ARTICLES/911295044?Title=School-vaccinations-to-begin

7.http://www.guttmacher.org/statecenter/spibs/spib_SE.pdf

8.http://www1.american.edu/american/registrar/FERPA/faq.html (it specifically talks about students needing to give consent to parents to access their records--even if the parents pay the bills)

9. http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/parents.html

10.www.parentalrights.org


Test Your Knowledge
Think you know your rights as a parent? Take this quiz and see why we need the Parental Rights Amendment.

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1. True or False
:
 A mother in Minnesota was told that she could not access the medical
 records of any of her children 11 years old or older, or discuss her child's health
with the physician, without obtaining her child's permission.

ANSWER | SOURCE(S)


2. True or False: In most states, you will be denied access to library information about your children, including the titles of books which are accumulating late fees.

ANSWER |SOURCE(S)


3. True or False: You have a legal right to know if your teenage children will receive or have received medical treatment through the public schools.


ANSWER |SOURCE(S)
4. True or False: As a parent, you have the right to visit your children on public school grounds, for instance to have lunch with your child.

ANSWER |SOURCE(S)

5. True or False: If your child is in a non-life threatening situation, a doctor cannot perform any medical procedures on him/her without first getting your permission. ANSWER |SOURCE(S)

6. True or False: If you are an American parent, your child's doctor must have your approval before giving your child a vaccination.ANSWER |SOURCE(S)


7. True or False: A mother in Illinois was twice refused her request to opt her daughter out of sexual education lectures that she found objectionable.


ANSWER |SOURCE(S)

8. True or False: If you make a payment to a Community College for your minor child's tuition, you are entitled to a receipt.

ANSWER |SOURCE(S)


9. True or False: A mother was refused her 13-year-old daughter's grades when she enrolled her in an algebra class.


ANSWER |SOURCE(S)

10. True or False: We don't really need a Parental Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution.ANSWER |SOURCE(S)


SOURCES

1. http://juv.alacourt.gov/downloadLegalRef.aspx?&SNo=23&filename=Alabama@Juvenile@Justice@Act@090101.pdf

2. Good universal example of internet usage policy for libraries: http://www.provo.lib.ut.us/policy_online.html

3. http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html because they are classified as "education records," not "medical records" (as seen here: http://www.privacyrights.org/fs/fs8a-hipaa.htm#2)

4.http://www.erusd.k12.ca.us/ERUSDPolicies/1250.pdf as a good example

5. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/549316 (Pro-choice supporters wrote this article)

6.http://www.vaccineethics.org/issue_briefs/consent.php  The H1N1 flu vaccine often required parental consent, though: http://www.timesdaily.com/article/20091129/ARTICLES/911295044?Title=School-vaccinations-to-begin

7.http://www.guttmacher.org/statecenter/spibs/spib_SE.pdf

8.http://www1.american.edu/american/registrar/FERPA/faq.html (it specifically talks about students needing to give consent to parents to access their records--even if the parents pay the bills)

9. http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/parents.html

10.www.parentalrights.org
Test Your Knowledge
Think you know your rights as a parent? Take this quiz and see why we need the Parental Rights Amendment.



1. True or False
:
 A mother in Minnesota was told that she could not access the medical
 records of any of her children 11 years old or older, or discuss her child's health
with the physician, without obtaining her child's permission.
2. True or False: In most states, you will be denied access to library information about your children, including the titles of books which are accumulating late fees.
ANSWER |SOURCE(S)


3. True or False: You have a legal right to know if your teenage children will receive or have received medical treatment through the public schools.

ANSWER |SOURCE(S)
4. True or False: As a parent, you have the right to visit your children on public school grounds, for instance to have lunch with your child.

ANSWER |SOURCE(S)

5. True or False: If your child is in a non-life threatening situation, a doctor cannot perform any medical procedures on him/her without first getting your permission. ANSWER |SOURCE(S)6. True or False: If you are an American parent, your child's doctor must have your approval before giving your child a vaccination.ANSWER |SOURCE(S)


7. True or False: A mother in Illinois was twice refused her request to opt her daughter out of sexual education lectures that she found objectionable.

ANSWER |SOURCE(S) 8. True or False: If you make a payment to a Community College for your minor child's tuition, you are entitled to a receipt.

ANSWER |SOURCE(S)


9. True or False: A mother was refused her 13-year-old daughter's grades when she enrolled her in an algebra class.

ANSWER |SOURCE(S)
10. True or False: We don't really need a Parental Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution.ANSWER |SOURCE(S)

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Monday, April 22, 2013

My Homeschool Website Links

I like to keep all my commonly used web links together and frankly having them all stored as favorites makes them a little difficult to find at times. I do not test my kids, but I know alot of poeple who do so I included the couple of sites that I did have bookmarked for those people. Hopefully they can be of use to others to make life a little more simple. ENJOY!
Home-Schooling Stores in Texas: http://www.texashomeeducators.com/homeschoolstores.htm

Diagnostic Testing:
1.       http://www.clp.org/store/by_grade/21
2.      http://www.thehomescholar.com/homeschool-transcripts-webinar.php
3.      http://www.homeschooldiner.com/quiz/parents_personality.html
4.       

