Day 68

I have not posted about my 90 day challenge for a while now.  I have not given up.  I have fallen behind several times but I am still hanging in there.  Today I made the transition from the Old Testament to the New Testament  (Zech. 11 to Matt. 4).

One thing I have found that is helpful if you are unable to find quiet time to read the entire passage without interruptions is to listen to the bible passage.  If you go to The Bible in 90 you can listen to your days assigned reading.  My children have enjoyed listening to the reading as well.  Of course it is much more meaningful when you can have quiet focused time and read the passage yourself.  But in a busy household, quiet can be hard to find sometimes and this way leaves you without excuse.


Build Your Home Library for FREE!!!

I love books.  As a child I could always be found with a book in my hands.  I love the way they feel in my hands, the smell of the pages.  The older and more “loved” a book is the more I like it.  But if your homeschool and/or book budget is like mine, there is never enough money for all the books you want.

The next best thing is your local library.  You may be surprised at what you will find at your local library.  And most libraries now have an online catalog of their books with the option to put them on hold and then pick them up at your convenience.  This is the best option for me.  Although we go to the library every week with 6 children under the age of 10 I rarely get the opportunity to browse.  So in the convenience of my home I can order books from my library.

But there are times that you want your own copy of a book or you need it for longer than the 3 weeks the library allows you to borrow it.  A new option available to us is online books.  I have been using ebooks for about 2 years now.  But I have to admit that I had never read one on the computer until 2 weeks ago.  I had printed out several ebooks, bound them and then read them like regular books.  However, a couple of weeks ago I found myself with 1 1/2 to 2 hours of time every day with nothing to do.  How did I get so fortunate you may ask–your the woman with 6 children.  Well we found ourselves at family camp and every day during the little ones naps I would sit outside our cabin and wait.  I happened to take my computer with the hope of getting some things done.  What I accomplished was I read 2 books on the computer.  Ebooks, what to do with them all by Michelle Geffken and The Real Life Home School Mom: It’s a Life in ReVision by Virginia Knowles.  Both excellent resources I highly recommend.  The point is I was pleasantly surprised how easy and even enjoyable it was to read the book online.  I had a word document open to jot down notes (I am a write-in-the-margins kind of reader) and since the many ebooks are hyperlinked (and these were) I was able to click on links imbedded right in the text and research the topic as I was reading.

So with this positive experience I am going to try my 4th grader reading a book online Madam How and Lady Why.  We will see how he does and then possibly add more online reading.  What I have done in the past is simply print the ebooks for him.  It is possible to print most more inexpensively than buying them and with my comb binder I have made some nice little books.  But if he enjoys reading them online I can save myself a lot of work.

For more free online resources check out Susan at Homepreschool and Beyond.  She has a fantastic post with some of the resources I use and some I had no idea about. Click on Homespreschool and Beyond and learn more about how you can get free resources for you home (ebook) library.
Stay tuned for my next post on how to organize all those ebooks.

A wonderful Bible Study Resource

Sheri Graham from Graham Family Ministries (by the way an excellent website with some wonderful resources) posted this link and I wanted to pass it on, on our site because this resource is that good.

Through the Bible with My Child

by Charles Sharman

Price: $17.12
Availability: usually ships within 2-3 business days
Edition: Paperback, 368 pages (11 x 8.2 x 0.8 inches)
Publisher: Anchor-Cross Media (2009)
ISBN: 978-0974272719

Through the Bible with My Child helps parents teach their children God’s word. This book provides a method and a plan: a method to teach the Bible to young children, and a plan to cover the Bible in four school years. Supplemented with memorization recommendations, daily review questions, writing pages, blank maps, and tests, Through the Bible with My Child offers a complete introduction to the Bible for elementary age children.

Orders can be placed through by clicking here.

The entire content of Through the Bible with My Child can be downloaded and read from this website free of charge. To view the book in pdf format, click here. You are permitted to share this file in electronic or print form, provided that it is not done for profit. Thus you may post this file on your website or make print copies for your personal use without charge and without notifying Anchor-Cross Ministries.

Don’t miss the free pdf from above.   If you are like our family you make it a goal to read through the Bible on a regular basis.  This book will help you add depth to your bible reading.  I have also created little booklets for my 4th and 2nd year boys so they can fill out their findings as we read.