I came across this file on my computer and thought I’d share. Can’t wait to start baking Christmas goodies. Click on the link below to download it.
I came across this file on my computer and thought I’d share. Can’t wait to start baking Christmas goodies. Click on the link below to download it.
We are big on all things audio, from music to books on cd or radio drama. Did I mention that we are big on these? As much as I love audio books I’ve been searching for more radio drama for the kids. Thought I’d start to compile a list for others. These are all Biblical based.
Our favorite is Jonathon Park (We’ve only listen to the adventures ones.)
But these other ones are not far behind.
Adventures in Odyssey by Focus on the Family (We’ve listen to every volume and episodes, I believe they are on volume 57)
G.T. and the Halo Express
Life at The Pond
Down Gilead Lane by CBH Ministries (we’ve only listen to the first volume and this series has over 12 volumes.)
Link for listening online to some of these radio drama’s
Some others that we’ve just started to listen to are: (And while these are good, they are not our top pick, they are a little “homeschoolish” for us. I think these are probably better for younger kids not for older kids)
A place to listen online with links
Karen and Kids
Paws and Tales
If you have other radio drama that you listen to please leave a comment. I’d love to know if there is more out there.
I’m starting to look into kid friendly websites…. If I don’t take sometime to put down some of these links, I will forget them. I have not reviewed all of them all the way. Some our educational and some are for fun.
http://www.highlightskids.com/ -Read, play games, and conduct cool science experiments!
http://www.abcya.com/ -Practice math and reading skills all while playing fun games!
http://www.storylineonline.net/ -Have some of your favorite stories read to you by movie stars!
http://www.seussville.com/ -Read, play games, and hang out with Dr. Seuss and his friends.
http://reading.ecb.org/ -Go “into the book” to play games that practice reading strategies.
http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/ -Learn all about geography and fascinating animals.
http://www.funbrain.com/ -Play games while practicing math and reading skills.
http://www.switcheroozoo.com/ -Watch, listen and play games to learn all about amazing animals!
http://www.starfall.com/ -Practice your phonics skills with these read-along stories.
I tried to compile a list of local things to do for free or cheap for the summer.
Summer Reading Info:
Local Public Library – This is always a family favorite in our house with lots of great freebies! (Clackamas & Washington County start June 1st.
Barnes & Noble – Read 8 Books, log them in your journal, and receive a free book
Half Price Books – Read 300 minutes in a month and receive a $5 gift certificate to Half Price Books.
iVillage – Four week reading challenge with free games, printables, and chances to win prizes.
Scholastic – Log the minutes your child reads online and they have a chance to win prizes.
Sylvan Learning – Find a book to read from their site and then take an online quiz to earn points to use toward prizes.
BJU Press – Complete required reading goals and earn free prizes while supplies last. You will also be entered in prize drawings.
TD Bank – Earn $10 in a new or existing Young Saver’s account when you read 10 books and take it to your local TD Bank.
Chuck E. Cheese’s – Read consecutively for two weeks and earn 10 free tokens. (Download the Reading Rewards calendar.)
PB Kids – Kids earn a free prize after reading all the books on a pre-selected reading list.
“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”—Groucho Marx
Every year, half a bajillion local libraries offer incentive-based programs designed to get kids reading during the summer. While the aim is a good one, we’ve been consistently frustrated with the quality of literature and the general lack of direction. Instead of complaining about those, however, we’re proud to announce we’ve created our own recommended reading list for grades 1-12, complete with great books and a program offering prizes to kids who participate.
The Outside a Dog Book List offers approximately 50 titles for each grade. Our list doesn’t promote a liberal agenda, cater to the lowest common denominator, or present books designed to make anyone look smart. A lot of the books are classics, but just as many are Exodus Books staff favorites, designed to open the wide doors of reading to kids turned off by more standard fare. We think many of these books are a great place to kindle a love of reading, but we certainly don’t want anyone thinking these are the only books to read. The only books to read are ones you buy at Exodus Books (just kidding).