Web Browser for Kids: http://www.kidzui.com/

Note Taking Help: http://opossumsally.homestead.com/Facts/Takingnotes.html

Religion/Character Development:

1.      http://www.christiancrafters.com/
2.      Children's Bible Lesson http://gardenofpraise.com/bibleles.htm
3.      Lessons on caring
http://www.humanityquest.com/topic/art_activities/index.asp?theme1=caring
4.      Youth Practice: http://www.youthwork-practice.com/index.html
5.      Principles and Practices of Biblical Parenting study
http://www.foundationsforfreedom.net/Topics/Parenting/Parenting00_Overview.html
6.      Devils Beatudes: http://my.homewithgod.com/mkcathy/inspirational/devil.html
7.      Character education on responsibility
http://learningtogive.org/lessons/unit514/ - grade 6
http://learningtogive.org/lessons/unit515/ - grade 7
http://learningtogive.org/lessons/unit513/ - grade 8
8.      Bible Trivia: http://biblestuph.com/trivia
9.      Bible Facts: http://ezinearticles.com/?Strange-Biblical-Facts&id=427964
10.  Role Models on the web: The goal of this site is to showcase outstanding role models to help youths and young adults to pattern their lives.
http://www.rolemodel.net/
11.  For Drake: Little Talkers present delightful stories told by animals that will help children to understand the importance of living their lives for God each day and obeying Him in all things. http://www.parentcompany.com/little_talkers/default.asp
12.  Bible Fun Facts: http://www.2020site.org/fun-facts/Fun-Bible-Facts.html
13.  Courage lessons & activities: Here is a list of multimedia art activities that can be used to explore the theme of courage
http://www.humanityquest.com/topic/art_activities/index.asp?theme1=courage
14.  Bible Quiz: http://biblestuph.com/trivia
15.  Bible Time Line: http://www.indefenseofthecross.com/Bible_facts.htm
16.  http://www.bibledraw.com/
17.  Free weekly Biblical e-charts
http://www.rose-publishing.com/client/client_pages/premiums/generic_landing.cfm
18.  http://www.indefenseofthecross.com/Bible_facts.htm
19.  Jesus Folk: Jesus Christ, God & Bible Centered Christian Online Community
http://www.jesusfolk.com/
20.  Bible Study Guide for all ages: http://www.biblestudyguide.com/
21.  http://Veggietales.com/
22.  Power Team For Kids: 13 Lessons from John for kids (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader) http://www.isob-bible.org/lessons/pteam.pdf
23.  Patch The Pirate – a radio show with activities http://www.patchthepirate.org/
24.  Mr Bill's World: a fun, safe, interactive zone for kids who love music, adventure and cool things to do. http://mrbillsworld.com/
25.  Calvary Kids: online games, printable pages, devotions, teen corner and more
http://www.calvarywilliamsport.com/kids-index.html
26.  Confident Kids Support Groups -­ for hurting children and for struggling parents http://www.confidentkids.com/
27.  Calvary Chapel curriculum for both Old & New Testaments
http://children.calvarychapel.com/site/curriculum.htm
28.  For the answers, please visit the free See AMC Montessori Hands On Spring Newsletter Part III
http://www.amonco. org/spring3/ montessori_ spring_3. pdf
Receive more free spring lesson planning by visiting
http://www.amonco. org/montessori_ spring_handson. html
29.  Devotions for teens
http://www.tddm. org/index. php/devotionals/ archived- devos.html
<http://www.tddm. org/index. php/devotionals/ archived- devos.html>
30.  Back To The Bible: radio, the Internet, TV and other media to share the
Gospel message and help Christians grow to spiritual maturity through
Bible teaching and engagement.
http://www.backtoth ebible.org/ <http://www.backtoth ebible.org/>
31.  What are the basics of biblical parenting?
http://www.allaboutparenting.org/biblical-parenting-faq.htm
32.  KID'S WORLD includes lots of Bible lessons which are valuable for all ages (even teens and adults!), but especially for those up to age 12.
http://ubdavid.org/kidsworld/kids-world.html
33.  Kids Ranch – a site for fun and encouragement: http://www.kidsranch.org/
34.  E Life Online - Christian magazine
http://www.elifeonline.net/
35.  Teen Q & A: current events, teen issues, friendships, Christian living, etc
http://christiananswers.net/teens/home.html
36.  Confident Kids Support Groups -­ for hurting children and for struggling parents
http://www.confidentkids.com/
37.  http://www.answersingenesis.org/
38.  http://www.tfths.com/cqla.php
39.  Happy Mothering – inspiration to live a simple natural lifestyle
http://www.happy-mothering.com/
40.  Survival Kit for Students: This kit provides Christian students with the real answers they need to survive the onslaught of atheism, humanism and evolution in the public schools.
http://www.parentcompany.com/survival_kit/svk.htm

Unit Studies:

1.      http://learning-adventures.org/
2.      http://www.queenhomeschool.com/
3.      http://betterkidcare.psu.edu/angelunits/onehour/kitchenscience/kitchenlessona.html
4.     http://www.midwestchristianacademy.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=49&Itemid=59 It will walk you through, step-by-step, how to use the ACE curriculum in a homeschool environment.
5.      http://www.weeklyreader.com/subcategory/18 I love using Weekly reader for part of my unit Studies, the kids adore them!
6.      http://www.angelfire.com/mo/sassafrassgrove/homeschool/unit_studies.html
7.      http://www.aceministries.com/
8.      Lighthouse Christian Academy
9.      www.konos.com
10.  http://www.ixl.com/
11.   

TV Programming:

1.      History channel
2.      National Geographic
3.      Discovery Channel
4.      PBS
5.      Sesame Street
6.      The Electric Company
7.      Magic School Bus
8.      Man vs. Wild
9.      Beakmans World
10.  Between the Lions
11.  3-2-1 Penguins
12.  Cyberchase
13.  Teen Kids News
14.  Myth Busters
15.  Dog Whisperer
16.  The Deadliest Warrior
17.  http://www.museum.tv/collectionssection.php?page=5
18.   

