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He is Risen: Celebrate with the Easter Bunny!

Easter is the greatest news from God for He is Risen!

Easter marks the end of the 40-day period of fasting and repentance.  But for children, it’s the time for cute EASTER BUNNIES, EGG HUNTING, JELLY BEANS, MARSHMALLOW CHICKS, and CHOCOLATE EGGS! Yum yum!  I’m sure your sweet tooth won’t mind sharing the extra calories these candies bring.  It is after all a time for celebration and rejoicing.

But that’s where the difficulty arises.  Despite the many cute bunnies and all the candies from all the picnics, the message of Easter Sunday sadly gets drowned by its commercialism.  It actually makes other Christians resort to calling this occasion as Resurrection Day instead.

As a parent, how can you celebrate a FUN Easter and help your children understand the resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ?

  • Resurrection Eggs.  Use the cute Easter Bunny to teach about how Christ has risen!  Instead of eggs containing only candies, include memory-grabbing objects telling the story of Christ’s journey in Earth.  You can focus on his resurrection and his ascension to Heaven.  These Resurrection Eggs from Nest Learning are cute and perfect for a Sunday Egg Hunting activity after church! Make sure you order them early as these sell like hotcakes! Also to make sure it arrives in time for Easter!
  • Easter Decorations.  Make meaningful Easter decorations that don’t entirely revolve around Easter Bunnies and colorful eggs.  You can decorate a table setting reminiscent of spring or the olden days.  Make a Piñata filled with Resurrection Eggs if you don’t have a large backyard for Egg Hunting.
  • Film Showing.  What better way to spend a quiet Easter Day with the family! After attending Church service, you can watch animated films about Jesus and his life on Earth.  Just pop in that DVD. Eazy Peezy! A great way to help your children learn about Jesus’ resurrection and ascension.  You can even get an interactive DVD like “He is Risen” which includes activity books containing puzzles and coloring pages.
  • Create a Special Easter Meal and Role Play.  You can try to recreate a meal that consists of traditional food that Jesus and his Apostles may have had during Passover.  Unleavened bread. Spring Vegetables.  If your kids are picky eaters, try making pancakes shaped likes donkeys or maybe just get them to dress up like Roman Guards and tell them stories while you are all at it. Kids LOOOVE role playing. It’ll make it fun and easy for them to retain what they learn.

There are a lot of other FUN ways you can think of to help your young children learn about Jesus and his resurrection and ascension.  The Easter Bunny doesn’t have to be a bad thing either.  Easter also marks spring season and bunnies come out on spring.  The eggs also symbolize new life and it makes it more enjoyable for kids, whether you’re all from the same church or not.  Just be ready to explain to your children the difference between the two symbols of Easter.  Besides, it’s a happy time for Christians and a great time to be Christian-like.

He is Risen after all.

 

About Nest Entertainment: From its origin over twenty years ago, NestEntertainment.com has become a leader providing entertaining and educational resources for the expansive family market.  In addition to creating enriching stories and highest quality animated and musical productions, we have carved a niche as the nexus distributor between the wholesome Family Entertainment, Home Education and Christian markets through our proven Internet retail and wholesale distribution system.

Black History IN FOCUS: Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks

What do these three remarkable Black African American figures have in common besides their courage fight for their rights?  According to USA Today, Tubman, King and Parks are the most famous Black Americans that children know.  Dennis Denenberg, author of 50 American Heroes Every Kid Should Meet, was quoted why their popularity is astonishing, he thinks “educators feel it’s truly a story young people need to know about because we’re still struggling with it…The Cold War is over and gone. The civil rights movement is ongoing.”

Interestingly enough, in a Stanford University news release, a study also showed that both adults and teenagers list King, Tubman and Parks as the top choices when asked about greatest American heroes.  Professor Sam Wineburg and Monte Sano attributed these as effect of “multicultural education” occurring in the changes in “history curricula and textbooks, as well as the effects of news media, public discourse, the people we name our streets after—even on our coins.”  Professor Wineburg and Monte Sano particularly attributed this to the annual February’s Black History Month that effectively brought awareness about these Black American heroes.The Wave film download

The Professors came to a conclusion that “there is a very different national story that is being told right now, in terms of what it means to be an American,” he said. “We are at a moment in our history where the national story is not one that is symbolized by Paul Revere and Betsy Ross, but rather by Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks—people who selflessly gave of themselves to bring about betterment for all.

