Book Review: Water and Weather

Water & Weather: From the Flood to Forecasts

By Tom De Rosa and Carolyn Reeves

Water and Weather is a concise thematic unit study supporting a biblical perspective. Tom De Rosa, a creationist and experienced science educator, along with Carolyn Reeves, also a science teacher with a doctorate in science education who is currently writing and providing educational consulting, did a wonderful job on this book’s content. It is written with both the teacher and student in mind. It has twenty investigation chapters along with a glossary of relevant terms. The home school parent and teacher will not find it difficult to organize the content as it is all written out on page five in How To Use This Book. Bloom’s taxonomy of teaching is definitely incorporated into throughout all lessons from defining to evaluating.  Each investigation has the teacher engage the student in actively realizing the information for more than words on a page. In chapter one, students will design their own fossils after learning about how God created the dinosaurs and physically measuring them out on the floor to determine their size. Afterward, they will answer investigation questions to summarize the information.  There are countless numbers of activities that can stem off of these investigations. The authors created some wonderful text and activities that will kick off a multiplicity of ideas to discover. This book has more than the typical water cycle and weather content. I am impressed with the range of content and vivid pictures as well. The book is inexpensive and can be purchased with a matching journal and teachers guide each only for $4.99. You will be pleased with this book.

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This book was sent to me by New Leaf Publishing in exchange for a book review. All opinions expressed are my own.


Book Review: Indoctrination: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity

By Colin Gunn and Joaquin Fernandez

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Including contributors like R.C. Sproul Jr, and Ken Ham was no mistake! This book will make a huge impact on you asking, “As Christians, We must ask ourselves this: What is our standard for determining how to train our children? “The content is heart breaking, frustrating, yet, inspiring and helpful. I have been in the public and private sectors of education as well as teaching in all grade levels before going into administration and currently owning my education center and this book expresses my very frustrations with our system and why I chose to break away. There is not a lack of resources to tap into with this book in your hand. We don’t want cookie-cutter kids that think life is all about faithless knowledge and average futures! Tap into Indoctrination to understand why homeschooling nurtures the mind, body, and soul more than any classroom ever will. You will also be encouraged to do something about education as Chuck LaVerdiere prompts you to challenge what you read and verify the sources. If you are ready to put your big boy pants on, this book will open your eyes to what’s really going on in our education system. It may just change your life!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher, New Leaf Publishing Group, for reviewing it. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Book Review: Children’s ATLAS of God’s World

by Craig Froman

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BIG                BEAUTIFUL                 COLORFUL                  ORGANIZED                       INFORMATIONAL…

These are all words that describe this amazing text.

Just opening Children’s ATLAS of God’s World, I was already enthralled with the Introduction and Table of Contents! How many times can you say you have stopped to REALLY read the introduction? You will with this one! Vivid pictures unfolding the country’s culture, natural habitats, architecture, and more fill each page. I did think that some of the pins that locate historical landmarks may have been placed in the general area for some of the maps, possibly a little off, on only one or two points compared to more detailed maps, but the content on the pins and the information expressed were on target and beautifully illustrated in photographs and drawings.  On the corner of each page there is an entire globe with highlighted land area demonstrating where each country is located.  In another area of these pages are the “World Heritage Sites” listing important and interesting places to seek out on the map. I have always enjoyed the meaning of the flags as well and had fun discussing these with my students.  Overall, I have to say that the vast array of integrated subjects included in this book make it a wonderful resource for a parent or teacher.  I read about religion, culture, geography, literature, authors, sports, food, music and more. I enjoyed this book very much!

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Disclaimer: I received this book for free from New Leaf Publishing Group, in lieu of giving my own opinion in this book review.


Book Review: Timothy A Little Fish With a Big Purpose!

By Brad Riley

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Cute pictures and story line was my first impression.  A fish obeying and helping his grandmother preserve her home, prepared by God to fulfill a calling, yet caught in a net… the suspense builds! As you read through this book with your “baby” there will be plenty of exciting moments to dwell on together.  Young ones are going to need help with this storybook’s vocabulary. But with mom and dad’s or grandparent’s help a child and a fish who sleeps in a shell will become wonderful friends.

Wonderful words like Galilee and Capernaum are included in this text. I can see many teachable moments coming out of this writing with a lot of Biblical cross references to tap into.

Props go out to Krystahl Goodale, the illustrator, as well with the precious and inviting pictures of under the sea life in combination with Bible times.

Disclosure of Material: I received this book free from the publisher, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 


The Daily Fix

I wanted to share an email I received from Dani Johnson’s mailing list. I hope it’s good “parent food” for you.