Computers/Computer Programing:

1.      Apps, Apps, So Many Apps
http://www.lati3.com/Apps.htm
2.      I am looking into Scratch, scratch.mit.edu, for my children to start to learn programming.
3.      http://www.motherboardbooks.com/
4.      http://www. Kid Coder.com
5.      http://www.motherboardbooks.com/
6.      http://www.marcandangel.com/2008/06/02/50-things-everyone-should-know-how-to-do/
7.      COMPUTERS:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/computertutor/computertutorone/index.shtml
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Windows-Basics-all-topics
http://www.apple.com/findouthow/mac/
http://www.google.com/support/websearch/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=136861


Teaching/Parenting Resources:
1.      Teaching Online: Providing free lesson plans in all curriculum areas. Designed for teachers of students aged 5-14 years. Also includes starters & strategies Teachers Magazine in pdf format. http://www.teachingonline.org/
2.      Educational Games of all sorts/topics: Gudli: a free, online education service that makes learning fun for young children http://www.gudli.com/
3.      Children's Books Online: large collection of illustrated, antique books
http://www.childrensbooksonline.org/index.htm
4.      Ways to help kids learn better/faster:
http://bringinguplearners.com/2007/10/25/101-ideas-to-add-spice-to-your-homeschooling-days/
5.      Worksheets for all ages: http://www.allkidsnetwork.com/worksheets/
6.      Descriptions and links for Apps categorized by topics that include science.
elementary-lesson-share
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/elementary-lesson-share
7.      Online Dictionary Encyclopedia Britannica
http://www.britannica.com/
8.      http://www.edhelper.com/ All subjects/grades
9.      http://www.enchantedlearning.com/Home.html All subjects/grades
10.   www.Homefires.com
11.   www.Carschooling.com
12.  www.UniversalPreschool.com
13.  www.ClickSchooling.com
14.  Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators is a categorized list of sites useful for enhancing curriculum and professional growth. It is updated often to include the best sites for teaching and learning.
http://school.discoveryeducation.com/schrockguide/
15.  Work sheets for all ages/grades http://www.theheadoftheclass.com/
16.  http://www.prometheanworld.com/server.php?show=nav.19269
17.  A to Z Home's Cool Member Database
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/A2Zhomeschool/database
18.  Record keeping: www.homeschooltracker.com for tracking my high schoolers.
19.  Visit www.Everythinghomeschooling.com    They will answer any questions and help you find ways to fit your schooling with what is going on in your house.
20.  http://www.lessonplanet.com/ all subjects/grades
21.  Teacher's Domain (free rego) Flash interactives, images, documents, lesson plans for teachers, and student-oriented activities.
http://www.teachersdomain.org/
22.  http://www.teacherfilebox.com/
23.  Here is a site with interactive links based on public school grade standards for the 5th grade.
http://www.internet4classrooms.com/skills_5th.htm
http://www.internet4classrooms.com/skills_5th_original.htm
24.  There are a ton of online resources that are a lot more engaging than worksheets. But if you really want worksheet, here are a few sites where you can find them.
http://www.havefunteaching.com/
http://www.worksheetworks.com/
25.  http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/free-lesson-plans/index.cfm all grades/subjects
26.  http://www.superteacherworksheets.com/
27.  http://www.schoolexpress.com/
28.  http://www.educationworld.com/tools_templates/index.shtml#student
29.  http://www.lessonpathways.com/Account/LogOn?ReturnUrl=%2fHome (this is AWESOME, you can create a lesson plan for him for every subject)
30.  http://www.instructorweb.com/
31.  http://www.k12station.com/k12link_library.html
32.  http://donnayoung.org/index.htm
33.  http://www.workboxsystem.com/
34.  http://www.abekaacademy.org/FAQ/VideoStreaming.html
35.  Parent Pals: A special education community where parents and professionals share information and offer support.
http://parentpals.com/gossamer/pages/
36.  Smart Boards: http://homesqool.com/freeworkshops.html
http://sqooltools.com/freeworkshops/SMARTboardbasics.htm
37.  http://www.Carschooling.com
38.  Factory Tours USA: A listing of factory tours available all over the United States. Find any that are close to where you live or check out the possibilities before you take your next trip. Great resource!
http://www.factorytoursusa.com/
39.   

Anatomy Web Sites:

1.      Think Anatomy: Links to the best human anatomy study aids on the internet: http://thinkanatomy.com/
2.       Street Anatomy: an exploration of how anatomy is portrayed in everything from fine art to advertising
http://streetanatomy.com/
3.       Get Body Smart: Beautifully detailed Flash animations and images are used in this online interactive anatomy textbook.
http://www.getbodysmart.com/index.htm
4.       Making the Senses Make Sense; Hands-on Activities to Help Children
Explore the Five Senses; Unit designed for Preschool
http://www.coreknowledge.org/mimik/mimik_uploads/lesson_plans/899/\
Making%20the%20Senses%20Make%20Sense%20Hands%20on%20\
Activities%20to%20Help%20Children%20Explore%20the%20Five%20Senses.pdf
5.       "Whack-a-Bone!" We have been studying the human body this year, and that was a really amusing way to review the bones of the body! Anatomy Arcade: free, fun, interactive games that teach basic human anatomy. 13 and up (Younger students may enjoy this with parental supervision.)
http://www.anatomyarcade.com/ <http://www.anatomyarcade.com/>