It’s no surprise the immense effect Black History Month have had among young and adults alike.  Black History Month has helped educate people of every race or nationality about African Americans.  Even more than that, Black History Month has also educated people about diversity, tolerance and equality.

If you or you’d like your children to learn more about Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, Nest Learning has a wide range of resources you can look into.

 

About Nest Entertainment: From its origin over twenty years ago, NestEntertainment.com has become a leader providing entertaining and educational resources for the expansive family market.  In addition to creating enriching stories and highest quality animated and musical productions, we have carved a niche as the nexus distributor between the wholesome Family Entertainment, Home Education and Christian markets through our proven Internet retail and wholesale distribution system.

Planning and Choosing the Right Vacation Bible School Theme

Planning and choosing the right Bible Vacation School Theme can make your program the most brilliant and successful program for your community.

Here are tips to consider when planning:Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

  • Establish a mission and purpose of the program.  This creates structure for the entire program.  Is the program centered on character building? Do you have plans to evangelize? Answering these questions will help you determine the best Vacation Bible School Materials you’ll need.
  • Choose your Vacation Bible School Materials and theme.  Most publishers create theologically neutral programs.  Be careful; not all VBS themes can work in your church. Are the attendees mostly from the same church or from different churches? Are they non-church goers? Are you a city church or a suburban church?  What kind of music and interests influences your community?  Are you extending this to Sunday School lessons?
  • Consider your budget.  When purchasing Vacation Bible School Materials from publishers, watch out for additional costs on kits and manuals that may take you by surprise.  If budget is a concern, be creative! You may want to consider Gospel Light VBS.  Some enjoyed Gospel Light VBS for years because of its simplicity and because it can easily be reproduced. A happy user enjoys the fact that they also suggest where you can source other materials.  You can also choose to reuse an old VBS curriculum from 4-5 years back.  Why not?
  • Create a format.  Are you a big congregation with a huge support system?  This is a huge factor to consider for logistics.  It will determine volunteers and length of your program.  A smaller church has smaller staff and may only afford to do a short program.  You can create a rotation schedule, room assignments, etc.
  • Set a date.  Check town activities or fairs you could tie up with.  Check with neighboring churches to see what they have planned.  You can create a unified VBS or at least make sure your church leaders get to set their schedule for the VBS.
  • Recruit volunteers.  Encourage the youth who are past attendees to be active.  Give them Spiritual preparations.  Train them in first aid, and how to respond to emergencies.  Communicate with them the plans.  Create a buddy system with a senior leader.  Let them be pro-active and train them to be future leaders.
  • Create powerful invitations.  Start early and be creative! Some people withdraw when they learn it’s a religious activity.  It can be a sensitive topic.  Don’t hound them.  Let them feel they’re deciding for themselves. Attract kids by activities like skits about VBS or by balloons.  Make them want to join their friends in VBS!

Lastly, Be open to modifications during VBS Week and Learn from past programs!

Have a meaningful Vacation Bible School this year! To know more about 2013 Vacation Bible School Themes, watch the preview here.

 

About Nest Entertainment: From its origin over twenty years ago, NestEntertainment.com has become a leader providing entertaining and educational resources for the expansive family market.  In addition to creating enriching stories and highest quality animated and musical productions, we have carved a niche as the nexus distributor between the wholesome Family Entertainment, Home Education and Christian markets through our proven Internet retail and wholesale distribution system.

How to Make Vacation Bible School More Fun

Yes – Hate is such a strong and mean word to use about Bible Vacation School.  But people have been speaking out about things they dislike about Vacation Bible School programs.  Fox News even reported of an incident in New York City where parents were outraged over a VBS invitation.   There’s even an incident where a Church was sued over VBS game injuries.  Some say that the program has become a glorified day care center for most parents.  Others say volunteers are over-worked with all the decorating and planning that they forget about the vital part – Gospel teaching.   Some say the program is even outdated!  Some have even given up in using Vacation Bible School as an effective outreach tool because most non-church member families invited are “one-timers”.

To help deal with these issues; we’ve listed a few ideas to help you make this experience more fun for you and your family. We’re also including a few suggestions on how to attract children to Vacation Bible School.