February 22, 2013

Hey ,

Okay, so picture this: It’s Saturday morning and you’re standing in the checkout line at the grocery store. In the line next to you, there is a mom with 3 kids. One kid is standing in front of the candy shelf saying, “MOOOMMMM, can I have some candy? PLEEEEASE???” When Mom says no, he starts to cry and throw a fit as he says, “You’re mean!!! I don’t like you anymore!”

The other 2 kids are screaming at each other, still arguing about the best kind of cereal and tugging on Mom’s arm, begging her to get both of their favorites. She finally caves in and says, “FINE! Go get it,” just to shut them up. Both kids take off running at full speed back to the cereal aisle. Mom looks around, totally embarrassed by her kids’ behavior. Frazzled and humiliated, she finishes checking out and leaves the store as quickly as possible.

We’ve all seen that before. If you have kids, you’ve probably experienced it yourself. And why does it happen? Because of a lack of preparation.

“HELP! My child is out of control!”

Whether it’s the terrible twos, the thundering threes, or the scary seventeens, it’s not uncommon for parents to feel like their children are out of control. In fact, in some circles, a parent who doesn’t feel that way is a rare find. But take a deep breath and know that you’re not in this alone! There is a proven system that can take your children from out of control to calm, cool, and collected. Here’s how.

If you take your kids into a public setting (like a grocery store or a restaurant) without preparing them, then you are basically telling them that anything goes! They are wild and crazy. They are spilling things and throwing things and yelling. But you did nothing to prevent those mistakes. In fact, you actually provoked those mistakes by not preparing your children ahead of time.

It’s important to talk to your kids about situations and behaviors before they are faced with them. All children want to succeed, and all children want to please their parents. When you prepare them for the situation they are about to walk into, you are setting them up for success instead of failure.

So here’s what I do…

Anytime we take our kids anywhere, whether it’s a restaurant, doctor’s office, grocery store, church, or any other public place, we use a few very easy steps to prepare them.

First, we have a “pre-game talk”. This lets them know what they are about to experience and lays out the guidelines they are expected to adhere to. In this talk, we make sure they understand where we are going and what the environment is (Is it a fancy restaurant? A hotel? An airport? A friend’s house?), who will be there (Mostly kids? Mostly adults? What kind of people will they encounter?), and what their conduct should be (Quiet? Inside voices? Good manners? Patient?).

I encourage them, telling them, “I’m so proud of you. We are going to have a great time! I am confident that you can follow directions, obey, and set a great example for others to follow, just as you have done in the past.” I also let them know the consequences if they do not obey.

And guess what? They do exactly as they were asked to do!

After we leave, we have another talk – a “Post-game talk”. This is just as important as the pre-game talk. This is when we celebrate their success! “You guys did great! Thank you for following directions!” I verbally reward the behaviors I want to see more of. I tell them that they honored me by following directions. I encourage each of them individually for their achievements and efforts.

And what is the result of this? Their excitement level goes through the roof, and when the next opportunity to be in a public setting comes around, they’re ready to do it all again!

This is a dynamically different kind of situation as the one I described to you at the beginning of this email, wouldn’t you agree?

So do you see how important it is to communicate with your children? They really do want to please you. They really do want to succeed. And if you prepare and motivate them beforehand, they will step up and do the right thing.

Preparing our children on how to respond properly in different environments teaches them how to honor us, themselves, and those who share the environment with them. This sets them up for success. How? They are being trained to look ahead, make decisions, and plan their time wisely.

And here’s the kicker… This doesn’t just apply to kids! This goes for adults, too. Can you imagine if the people in your company knew the proper way to respond instead of flying off the handle and saying something stupid or walking away because of some big fat ego trip? Imagine if you were groomed in this fashion, . Imagine how much more successful your life would be if you knew how to look ahead at what you’re about to walk into instead of blindly walking into a situation and reacting inappropriately. I’m here to tell you that it’s not too late!

I can’t tell you how excited I am that you have this information in your hands today, . This has helped to shape our family, our companies, and our community. We’ve heard so many stories from people who have used this strategy with their own kids, their students, their staff or co-workers, and their entire companies. I can’t wait to see you do the same!

Please take a minute to forward this email to every parent, grandparent, teacher, or babysitter you know. Send it to your friends, family, and co-workers. Share it on Facebook and Twitter. Print it out and give it to your kids’ friends’ parents. Get the message out there! Together, we are going to groom our families, companies, and communities for success! Please also let me know your thoughts about today’s Daily Fix by leaving your comments here.

Have an awesome weekend, and until next time, God bless you!

In great faith,

P.S. Don’t stop here… It’s time to groom your children for success. Here’s where you can get proven strategies, tips, and techniques to help your family succeed in every area of life!