Art/Crafts/Activities Web Sites
1.       http://www.craftster.org/?utm_source=newsletter1&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=may2_newsletter
2.       Daily art projects for younger children : http://www.childcareland.com/artproject.html
3.       Activities for Preschoolers: http://fun.familyeducation.com/games/preschool/33373.html
4.       Activities for  Children: http://fun.familyeducation.com/activities-center/toddlers-preschoolers-K12children/?detoured=1
5.      The Crafty Classroom – free educational crafts
http://www.thecraftyclassroom.com/
6.      Bible coloring pages: http://www.freechristimages.org/bible_coloring_pages.htm
7.       How to make paint: http://www.betterbudgeting.com/articles/frugalfun/fingerpaint.htm
8.       Lots of free downloads: http://christianhomeschoolhub.spruz.com/downloads.htm
9.       Hunkins Experiments
Cool cartoons that will have you experimenting with food, light, sound, clothes, and a whole lot more!!http://www.hunkinsexperiments.com/
10.   Make Beliefs Comics – create your own comic strip. Online educational comic generator for kids of all ages. You have the choice of characters with different moods and the chance to write words and thoughts for them. Help develop your child's imagination. http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/
11.   How to make a tea box planter: http://opossumsal.homestead.com/Gardening/wbfly.html
12.   Art/History: Found this online for making The Bridge over the Hellespont.
http://edsitement.neh.gov/student-resource/300-spartans-bridge-over-hellespont
scroll down page to view resource, click and start building.
13.   Sketchbook ideas:
http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/lessons/elem/sketchbook.html
14.   Mark Kistlers Imagination Station : http://www.draw3d.com/
15.  try www.donnayoung.org: I use her & Draw write now
16.   How to make a wooden sandbox: http://www.howtodothings.com/hobbies/how-to-make-a-wooden-sandbox
17.   How to make a color garden: http://www.eduplace.com/rdg/gen_act/color/garden.html
18.   The weeks surrounding President's Day are a great time to teach kids about money.
One fun way that I have found to make this difficult concept more hands on is to make Personal coins with each kid's profile out of silhouette paper .Get all the details on my blog post. Presidents Day Activity – Teach Kids About Money by Putting their Profiles on Coins:
http://kidscraftsblog.hyglossproducts.com/?p=689
19.  Cartoonster - if you are interested in learning about the basics of cartoon animation. Created by a teenager, there are simple tutorials that help you understand the concepts of frame by frame animation. http://www.kidzdom.com/tutorials/
20.   A nice way to "visit" a museum before you visit a museum: http://www.googleartproject.com/
21.   Drawing or animation. We use www.doink.com
22.  A Natural State: free virtual workshops with step-by-step instructions and illustrations on how to make artwork using natural materials such as clay, pine needles, branches, vines, acorns, nuts, flowers, leaves, rocks, shells, and more.
http://www.knowitall.org/naturalstate/html/workshop_resources.cfm
23.   How to make a bean bag:
http://www.howtodothings.com/hobbies/how-to-make-a-beanbag
24.  Candle making and crafts: How to make gel candles, recycled candles, floating candles, chunk candles and decorative candles. http://www.allfreecrafts.com/candles/index.shtml
25.  Twisty Noddle: Thousands of free colouring pages and worksheets to customize and print for kids. http://twistynoodle.com/
26.   Creative art projects: http://www.kiwifami lies.co.nz/ Topics/Activitie s/Creative+ Arts/Jewellery+ Making/Craft+ Ideas+with+ Beads.html
27.   Creative Arts in Action - I think its in Watauga http://www.creativeartsinaction.com/
28.  The Wildlife Porch: Helping attract wild birds, butterflies, and other wildlife to patios, balconies, and backyards everywhere
http://www.thewildlifeporch.com/
29.    

Astronomy Sites:
1.      Meet The Greens: a site for kids looking after the planet http://www.meetthegreens.org/
2.    
   
All about Animals:
1.       http://www.owlpages.com/
2.       http://www.knowledgeadventure.com/animal-games.htm
3.     
  
Economics:
1.      Show Me The Future: This free financial literacy game is designed to help tweens, teens, and college-age students prepare for their futures. The game helps players understand: The Cost of Living, Budgeting, Difference Between Wants and Needs,  Importance of Financial Planning, Setting Career Goals & Value of Higher Education
http://showmethefuture.org/game/index.cfm
2.      Money Instructor; Money worksheets and Lesson Plans for teaching money including coins, checks, and money math.
http://www.moneyinstructor.com/
3.   
   
Language Arts/Poetry/Handwriting/Spelling
1.      Poetry Aloud: http://www.kristinegeorge.com/poetry_aloud.html
2.       Free e-books
http://www.currclick.com/
http://www.fortunatelyforyoubooks.com/free-product-of-the-week.html
3.       http://www.all-about-spelling.com/media/support-files/20_Best_Tips_for_Teaching_Spelling.pdf
4.      Free Classic Audio Books
http://www.freeclassicaudiobooks.com/
5.       Handwriting practice
http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/handwriting_practice.htm
6.      Fun Reading games
http://www.primarygames.com/reading.htm
7.       Here is a 77 page activity book packed full of Easter-themed learning
for PreK through 3rd grade. It includes activities for Language Arts,
Math and Science as well as a several 'just for fun' pages. <http://christianhom eschoolhub. spruz.com/ list-of-download s.htm>
8.       http://www.lessonplanet.com/
9.       http://www.studentpublishing.com/index.php
10.   grammar checker program: Whitesmoke
11.   http://www.all-about-spelling.com/
12.   http://www.tfths.com/cqla.php
13.  Helping Struggling Readers  - Articles with resources to help understand how to help struggling readers
http://www.readingrockets.org/helping
14.   spellingcity.com
15.   BigIQkids.com
16.   studystack.com
17.    