June 1–August 31, 2013.
Who Can Do It?
Any student grades 1-12. Younger students may also enroll, but the booklist starts at first grade. You DO NOT NEED TO BE LOCAL. You can download the booklist via pdf, and you can email us your completed book logs. Only local customers will get the bound booklist unless you want to pay for shipping.
$5 per participant. Download a copy of Outside a Dog (PDF) and a book log for each student (feel free to print more). Registered participants will get 20% off the retail price of new books from the booklist from June 1 – August 31. If you choose to sign up online, please include each child’s name and grade in the order comments. If you have more questions, please give us a call at 503-655-1951.
– Read at least three books from Outside a Dog (grade level or above). Each participant who does that will receive one $5 gift certificate to Exodus and one entry into the grand prize drawing (prize TBD).
– High school students need to choose one fiction book and one non-fiction, the third book is their choice.
– Parents need to verify that the books were indeed read.
– We will provide a book log to record titles read, authors, book rating, and place for parents to initial. Keep track and turn this in to Exodus before August 31.
– Keep reading, and you’ll have more chances to win. Each book read beyond the first three nets you an additional entry to the grand prize drawing. These books must be selected from Outside a Dog or anywhere on our website, provided they are recommended for the student’s grade level or above.
We’re still figuring out actual prizes, but we have determined how they will be awarded. If you would like to contribute prizes or help sponsor gift certificates, please give us a call.
– Everyone who reads 3 books from their grade level booklist (or above) will receive a $5 gift certificate to Exodus.
– All kids in grades 1-6 who read 25 books will get a second prize.
– For grades 1-6, there will be one grand prize for most books read.
– Kids in grades 7-12 who read 5000 pages will get a second prize.
– For grades 7-12, there will be one grand prize for most pages read.
– Finally, there will be one grand prize random drawing taken from all participants who have read three books or more from Outside a Dog or our website. The prize drawing will be on the second Friday of September.
Clackamas Bible Church VBS-Ellie’s church
June 24th-28th, 9-Noon
Calvary Chapel VBS (Tanta’s Church)
July 22-26th, 9-Noon
GFBC Soccer Camp
July 29-Aug 2nd, 5:30-8:30pm
Summer Lunch Program
arts & crafts, reading, outside activities
Regal Summer Movies
|1||The Three Stooges||PG||10am|
|1||Ice Age: Continental Drift||PG||10am|
|2||Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days||PG||10am|
|3||Mr. Poppers’ Penguins||PG||10am|
|3||Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked||G||10am|
|6||Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax||PG||10am|
|7||Journey 2: The Mysterious Island||PG||10am|
|8||Happy Feet Too||PG||10am|
Hilltop (Oregon City) Start date is June 25
Max Patterson Park
June & July Activities at 1pm
June 10th Field Day free
June 11th Tie Dye $.50 & something to tie dye
June 13th Ice Cream Sundaes $.50
June 14th & July 5th Snow cones $.25
June 20th Sidewalk Chalk free
July 2nd Watermelon eating free
July 8th Ice Cream Sundaes $.50
July 10th Penny carnival (1-3pm) $.20
RecMobile Dates: June 21 – August 9
The traveling RecMobile, loaded with tons of fun, visits parks throughout the North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District during the summertime. Kids ages 5-10 get to play a variety of games, sports, crafts and other fun activities. Each week the crafts and activities are planned around a theme such as beach fun, animals and more. This is a FREE drop-in program, and children may come and go as they please. Children under age 6 must have a parent or guardian present to aid the child. (* denotes a free summer lunch location).