Here are a few tips:

  • Look for Great Vacation Bible School Materials. The right materials and theme can make a HUGE difference.  It can help ease the burden of planning, and make the program more enticing for the community.  Some themes, for example, may be great for rural kids but not for urban kids.  This will help prevent unwarranted issues in most communities. Read more about “Planning and Choosing the Right VBS Theme.”
  • Train your volunteers spiritual preparation and emergency preparations.  Do not leave activities entirely in the hands of young, inexperienced volunteers.  This will help prevent unwanted injuries of much younger children.  Ministry Leaders and VBS hosts are responsible for programs and not the VBS publishers.  Remember they are all suggestions, which you may always adjust and modify, as you want.  Gospel Light VBS is an amazing program since they keep it simple and it’s easy to modify and reproduce.  Another good publisher is Group Publishing VBS.  Nest Learning has a list of previews for 2013 VBS themes you could check.
  • Create a strategy to FOLLOW-UP on families who joined VBS.  This is what most church members would call Evangelism Strategy to further build on relationships that began during Summer VBS program.  A great follow-up program can help bring the faith back in the Vacation Bible School.
  • Create attractive and inter-active invitations ahead of time.  Build anticipation and amusement of children.  For example, you may use balloons to invite, create pre-VBS season activities like hot air balloon release.  Present short skits on the upcoming VBS.  Make kids want to be there because their friends are there too! Start early, at least a month before the scheduled Summer Bible School.

In the end, problems are only opportunities presenting themselves to make us think of ways to overcome reinvent and be more creative.  A lot of people still love Vacation Bible School and remains significant for their families.

 

About Nest Entertainment: From its origin over twenty years ago, NestEntertainment.com has become a leader providing entertaining and educational resources for the expansive family market.  In addition to creating enriching stories and highest quality animated and musical productions, we have carved a niche as the nexus distributor between the wholesome Family Entertainment, Home Education and Christian markets through our proven Internet retail and wholesale distribution system.

VBS is Significant to My Family and Me

We LOVE taking our kids to Vacation Bible School! Most of you Nest Community readers for sure have their earliest and fond memories of their childhood summers spent in a Vacation Bible School.  Summer IS the season of Vacation Bible School and all over the world preparations are being made for a week of fun.  You’ll find community members busy gathering supplies, candy, snacks and making decorations.  Volunteers are all pitching in making last minute preparations on all activities and bible lessons for children, all to make sure they have the best time.

Lately, even with criticism by other people that Bible Vacation School may have lost its significance, a lot of parents still believe in its purpose.  You’ll find they all have their reasons for their fondness of the program.  Here’s what some have to say:

“Even if they’re not ready to respond in repentance and faith, they will at least have a framework for understanding what it means to relate rightly to God”Trent Henderson, on children hearing the gospel

Every night I received wonderful hugs from some of the children.  I listened as they excitedly told their parents about the story of the night.”  – Mom from Maryland, on why she loves teaching VBS

When I was 12, a friend of mine invited me to VBS.  My dad had passed away earlier that year and my family had long since stopped going to church.  I went to VBS and met a wild & crazy Youth Pastor and a bunch of people who loved Jesus and weren’t afraid to show it.  The next week I went to camp and gave my life to Jesus.” – Coastal Community Church member

“I love VBS for the imprint and the impact it can make on the heart of a child.” –  Jerry Lawrence

“See an elderly, daze woman with glitter and Popsicle sticks in her hair, and you’ll know Vacation Bible School has just let out for the day…”Buck from Chicago

Just like the Coastal Community Church, we believe in bringing the community together, where each one plays a meaningful part and put value on “planting seeds.”  Teaching the Word of God to children should not just be limited to Sunday School Lessons; these programs allow you to teach them about having a personal relationship with Christ.

Need more info?  Check out Nest Learning to find more Vacation Bible School Materials.

 

About Nest Entertainment: From its origin over twenty years ago, NestEntertainment.com has become a leader providing entertaining and educational resources for the expansive family market.  In addition to creating enriching stories and highest quality animated and musical productions, we have carved a niche as the nexus distributor between the wholesome Family Entertainment, Home Education and Christian markets through our proven Internet retail and wholesale distribution system.

What is a Bully? Recognize the Signs of Bullying

Recognizing the warning signs of bullying is the first step to protect against bullies and ease your child’s trauma.  Bullying is a form of abuse and may come in different forms – physical, verbal, emotional and psychological.