All Things Preschool (all Subjects):
1.       http://homeschoolcreations.com/preschoolpacks.html
2.       Apples4theteacher.com
3.       http://www.homeschoolcreations.com/preschoolalphabet.html
4.       http://juniorsbook.com/Default.asp
5.       http://www.teachpreschoolscience.com/index.html
6.       Kid Sparkles: Original preschool curriculum, activity printables and lesson
plans http://www.kidsparkz.com/index.html
7.       Activities for Teaching Phonics
http://home-school.lovetoknow.com/Activities_for_Teaching_Phonics
8.       Learning through gesture is proved to be the best technique for Kindergarten and Montessori kids; we have developed software named MLearning Phonic Gesture to implement this technique in real world.Currently, its available in Android based phones and tablets whereas iPhone, RIM and Windows 7 for mobile solutions are under construction.That software is totally FREE to use in schools and homes.You can get this software from android market at https://market.android.com by searching MLearning or Phonic or Gesture.
And using direct link at https://market.android.com/details?id=com.pgs.android.gestures.demo&feature=search_result
Visit our website http://www.sluice.com.pk
9.      Interactive Clifford storybooks
http://teacher.scholastic.com/clifford1  
10.  Homeschool Radio Shows – listen online to these classics
http://homeschoolradioshows.com/
11.    www.starfall.com .  It's a fabulous website for young children that teaches letter sounds and reading.
12.   www.pbskids.org
13.  Printable PreK: Scrapbook pages, calendars with seasonal songs, cubby tags, bookmarks, awards and more http://www.printableprek.com/
14.   program that is wonderful for beginning readers is "Zoo-phonics." http://www.zoo-phonics.com/
15.   Here is a site to check out:
123 Child - lesson plan ideas for toddler, preschool and kindergarten teachers (great site!)
http://www.123child.com
16.   A lot of people find the free preschool curriculum list at
http://www.universalpreschool.com/how-to/teach/cognitive_development.asp to
be very helpful
17.   universalpreschool.com for kindergarten too
18.   http://www.lessonplanet.com/
19.   http://ittybittybookworm.com/
20.   www.letteroftheweek.com
21.  Old MacDonald's Farm site – heaps of great ideas and activities
http://www.thevirtualvine.com/farm.html
22.    http://www.abcya.com/

History/Social Studies/Gvt/Geology
1.       Lap booking: www.handsofachild.com
2.       There is an animated read along version on www.mightybookjr.com
3.       Animated Map and History of our Country http://www.animated atlas.com/ movie.html
4.       http://graveyardoftheatlantic.com/
5.       http://brightideaspress.com/?page_id=6 Mystery of History
6.       http://www.shep pardsoftware.com/web_games.htm
7.       The Noble Experiment
8.       Notgrass Government and Economics
9.       USA Learns
10.   http://texascharmschool.com/ej-printable-ancient-egypt-coloring-pages-mummies.htm
11.  CBBC Newsround Online provides news for and about children every day of the year.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/
12.   GEORGRAPHY
http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games.htm
http://www.lizardpoint.com/fun/geoquiz/
13.   http://www.youinnovate21.net
14.   Make A Hero: explore stories of mythical heroes from Mexico, Africa, China, Egypt, Greece, and the United States - and you can even make your own hero
http://www.lucaslearning.com/myth/index.htm
15.   http://science.nasa.gov/
16.  use The Animaniacs States and Capitals song on you tube:
Link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNUDDaEOvuY
17.  http://www.eduplace.com/ss/maps/usa.html
18.  http://www.50states.com/
19.  http://www.squidoo.com/50statesnotebook
20.  http://jimmiescollage.com/downloads/history/state-notebooking-LTR.pdf
21.  http://happyhomeschool.familyclassroom.net/Archives/Geography/MyState.shtml
22.  Try youtube at wakko's america by the animaniacs I wasn't thrilled with that cartoon but this song really stuck.or www.webeans.net/hutt/statesong.htm for the lyrics scrambles states of america book has a website and some printables to help
23.   Teaching Social Justice to Kids
http://www.howtomakeafamily.com/features/case/soc_just.htm
24.   http://www.nationalatlas.gov/maplayers.html
25.   This is kind of World History, or maybe Other World History. Enjoy this
clip. APOD (Astronomy Picture of the Day) is one of our all-time favorite
websites. http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html
26.  France Facts for kids
http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/places/find/france/
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/france-facts-for-kids.html
27.   www.ngkservice.com
28.   http://www.yourchildlearns.com/megamaps.htm
29.   State Facts: http://www.lessons4you.com/funfacts/
30.  EQ-IQ, the website where you can learn how to be prepared for an earthquake or any of the other natural disasters
http://www.eq-iq.co.nz/
31.  I thought this was neat for teaching American History: http://www.homeofheroes.com/
32.   Geology of Caves
http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/usgsnps/cave/cave.html
http://www.suite101.com/content/cave-geology-a105338 - lime caves
http://www.scienceviews.com/geology/caves.html
33.   http://www.biblioplan.net/
34.   The Vikings
http://www.viking.no/e/index.html
http://www.cyberessays.com/History/116.htm
35.   Rocks
http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/explore/rocks.htm
36.   History Channel and website
37.   Congress for Kids
gives you access to interactive, fun-filled experiences designed to help you learn about the foundation of our federal government and how its actions affect you
http://www.congressforkids.net/
38.   FREE (Federal Resources for Educational Excellence) Teaching and learning resources from Federal agencies
http://www.free.ed.gov/
39.   Civil War for Kids: http://www.pocanticohills.org/civilwar/cwar.htm
40.   Social Studies: http://web.ccsd.k12.wy.us/techcurr/Social%20Studies/06/socstudies.html
41.   winterpromise.com
42.   There is a website that lists reading books for different time periods. http://www.abookintime.com/index.html
43.http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/free-6-8-teacher-resources/index.cfm?campaign=flyout_teachers_68
44. http://geology.com/state-map/


Cooking:
1.       http://www.kids-cooking-activities.com/easy-kids-meals-6orfewer-breakfast.html
2.      Kid friendly recipes
http://www.ivillage.com/kid-friendly/3-k-16746
3.      http://www.allthingsfrugal.com/cooking_kids.htm
4.      Passport of the World: http://christianhomeschoolhub.spruz.com/
5.      http://www.funology.com/recipes/detail.cfm?go=868&type=recipes
6.      http://www.allthingsfrugal.com/cooking_kids.htm
7.      Healthy Recipes
http://www.nzchristianfoundation.org.nz/wawcs0145049/Healthy-Recipes.html
8.      COOKING:
http://busycooks.about.com/library/howtos/bllessonseries.htm
http://www.ehow.com/quick-breads-and-muffin-recipes/
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes-and-cooking/index.html
9.      Be A Superkid: healthy recipes, games and tips
http://www.dole.com/WhatsASuperkid/tabid/824/Default.aspx
10.  Food activities and crafts
http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/category/topics/food
11.   

