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Get Prepared Early this Year…It’s VBS Time!

Even though VBS is 6 months away it’s time to start preparing to make 2012 your best VBS yet!

Are you stressed yet?  Well, if you are, let me reassure you that you’re NOT alone! Here at Nest we’ve planned ahead and found tools that will make your planning process go smoothly. It’s all about the “baby steps” of planning to properly put together an organized time line leading up to that exciting week of fun for kids of all ages!

To begin your planning process check out one of these helpful starter kits and themes for this year’s VBS.  We offer the top four brands in starter kits including: Pandamania, SonSurf, Hometown Nazareth, and Gold Rush.  Here’s the link for these four items: http://www.nestentertainment.com/vacation-bible-school_c360.aspx.

Each of these kits includes director resources and help, a director sample pack, large group/assembly resources. This is a complete set of everything you need including interactive elements to successfully plan your VBS.

If you ask us, we could recommend any of these brands for a fun and successful VBS although one that seems to be quite popular is Standard VBS Adventures on Promise Land Power Pak 2012. This pack includes the following:

  • Director’s Guide
  • Preschool Director’s Guide
  • Planning DVD
  • Get Started Instructions
  • Sample Pack
  • All five site leader’s guide
  • Seaside Celebration Dual CD Set (Music & More)
  • Teacher guides and student books for four age levels, and exclusive Director’s Bible Pin Pal

*Plus the Power Pak also gives you the Ultimate Decorating Pack & Guide, Publicity & Recruiting CD, God’s Promises Poster Pack, Lifeguard Lagoon Bible Story Poster Pack, Super Fun Activity Tablecloth, Activity Pad, Coconut Café Apron, Art & Decorating CD, and the Kid Views DVD.

Keep a look out for our monthly blog as VBS inches closer.  Our plan is to completely prepare you for a successful VBS this year. Happy planning!!

Who is Nest Honoring?

These are some photos from all of us here at NEST – people close to us who have served our great nation. God Bless!

streaming Me Before You 2016 film

New York Mosque Debate: Is America Ready for Recovery?

It’s been nine years since the 9/11 attacks in New York, and Ground Zero remains to be a gaping reminder that we, as a nation, are yet to fully recover. Recent polls showing larger America opposing the building of the Cordoba House Islamic Center two blocks away from the twin towers site almost a decade later, is a clear indication that we have a long way to go. And what’s bothersome is that this debate reflects the greater human problems of anger, fear and mistrust—the very elements stopping us from fully healing, reconciling and moving on.

Many fail to realize that the war on terrorism is fundamentally not about religion. It doesn’t matter whether you’re Christian or Muslim, we are all susceptible to terrorist attacks. The act of terrorism is about spreading fear and hate. It feeds off intolerance and discrimination, and is fuelled by oppression. To win this war, we need to find courage to rise above this tragedy, find closure and continue living with the absence of fear.

And while we continue to focus on the NY Mosque issue, we simply delay healing. We forget our other commitments, like our promise to rebuild St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, which used to stand south of the twin towers. This 300-member congregation lost its century-old parish during the September 11 attack, and was promised financial help that hasn’t materialized until today. It seems political efforts are put into assisting the mosque, but steps have not been taken to ensure St. Nicholas is rebuilt.

As this year’s Patriot’s Day draws nearer, let’s take a moment to think about how far we’ve come since 9/11. Let’s think about the loved ones we lost on that tragic day, and how we’ve chosen to honour the heroes who protected us even at their own demise—from The Heroes of Flight 93, to the fire fighters and rescue teams who risked their lives that fateful day. Let’s utter a silent prayer and let it all go—one by one, hurt after hurt. And only then can the process of healing and forgiving truly begin.

Watch the Heroes of Flight 93 DVD, and discover the true meaning of love, sacrifice, and faith at all costs. To get the best deals, visit Nest Learning today!

Top Parenting Resources: Are There Other Alternatives to Holding Students Back?

Different parenting resources present disagreeing data about whether or not holding a child back another grade in school after failing standardized tests helps improve academic performance. While some argue that giving a child another year to “catch up” is a positive alternative, many specialists and parents claim retention can do more damage to their child’s learning and social development.

According to Karl Alexander, a professor at Johns Hopkins University, grade retention “at any age raises the risk of dropping out of school later,” and has a negative impact on all areas of a child’s academic achievement and socio-emotional adjustment. Another study conducted by the University of California also found that students who have been held back another year attribute being retained for their “poor peer relationships, poor self-esteem and their continuing struggles at school.” This is why it is imperative that you consider the following alternatives before deciding to hold your child back another year:

Alternative #1: Diagnostic testing and supplemental curriculum. Through proper diagnostic testing, you’d be able to accurately identify your child’s academic level, as well as skills. This allows you and the school to clearly determine if your child is in the right grade level, using the appropriate curriculum. If you feel there is a need to “beef it up”, don’t hesitate to go over a variety of supplemental curricula that’s available to you. Once you find one that best fits your child’s needs, integrate it with your child’s school work because this can help emphasize things learned in school.

