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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.

 

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6 Tips for Inspiring Your Child to Write

We are smack middle in the fall season and our students could probably use these writing tips: 6 Tips for Inspiring Your Child to WriteWatch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

Myth: lack of socialization in homeschools

As homeschooling teachers, we know that it’s a huge myth that homeschoolers are not socialized. Check out this article we found: click here.

Fall Festival Activities and Games

Fall Festival Activities and Games

Fall is here for many homeschooling families and this means changing with the seasons. Here are some ideas for gamescostumes, and activities to occupy September and October for homeschoolers!

1. Bean Bag Toss Game– Set up a large rectangle cut out of cardboard or wood and cut a small hole in the middle and fill up some old socks with rice or beans! It’s very simple and you can get creative by decorating with any theme your homeschool desires. We suggest the colors of green and orange and place some pumpkins around.

2. Ring Tossing Game– You can create your own posts (like caution cones) if you don’t want posts in the ground in the backyard. Assign points to various difficulty levels and give out treats this way!

3. Scavenger Hunt Game- For this activity, write clues onto pieces of paper near scavenger items littered around the backyard. This doesn’t have to be complicated. You can place pumpkins with a letter painted on that spells out “autumn” and place it around some hiding spots and the one of the clues can be “a synonym for fall.”

4. Pinata Party– What’s great about a pinata is it’s two activities in one. You can have a day to make the pinata with your homeschool, because crafting a pinata makes a great art activity! Then on another day, throw a fall shindig and get ready to crack into some wonderful treats.

5. Hide-and-Seek Game– This is a great classic game to play during the fall, because there are plenty of leaves and branches to hide around during this season.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Wishing a great Fall Festival for the homeschools!

Getting Ready For Back To School

Here are some simple rules for Back to School and the rest of the school year.

1. Be prepared– Back to school can be a hectic time for families. Two words: be prepared. Go back to school shopping with a planned out list. Inventory what you already have and plan for what you are going to stock up on. Then shop online and research store sales, so you can plan to shop and save. Lesson planning takes good amount of preparation, too. Find a template and adjust it to your homeschool’s needs, so you don’t start from scratch.

2. Start with a positive attitude– It’s all about mentality. Even when the day is going by and everything feels overwhelming, remember every family is different and we all have to deal with our problems our own way. No one is perfect! Simply don’t let one bad moment trip up your whole day’s mood. Take a break and breathe. Remember that you want to stay positive and get things completed, because you are the teacher and your homeschool needs you!

3. Stay organized– Take 10-15 minutes a day just putting equipment (scissors, paint brushes, books, etc) back when you are done. Create filing systems out of cereal boxes (thank you, pinterest) and label where it goes. This tiny step will help your homeschooling days flow by! Get the homeschool to help as an end of the day activity to clean up the work area. Tack this as a rule in the homeschool space.

4. Be flexible– Sometimes in our homeschools, we get stuck in a rut from problems. Whether you bought the wrong curriculum (this kills me when this happens) or have taken too long to get to a lesson, you need to adjust and turn a problem around quickly. For example, you’ve sunk the money for a new math curriculum and it’s not working out. It’s not too late to reap the rest of what you paid for. Curriculum is not cheap! Homeschooling families are usually working on one income, so we have to make a mistake work. Use what you can from the text and understand what is not working (usually figured out in hindsight). Buy cheap supplements and see what works, then work from there. Usually you as the teacher finally understand how your homeschooler is processing and understanding the information to make a better decision on the next purchase. Scrap it up as experience and move on quickly. This is what it means to be flexible!

5. Be creative and have fun! Don’t forget that your homeschool is absorbing everything they see and hear and feel from you! The saying goes, “The mind is a sponge!” Keep it simple and fun. Stay creative and make inspiration/idea boards for you to use so you can keep the homeschool fresh. It doesn’t take too much (money wise) to make something entertaining. For example, tape some water color paper on the underside of your kitchen table and let your homeschooler feel like a renaissance artist!

Some pointers before back to school rolls around!

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Top 5 Kids Parachute Games

ParachuteWhether homeschooling or just looking for a great kids summer activity, parachute games remain a favorite! Children have been playing parachute games for years – and for good reason: parachute games encourage cooperation and team work without necessarily being competitive; they also refine perceptual skills while promoting good, healthy exercise. There are many parachute games out there, but here are our top 5:

1. Mushroom:Watch Brothers (2015) Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

Instructions – Standing, lift the parachute waist high. Count to three, and on three, all the kids will lift the parachute over their heads, then bring their corner of the parachute down to the ground. This traps the air underneath, creating a mushroom-like shape.

For a twist – After everyone has mastered this technique, have them run to the center bringing their corner of the parachute with them – see how large they can make that mushroom! Or have everyone let go – the parachute will rise, keeping its mushroom shape momentarily.

Skills Learned – team work, timing and rhythm, listening skills, the basics of parachute play

2. Popcorn:

Instructions – Holding the parachute waist high, have the kids start moving the parachute up and down erratically, creating waves with the parachute. Begin throwing light plastic or foam balls onto the parachute. See how many you can get on there!

For a twist – Have a few kids get underneath the parachute and try to knock the items off the parachute by hitting them from underneath.

Skills learned – team work, hand-eye coordination, observation

3. Rollerball:

Instructions – Hold the parachute waist high. Have one child at a time lift the parachute going around the circle – creating a wave effect similar to that at a sports game. Put a beach ball on the outer rim of the parachute and have the kids continue the wave effect. The goal is to keep the ball going in a circle around the parachute.