Math:
1.      Basic Math: A solid understanding of basic math skills by going in depth into many math topics. The answer to your math questions is most likely here. The site also offers basic math games, calculators, puzzles, and worksheets.
http://www.basic-mathematics.com/
2.      For Drake: Fun shapes games for kids to play that reinforce shape and pattern learning.http://pbskids.org/games/shapes.html
3.       Math-u-see
4.       http://www.math-aids.com/
5.       http://www.khanacademy.org/#browse
6.       http://www.mathsisfun.com/
7.       http://www.aaaknow.com/
8.       http://do nnayoung.org/math/index.htm
9.       http://www.homeschoolmath.net/
10.   Math Tutoring: http://www.thinkwellhomeschool.com/
11.   We used dominoes.
Worked well to show math families too. 2 + 3 = 5 ---- turn the domino around and you get 3 + 2 = 5 -- count all the dots now cover up one side 5-2 = 3, now cover the other side 5-3=2.
we would play standard dominoes but you had to say a math fact.
Or use dice (we were able to find 10 and 12 sided dice at a comic book store for a couple dollars -- the same dice at a teacher's store were $12 !) We would roll and see who could get to 50 or 100 first.
12.  Mission US:Iinteractive adventure games set in different eras of U.S. history
http://www.mission-us.org/
13.   Math Whizz http://www.whizz.us
Online math program for learning elementary math.
They have a free trial available.
14.   Addition/Subtraction specific:
Memory Joggers - http://memoryjoggers.com/memory-joggers-system/how-memory-joggers-works/addition-subtraction
Rhymes to memorize addition and subtraction fact families.
15.   Multiplication/Division specific:
Times Tales- http://www.triggermemorysystem.com
Zero and one facts are easy, two's are just double addition, five facts are known if a child can read minutes on an analog clock, then Times Tales quickly teaches 6x3 thru 10x10 so the only additional facts that have to be memorized are 3x3, 3x4, and 4x4.
16.   Skip Count Kid Songs- http://www.skipcountkid.com
17.   "School House Rock Multiplication"- FREE online on YouTube just search for this title
18.   Timez Attack- FREE online http://www.bigbrainz.com/Multiplication.php
19.    
Gaming Sites:
1.      Tutpup where you can compete in fun, educational games against other kids from all over the World! (great security requirements)
http://www.tutpup.com/
2.      Children of the Earth: helps young people learn about animals, plants, ecology, and nature centers
http://www.childrenoftheearth.org/
3.       http://eluzions.com/
4.       Games to `fun – up' your day
http://www.eslcafe.com/idea/index.cgi?Games
5.       education.com: http://www.educatio n.com/activity/ article/beanbag_ letter_blends/
6.       Games For Learning Learn to make homemade educational games.
http://www.angelfir e.com/wi2/ GamesForLearning
7.       http://www.learningcenterworld.com/page/page/7614903.htm
8.       Just Kids Games: a site with educational games to help teach kids about math, science, reading and the environment
http://justkidsgames.com/
9.      Slime Kids: packed with games and book trailers, is designed to provide a fun, interactive learning experience to get students motivated to learn on their own! As well as superb educational tools including reference works and search engines.
http://www.slimekids.com/
10.   http://www.mamajenn .com/ECDiscountG amesForLearning. html
11.   Games For Learning  Learn to make homemade educational games.
http://www.angelfir e.com/wi2/ GamesForLearning
12.   http://www.pencilan dpapergames. com/
13.  Games For Learning  Learn to make homemade educational games.
http://www.angelfire.com/wi2/GamesForLearning
14.   Scrabble


Foreign Language: (some are for people to learn English, but these are also helpful to teach your kids the principles of English as well)
1.       Learn to speak Spanish: Interesting Spanish lessons.
http://learntospeak -spanish. com/blog/
<http://learntospeak -spanish. com/blog/>
2.       Rosetta Stone
3.       http://www.engcamp.org/
4.      Everything ESL
http://www.everythingesl.net/
     
Music:
1.      Essentials of Music
http://www.essentia lsofmusic. com/
   
Science Experiments:
1.       http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/experiments/makearainbow.html
2.       Testing without smelling:
http://www.sciencek ids.co.nz/ experiments/ smelltaste. html
3.       Fun science experiments
http://kids. nationalgeograph ic.com/kids/ activities/ funscience/
<http://kids. nationalgeograph ic.com/kids/ activities/ funscience/>
4.       http://www.candyexperiments.com/p/experiments.html
   