|11 a.m.-1 p.m.||Oak Grove ES *||Oak Grove ES *||Oak Grove ES *||Oak Grove ES *||Happy Valley Park|
|2-4 p.m.||Happy Valley Park||Hawthorne Park||Risley Park||Water Tower Park||Village Green Park|
Each week will feature a fun theme:
|Week of 6/24:||Splash into Summer|
|Week of 7/1:||Red, White and Blue|
|Week of 7/8:||Outer Space|
|Week of 7/15:||Fairy Tales|
|Week of 7/22:||Around the World|
|Week of 7/29:||County Fair|
|Week of 8/5:||Tropical Paradise|
Home Depot Kids Workshops
Lowe’s Kid’s Clinic
I saw this post and loved it. Thought I’d repost here:)
The wise in heart are called discerning,
and pleasant words promote instruction.
This translation is from the NIV. Here are three other translations of the same verse; the additional translations help to clarify the importance of the way in which instruction is given.
The wise of heart is called discerning,
and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness. (ESV)
The wise are known for their understanding,
and pleasant words are persuasive. (NLT)
Anyone with a wise heart is called discerning,
and pleasant speech increases learning. (HCSB)
Pleasant words encourage and attract; harsh words discourage and alienate. Threats may produce fear and compliance, but they are not nearly as effective pleasant words, which encourage cooperation, enthusiasm, and affection. Pleasant words promote instruction!
Children need the encouragement of pleasant, sweet words to do their schoolwork in a God-honoring way. You want much more for them than just completed school assignments; you want your children to be wise and discerning in the inner man, and you want them to be drawn to God’s ways. From the world’s perspective, finishing the assignment and getting a good grade is all that is required. From a biblical perspective, every challenge carries the opportunity to know God more deeply. This is where pleasant, gentle persuasion from loving parents and teachers comes into play.
Schoolwork provides an opportunity to hold out the gospel. God’s grace, his help, is available to those who come to him humbly and ask for it. And God is honored when children depend upon him for strength to do the things he has give them to do. God is not honored by attempts to accomplish tasks by the sheer force of human will, apart from the help and purposes of God (Proverbs 19:21).
Use pleasant words to help children see that God wants them to trust him, to come to him for strength for each assignment. That is one aspect of why Jesus died. All of life is about living out the implications of the gospel, and schoolwork, too, is an opportunity to encourage your children to turn to Christ for strength if they do know him, and an opportunity to seek God’s forgiveness and grace if they do not. Don’t miss the opportunity to point them to Christ.
How to do it? Here is an example. If your child is procrastinating in finishing his work, you might be tempted to say something like this in a stern, exasperated tone:
“Schoolwork is just part of life; the sooner you finish the sooner you can play. The Bible says not to complain, so stop complaining and get to work! When I come back I expect your work to be done. Do you understand?!”
Now, the content is accurate. Schoolwork is part of life. When the assignment is completed other things can be done. Complaining is wrong and needs to be corrected. Setting time limits for getting work done is often a good idea. Making sure that children understand your direction is also a good thing. But, as Christians, we have to be more than accurate. We must also, in addition, speak with love, compassion, understanding and persuasion. Speaking this way is not natural, any more than it is natural for children to their work eagerly with a thankful spirit. The power of gospel grace is needed as well! James 1:19-20 illustrates the truth of Proverbs 16:21 this way:
My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.
It is important for your child to know that there is no alternative; he must do his schoolwork. But how this reality is presented or promoted is also important. What is going to promote instruction and persuade him to do his work? Sweet, pleasant words delivered with firm resolve. So, let’s recast the above example from the viewpoint of Proverbs 16:21.
You see that your child is not being diligent in completing his task. Your tone is pleasant and sympathetic, but it is also firm, indicating that there will be no alternative to completing the work at hand. Your words might be something like this:
“I know it’s difficult to do your work sometimes, isn’t it? Is there anything bothering you that is keeping you from doing your work?”
If the answer is yes, determine quickly what the problem is. Usually, it will be best to address the issue after the schoolwork is done so that the problem itself doesn’t become a way to procrastinate. However, occasionally you may discover something that needs your immediate attention.