Alternative #2: Remedial classes and additional course work. Coordinate with your child’s teacher to identify your child’s academic weaknesses, and find out if additional course work can help earn the extra credits she needs. Encourage her to join study groups and if at all possible, hire an effective tutor who can provide one-on-one help in understanding new lessons and completing school work. Consider enrolling your child in summer classes or, if his school offers them, extended day and extended year programs. Many parenting resources support that getting children involved in homework clubs and after-school programs can help increase their learning success in the classroom.

Alternative #3: Extra-curricular activities. Get your child involved in other non-academic activities. Help him make new friends by participating in sports activities like football and basketball, or joining groups such as choir, scouts and dance. Exposing him to things outside school can help boost his academic performance, establishing a good foundation for long-term academic success.

Importance of Financial Education for Children in School Curriculum

A few decades ago, financial education for children was taught with the appropriate finance curriculum that when paper money runs out, the shopping must definitely stop.  Without paper money, you simply didn’t have purchasing power.  These days, however, a new school of reason has taken over our children:  when paper money runs out, you can still rely on plastic . . . or in most cases, plastics.  And they come in different tempting forms—credit cards, debit cards, prepaid cards, ATM cards, and, depending on your bank of choice, reward cards.  And before an unsuspecting teenager realizes it, he’s already at the mall, buying something he doesn’t necessarily need, for an amount he really can’t afford.

The recent financial crisis proves there is something we can do to help young people make wise financial decisions.  In the last two years, the number of states requiring students to take personal finance classes has increased.  Parents are beginning to realize how important it is to expose their children to finance training that would teach them the value of both paper money and plastic.

Here Are 3 Simple Ways To Teach Young Children About Finances:

Tip #1:  Plan for a career. Teach young people the value of hard work; this is an excellent foundation that can help them become successful in any field of choice.  Instill discipline and control, but teach them how to celebrate successes, too.  Learn to hone their talents and skills, and from there help them plan a career that will lead to financial stability through the appropriate finance curriculum.

Tip #2:  Prepare your children for the real world. Allow them to make spending decisions, but address all aspects of finance like budgeting, saving, investing, and credit first.  Help them understand that building a good credit history doesn’t necessarily mean having multiple credit cards.  Introduce them to finance training that teaches important skills such as spending, banking, writing checks, and balancing of checkbooks.  Knowledge in these areas will allow them to make sound financial decisions.  Show them how to look beyond the charms of advertising and mould them into smart consumers.

Tip # 3:  Set a good example. Children are like sponges; they absorb everything around them.  Become a good role model for young people around you, and teach them how to give back to the community.  Raising responsible young adults and utilizing financial education for children can help stabilize the future global market.

Two Cents To Remember

Allowing our children to make financial decisions without teaching them through the appropriate finance training how to manage their money and credit, is just as irresponsible as letting a child swim without taking lessons.  They will most likely drown in debt.  Just as much as the Great Depression moulded a generation that was known for their frugality, we must allow the recent economic crisis to shape a new generation that is financially empowered and educated. Make sure your child’s finance curriculum is put in place today!

The Good Samaritan Intermediate Activity #2

 
The Good Samaritan  Intermediate Activity 2
 
 
 
 

 

Objective:   The children will identify excuses people use for not helping others.
 
Principles / Values:  Charity, Compassion, Service
Scripture reference:  Luke 10:25-37

Activity:  The teacher will lead a discussion about the excuses the priest and Levite used for not helping the wounded man. The children will examine their own lives and see if they use excuses for not helping others and look for an opportunity during the coming week to help someone. 

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Homeschooling Is A Lifestyle

Homeschooling Children

Homeschooling Children

As parents we are homeschooling our children from the day they are born. We start out teaching our infants by talking to them, touching them, and playing with them. We continue to teach our children with these methods and also by setting an example and giving them the freedom to explore the world around them.

Adults tend to think of education in terms of lesson plans and sitting in a classroom, but our homes have been our children’s classroom from day one. The ways in which we live our lives are our children’s first lessons. If parents set the proper examples, by the time children get to be “school-aged” they know the basics of running a household, socialization, and financial management. This is when most people take their children away from their natural learning environment and put them in a classroom.

Let your lifestyle of teaching and learning (this actually goes both ways between parent and child) continue. Of course your children need to learn math, English, science, and the rest of the regular school curriculum, but the natural home and family environment is possibly the best place to do so. You were your child’s first teacher and you will remain the teacher and the greatest influence on that young mind.

The key is to integrate the lessons of an institutionalized classroom into your daily routine as you have always done for your child. Teach counting and addition/subtraction with day-to-day objects. Teach about fractions while baking some cookies. Teach math skills with price-comparison shopping. Continue to read to your child and have him create his own stories and poetry. Use family vacations as a way to teach geography and history. There are any number of ways to keep the education of your child integrated with your family’s lifestyle. Trust the instinct you have to teach your children. It is there for a reason and it will steer you in the right direction.

For quality products to help guide your child’s learning visit Nest Learning.

Source: Alpha Omega Publications

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