Science:
1.       From Cells to Systems; Unit designed for 2nd Grade: 10 Lessons
http://www.coreknowledge.org/mimik/mimik_uploads/lesson_plans/816/\
From%20Cells%20to%20Systems.pdf
2.       Insect Mania; Unit designed for 2nd Grade: 10 lessons (13-14 days)
http://www.coreknowledge.org/mimik/mimik_uploads/lesson_plans/\
1012/Insect%20Mania2.pdf
The focus of this thematic unit is to explore insects and their place in our
world. This unit will give students an understanding of basic insect anatomy,
advantages and disadvantages of insects, the life cycle of insects, and the
lives of social insects. Students will participate in hands-on and literacy
enriched activities and projects that are designed to help them appreciate
the workings of the insect world. It is best to introduce this unit during the
season of spring when there is an abundance of insects to observe in their
natural habitat.
3.       Interesting Insects; Unit designed for 2nd grade:
8 lessons (11 days; 1 day= 40-50 min.)
http://www.coreknowledge.org/mimik/mimik_uploads/lesson_plans/\
1020/Interesting%20Insects.pdf
In this unit students will learn about the characteristics of insects. They will
explore insects through cooperative learning, group projects, class discussions,
hands on opportunities and poetry. This unit ends with an insect project
presentation by each student.
Abstract)
4.       Insects; Unit designed for 2nd Grade:
15 lessons (includes assessments, field trips, guest speaker)
http://www.coreknowledge.org/mimik/mimik_uploads/lesson_plans/\
837/INSECTS.pdf
This insect unit will provide students with an introduction to insects as well
as insight into insect development. We will also study individual insects such
as ants, honeybees, and butterflies. This is a multi-disciplinary unit that
provides hands-on experiences for the students.
(Abstract)
5.       Water, Water Everywhere, and Nary a Drop to Drink! A Study of the Ocean;
Unit designed for 1st Grade: 5 Lessons
http://www.coreknowledge.org/mimik/mimik_uploads/lesson_plans/\
306/Water%20Water%20Everywhere%20and%20Nary%20a%20\
Drop%20to%20Drink.pdf
6.       Under the Sea; Unit designed for 1st Grade
http://www.coreknowledge.org/mimik/mimik_uploads/lesson_plans/\
768/UNDER%20THE%20SEA.pdf
7.       There's a Commotion in the Ocean; Unit designed for
1st Grade: 9 Lessons
http://www.coreknowledge.org/mimik/mimik_uploads/lesson_plans/\
764/Theres%20a%20Commotion%20in%20the%20Ocean.pdf
8.       What's the Matter?;l Unit designed for 1st Grade: 5 Lessons
http://www.coreknowledge.org/mimik/mimik_uploads/lesson_plans/\
592/Whats%20the%20Matter.pdf
9.       Understanding and Measuring Matter, Unit designed for 1st Grade: 7 Lessons
http://www.coreknowledge.org/mimik/mimik_uploads/lesson_plans/812/\
Understanding%20and%20Measuring%20Matter.pdf
10.   Understanding and Measuring Matter, Unit designed for 1st Grade: 7 Lessons
http://www.coreknowledge.org/mimik/mimik_uploads/lesson_plans/812/\
Understanding%20and%20Measuring%20Matter.pdf
11.   Matter: Its States and Properties; Unit designed for 1st Grade:
Four lessons over a period of five to seven days
http://www.coreknowledge.org/mimik/mimik_uploads/lesson_plans/\
1184/1_matter_statesproperties.pdf
12.   Think: Mnemonics for example King Philip cried out for goodness sake --- Kingdom Phylum class order family genus species These are biological classifications for science.
13.   http://www.khanacademy.org/#browse
14.   http://www.sciencebuddies.com/
15.   NOAA stands for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Offers dozens of fun games and learning activities for kids from the elementary level to high school.
http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/kids/
16.   Science & Animal games
http://www.knowledgeadventure.com/science-games.htm
http://www.knowledgeadventure.com/animal-games.htm

Dictionary/Atlas:
1.       The visual dictionary http://www.abcmouse.com/landing/SOC:FB:FG
2.       http://www.worlda tlas.com/

Blogs I like:
1.       http://karmamatopoeia.blogspot.com/
2.       http://homeschoolescapade.blogspot.com
3.       jazzyallergyrecipes.blogspot.com

REMEMBER:
12 Suggestions For Raising Godly Children
by Dale Harcombe

So you want to bring your children up in God's ways so that they will follow Him. Here are some suggestions for ways you can help achieve this.

1. Pray for and with your child. Let them see the reality of your faith as you turn to the Lord in prayer when problems or hard times come, or just for God's help with decisions each day.
Encourage them by your example to praise God for the blessings of life every day.

2. As you pray for your children, pray for those they will grow up to marry. From the time they were little, we prayed or God's choice of the right Christian marriage partner for each of our children

3. Read the bible to them when they are young and with them as they grow older. Many families I know use time at the dinner table to read God's Word and to pray. This time didn't always work for us. If it doesn't, then make another time to do this. Don't put it off because it is too hard. Those things that are important we can always make time for - if we try.

4. Read to your child- not just from the bible although that's a good start but share picture books, novels, non fiction and poetry with them. It's a precious time to be able to read with our kids and share literature.

5. Turn the TV off and spend time with your children - playing a board game, going for a picnic and enjoying God's creation, playing ball or talking.

6. Enjoy your children and spending time with them. Maybe try cooking together. Yes, it may end up with the kitchen a bit of a mess but it's a great time together and worth the mess. Make a game of clearing up the mess together afterwards. And cooking doesn't only have to be with daughters! Boys often like to cook with Mom or Dad too.

7. Often times traveling in the car or when involved in other activities like cooking, are times when children open up and talk about things troubling them or just talk. Value such times when you will gain an insight into your child.Listen to your children. Don't always be the one talking and telling them what to do. Their ideas are valuable.

8. Decide that time with your children and less material things are more important than extra income so they, and you, can have every toy or gadget as it comes on the market.

9. Remember you're the parent and this is one of the hardest but most rewarding jobs you will ever do. Take it seriously and do not spoil or give into your child. You are only making life hard for yourself and others who come into contact with your child.

10. Children need to know the boundaries and what the consequences are for overstepping those boundaries. Even if you don't agree with smacking, and I think there are occasions when it is warranted though it was not something I used often with my children, there are other options like taking away privileges instead. .