“Okay, I know there are other things that seem more interesting. But remember, this work is part of what God has planned for you so that you can know him and learn to follow his ways. God tells us to be diligent. Is there anything about the assignment you don’t understand, or is there something I can help with? Okay, then, let’s pray right now for God to help you focus on your work and ask for his strength to finish. I’ll check back with you soon to make sure things are going well. I know there are some fun things that you want to do, and I want you to be able to get to them as soon as you are finished. I love you.”
Obviously, you will have to adjust the language to fit your situation, but be sure to cover these points in encouraging your child to do his work.
Please note, this approach will not be helpful unless you are modeling this perspective as a teacher or a parent with the responsibilities that you have. If you can’t show it, don’t promote it. Also note that this approach requires consistency. Alternating between pleasant words and words of anger and frustration will only complicate things. It is always wise to remember God’s amazing patience with you when you are tempted to frustration with your children.
I’ve been loving this monthly calendar for praying for our boys. Thought I’d share the post here or you can go get it at:
Always looking for great books for the kids. I came across this list and thought I’d repost it so I don’t forget it:)
1. When I Was Young In the Mountains (Cynthia Rylant)
2. When the Relatives Came (Cynthia Rylant)
3. Bunny Bungalow (Cynthia Rylant)
4. Miss Rumphius (Barbara Cooney)
5. Roxaboxen (Barbara Cooney)
6. Only Opal (Barbara Cooney)
7. The Brambly Hedge Series (Jill Barklem)
8. The Boy Who Held Back the Sea (Thomas Locker)
9. The Young Artist (Thomas Locker)
10. Fritz and the Beautiful Horses (Jan Brett)
11. The Bear Who Heard Crying (Natalie Kinsey Warnock)
12. All the Places to Love (Patricia MacLachlan)
13. A Song for Lena (Hilary Horder Hippely)
14. Goodnight Moon (Margaret Wise Brown)
15. Make Way For the Ducklings (Robert McCloskey)
1. Peter Pan (J.M. Barrie)
2. The Wind in the Willows (Kenneth Grahame)
3. The Little Princess (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
4. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
5. The Tales of Winnie the Pooh (A.A. Milne)
6. The Tale of Peter Rabbit (Beatrix Potter)
7. The Anne Series (L.M. Montgomery)
8. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
9. Little Men (Louisa May Alcott)
10. Kidnapped (Robert Louis Stevenson)
11. Treasure Island (Robert Louis Stevenson)
12. The Water Babies (Charles Kingsley)
13. The Railway Children (E. Nesbit)
14. The Treasure Seekers (E. Nesbit)
15. Heidi (Johanna Spyri)
1. The Little Britches Series (Ralph Moody)
2. All of A Kind Family (Sydney Taylor)
3. Caddie Woodlawn (Carol Ryrie Brink)
4. The Winter Cottage (Carol Ryrie Brink)
5. Johnny Tremain (Esther Forbes)
6. The Good Master (Kate Seredy)
7. Carry On Mr. Bowditch (Jean Lee Latham)
8. Ellen (E.M. Almedingen)
9. Across Five Aprils (Irene Hunt)
10. I, Juan de Pareja (Elizabeth Borton de Trevino)
11. The Journeyman (Elizabeth Yates)
12. Escape from Warsaw (Julian Padowicz)
13. The Trumpeter of Krakow (Eric Kelly)
14. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (Joan Aiken)
15. Because of Winn Dixie (Kate DiCamillo)
1. The Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis)
2. The Princess and the Goblins (George MacDonald)
3. The Princess and the Curdie (George MacDonald)
4. At the Back of the North Wind (George MacDonald)
5. The Light Princess (George MacDonald)
6. The Lost Princess (George MacDonald)
7. Tales of Hans Christian Andersen
8. The Redwall Series (Brian Jacques)
9. Dangerous Journey (John Bunyan)