Stopbullying.gov has defined forms of bullying and acts of the bully as:

Verbal Bullying:  Saying or writing mean things.  Examples include: teasing, name-calling and inappropriate sexual comments, taunting and threatening to cause harm.

Social Bullying or Relational Bullying: Hurting someone’s reputation or relationships.  Examples include: leaving someone out on purpose, telling other children not to be friends with someone, spreading rumors about someone and embarrassing someone in public,

Physical Bullying:  Hurting a person’s body or possessions.  Examples include: hitting/kicking/pinching, spitting, tripping/pushing, taking or breaking someone’s things and making mean or rude hand gestures

Since most victims of bullying already feel isolated and helpless, they tend to keep this to themselves.  This proves to be a difficulty for a parent even for teachers when helping a child deal with bullies.

Dr. Ted Zeff, author of The Strong, Sensitive Boy suggested the following telltale signs of child being bullied:

  • Is your child disconnecting from people and isolating him/herself in their room? Although teens usually separate from the family, they normally connect more often with their friends.
  • Has your child developed physical problems such as stomachaches and headaches that interfere with their life?
  • Has your child’s schoolwork recently suffered, and is it difficult for your child to concentrate?
  • Does your child have trouble falling, or staying asleep or experience frequent nightmares?
  • Does your child seem listless, unenthusiastic, and disinterested in life?
  • Have you noticed that your child seems hypervigilant, extremely nervous, depressed, or emotionally explosive (beyond the normal teenage angst and moodiness)?

The behaviour your child is displaying may be a result of bullying and if left disregarded may develop depression and severe anxiety in your children.  In severe cases this may even result in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

If you think your child is being bullied you can help them protect against bullies.  Talk with them and find out what has been bothering them.  If bullying is the cause of these behavior changes, reassure them that they’re not at fault and that it’s the bully’s behaviour that is wrong.  Also let them know that there is nothing wrong with asking for help when they need help.

For more information and help about bullying, visit your local centers or go to www.stopbullying.gov

 

About Nest Entertainment: From its origin over twenty years ago, NestEntertainment.com has become a leader providing entertaining and educational resources for the expansive family market.  In addition to creating enriching stories and highest quality animated and musical productions, we have carved a niche as the nexus distributor between the wholesome Family Entertainment, Home Education and Christian markets through our proven Internet retail and wholesale distribution system.

My Kid’s the Target of the Bully: How Do I Deal?

Nest Community came across this lovely website called No Place 4 Hate.  The website is run by two beautiful sisters named Lizzie and Becky who wanted to make a difference in their own way and get the word out about bullying through real stories of kids being bullied and how they coped.

If you suspect your child to be a target for bullying but refuses to tell you anything, you can share this with your child and let them see they aren’t alone.

One story that caught our attention is a young girl who convinced her mother everyday to decide when to homeschool her because of bullying by old friends.  Through her time in homeschooling, she got over her hurt and realized her self-worth.  She eventually came back for middle school at a private institution only to find herself a target for bullies – once again.   Admitting her shyness and telling her mother that ignoring the bullies only made it worse, her mother advised her to speak up with others dealing with the same issue.

More stories about bullying and overcoming bullying can be found here.

It’s inspiring how these kids found an outlet to talk about how they feel about bullying and had the courage to post their stories.  One thing common in all their stories is a message to speak up! Tell your parents or an adult you trust about it and to never deal with your problems alone.

Even with all the articles available on bullying and expert advice on “Helping My Child Deal with Bullies”, there can never be one standard way to deal with bullying.  It is always best to evaluate the situation WITH your child and decide what steps to take TOGETHER.

Kids just want to belong.  Being part of a group, with loyal friends for support growing up, will positively help protect against bullies.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

 

About Nest Entertainment: From its origin over twenty years ago, NestEntertainment.com has become a leader providing entertaining and educational resources for the expansive family market.  In addition to creating enriching stories and highest quality animated and musical productions, we have carved a niche as the nexus distributor between the wholesome Family Entertainment, Home Education and Christian markets through our proven Internet retail and wholesale distribution system.

Keep fall fun! 50 must-do family fall activities

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20 fun toddler activities and games

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A great way to teach your children the bible

A great way to teach your children the bible. Just click here or the picture.

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