11. Be accountable. Be an example they can model behavior on. Parents aren't perfect. If you do lash out in anger and do or say things you shouldn't, admit that you were wrong.

12. Take them to church and Sunday school and encourage the friendships they make there. Talk about what they are taught and clarify anything not clear.

The Proverbs Curriculum: 50 Life Skills God Wants You to Teach
Your Children from the Book of Proverbs

1:7 ~ To fear the Lord
1:10 ~ To stand alone
1:23 ~ To turn at reproof
2:4 ~ A proper value system
3:3 ~ To love mercy and truth
3:5 ~ To trust God and not themselves
3:6 ~ To put God first in everything
3:9 ~ Give to God.
3:11 ~ To appreciate chastening
3:27-30 ~ To be a good neighbour
4:1-4 ~ To listen, learn, and remember
4:23 ~ To keep their heart
4:24 ~ To maintain a pure mouth
4:27 ~ To stay true to God
6:6-8 ~ To love work and not sleep
6:20 ~ To obey
7:25 ~ To be morally pure
8:13 ~ To hate evil
8:17 ~ To love God
11:14 ~ To seek Godly counsel
11:30 ~ To love the souls of men
13:13 ~ To love the Word of God
13:20 ~ To chose the right friends
14:9 ~ Not to mock at sin
14:17 ~ To control anger
15:8 ~ To pray
15:14 ~ To love to learn
15:16 ~ To have a grateful heart
15:20 ~ To please you
16:4 ~ To please God
16:19 ~ To have a humble spirit
17:9 ~ To cover other's sins
17:17 ~ To be a friend
18:13 ~ The folly of prejudice
19:5 ~ To be truthful
19;17 ~ To give to the poor
21:17 ~ Not to love pleasure
21:21 ~ That honour comes from godliness
21:31 ~ To find security in God
22:29 ~ To do their best in everything
23:17 ~ Not to envy sinners
23:26 ~ To love you and imitate your Godly lifestyle
24:10 ~ Not to quit.
25:19 ~ To discern the spirit of other people.
25:28 ~ To control their emotions
26:17 ~ To mind their own business
27:1 ~ To live in the present
28:1 ~ The boldness of a clear conscience
28:13 ~ To deal with their own sin
31:10-31 ~ The glories of a virtuous woman
(to become one or to marry one).

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Science: Human Body

http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/bb/kinser/Size1.html brain size and the body
http://www.timeforkids.com/TFK/kids/hh/writeideas/articles/0,28372,634432,00.html time for kids (compare/contrast humans/animals)
http://www.answersingenesis.org/worldwide/about biblical answers
http://www.teachervision.fen.com/ecological-adaptation/animals/6989.html (all about animals)
http://science.pppst.com/humanbody/human-muscular-system.html
http://middle.usm.k12.wi.us/faculty/Jacobs2/muscles/muscletitle%20page.htm (printable pp for muscle system)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62hbWaRz8Bo
http://science.pppst.com/ science power points for kids

Anger Management for Kids:
1.       http://www.angermanagementtips.com/children.htm
2.       http://www.angermanagementforchildren.org/
3.        

Enrichment/Encouragement:
1.       http://www.pepnonprofit.org/ (free downloads)
2.       http://www.aboverubies.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&id=1&Itemid=2 (encouragement for women)
3.        

Book Sales/Freebies:
1.       http://www.thriftbooks.com/
2.       http://www.wegivebooks.org/ (free books)

Freebies:
1.       http://www.homeschoolfreebie.wholesomechildhood.com/
2.    
   
Art/Reading:
1.       http://creationsbyyou.com/

Resources:
1.       http://www.currclick.com/index.php (free downloads)

Online Learning Games:
1.       http://www.angelfire.com/wi2/GamesForLearning/
2.       http://www.zoodles.com/free-online-kids-games/ (zoodles)
3.       http://www.earthskids.com/ek_kids.aspx (earth kids)
4.       http://www.pitara.com/ Pitara: Children, their parents & teachers find a lot to explore: activities, stories, poems, folktales, games, science stories, educational reference and much more for kids. Pitara literally means - a chest full of surprises.

Math:
1.       http://liveonlinemath.com/classes/ (live math classes 2 wk free trial))

Meteorology:
1.       http://ww2010.atmos.uiuc.edu/%28Gh%29/home.rxml (Collection of multimedia instructional modules in meteorology and remote sensing, plus curriculum projects and classroom activities)

Science Experiments:
1.       http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/experiments/icecubemagic.html (science Kids)
2.       Fungi – fun facts and experiments
http://www.herbarium.usu.edu/fungi/FunFacts/factindx.htm
3.       http://www.hometrainingtools.com/physics-workshop-kit/p/KT-PHYSKIT/ (science kits)
4.       http://preschoolmama.com/index.php/2008/03/ (for preschool kids)

Science:
1.       National Biological Information Infrastructure: learn about nature through games, puzzles, stories…
http://kids.nbii.gov/

Nature/National Geographic Education:
1.       http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/edu/
2.       National Biological Information Infrastructure: learn about nature through games, puzzles, stories… http://kids.nbii.gov/

Art/crafts:
1.       Collections of arts and crafts ideas
http://craftsartsandcrafts.com/craftsideasblog/
2.       Nature crafts: projects using natural materials such as plants, herbs, rocks, twigs, mosses, vines, flowers, potpourri, feathers, pine cones, gourds and seashells.
http://www.allfreecrafts.com/nature/index.shtml

Unit Studies:
1.       Plan a unit study about wild animals. See Let's Go on an Animal Safari!
http://www.amonco.org/summer7/montessori_summer7.pdf

All about Animals:
1.       http://www.batworld.org/teachers-page/ (bats)

All Subjects:
1. http://teachers.net/lessonplans/grades/middle_school/
2. http://www.enchantedlearning.com