For a twist – As they get the technique and basics down, see how fast they can go and try switching directions.

Skills Learned – team work, patience, hand-eye coordination, timing

4. All Change:

Instructions – Start with the parachute at waist level. On the count of three, have the kids lift the parachute over their head with straight arms and hold it there. As they do this, call out a birthday month, a color of the parachute segment, an age, etc. At that moment, all children let go of the parachute, letting it fall slowly and the kids fitting the attribute you have called out will run to the center and find a new empty space before the parachute falls.

For a twist – Make it a trivia game as well! Use a sentence instead of an attribute for those who need to run. For example: Instead of saying anyone who is 10 yrs old – say anyone whose age is 6 + 4.

Skills Learned – observation, agility and speed, good sportsmanship

5. Shark! Or Jaws!:

Instructions – Space kids evenly around the parachute, sitting down with legs outstretched and holding the parachute at chest level. Choose one child to be the Shark. As the rest of the group makes slight rippling effects on the parachute, the Shark wanders around under the parachute looking for a victim. When they have chosen their victim, they touch their ankle and that child is now a second shark.

For a twist – To make the game last longer, time the game. Have the Shark take their victim’s place after tagging them. The last person as the Shark at the end of the timed session is now out.

Skills Learned – patience, timing, good sportsmanship

How to Homeschool without Breaking the Bank

homeschool Homeschooling is an option parents are increasingly deciding to make.They are becoming dissatisfied with the public school system, and they want to ensure their children receive a quality education. One thing many people do not realize, though, is this quality can be costly! When one considers most homeschooling families are, of necessity, one income households, it becomes especially important to manage these costs. Here are some tips on how to keep your costs down without sacrificing excellence:

  • Utilize the library. Your public library is a wealth of resources, from books, to DVDs, to special offerings like lectures and classes.

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  • Use community resources. State parks offer classes for kids. Community gardens often welcome participation. There are volunteer opportunities abound, not just in charitable organizations, but in places like theaters and symphony halls. What better way to teach children about the world than to get them involved in their local community?
  • Share and share alike. Why not form a co-op or barter goods and services? Parents can get together to educate their children, taking turns teaching and sharing curriculum. If you’re not the founding type, find a group already in existence and join up! You’ll not only save money, but you’ll also make valuable friendships.
  • Utilize educator discounts. Often, bookstores and other retailers will extend the same benefits to homeschool educators that they give to teachers. Don’t hesitate to ask!
  • Know your area. Some states allow homeschoolers access to public school resources. Take some time to learn the local statutes and regulations. You may be surprised to find a treasure trove of resources.
  • Don’t be afraid to buy second hand. Yard sales, Ebay, and kids’ consignment shops are all good places to look for educational materials, and some homeschool groups even host curriculum sales.
  • Get plugged in. Sign up for emails from homeschool groups, curriculum websites, and even local museums and attractions. You’ll be in the loop when educational materials you’ve been eyeing go on sale, if the zoo has a free day, or when the museum has its annual membership drive and lowers prices.
  • Remember that the world is your classroom. Learning is not limited to a classroom and textbooks. A day spent hiking can turn into a valuable lesson on local flora and fauna. Visiting historical sites brings home history in a way simply reading about it does not.

homeschool As you can see, there are many ways to cut expenses without reducing the impact of the experience. Once you get started, you’ll come up with your own strategies for saving as well. Remember to think outside the box, isn’t this the kind of creative thinking homeschooling is all about?

How to Make President’s Day Come Alive for your Students

“History is boring” is often the general consensus of school kids. It’s a failure of educators to take something as thrilling as the establishment of our nation and reduce it to a series of facts and dates, only to be regurgitated back out of bored little minds who won’t retain much of it past college. As home educators, let’s shake it up and help the next generation understand that history is a living thing with real people, and it’s still being created!

President’s Day is the third Monday in February, and it’s a great chance to spark their imaginations and get them thinking of Washington and Lincoln as inspirational people, not just old men that lived long ago. Let’s look at some ways to do this:

• Why not manage a Presidential campaign? Have your kids pretend Washington and Lincoln are alive today and running for President. What would be a good way to promote them? Imagination comes into play; they can create videos, write commercial spots, and anything else their modern brains can come up with!

• There are so many entertaining ways to learn history, from animated DVDs, to coloring books, to puzzles and games. You could even “take the day off” from schoolwork in honor of the holiday and spend it watching movies, creating posters, and playing games, all using exciting educational materials regarding these two great men.

• Play dress up! Have students design their own Washington and Lincoln costumes. There’s nothing like some baby powder in the hair or a stovepipe hat made of poster board to get kids laughing, and amused kids become involved kids.

• Write some letters. Have students write a letter to George Washington or Abraham Lincoln about a troubling issue. Then write back, as the President, addressing the issue and asking relevant questions. See how long you can keep it going back and forth!

• Skip the cherry tree. Instead of traveling over ground that’s been well worn, find some facts about the Presidents that you may not have known before. Keeping it interesting for you, the educator, helps to make it interesting for your students. Did you know:

o George Washington never went to college. He joined the British Royal Navy at age 14.

o Abraham Lincoln was self-educated and had only eighteen months of schooling.

o Washington was the only founding father to free his slaves; he freed all 124 of them in his will.

o Lincoln was born in Kentucky, making him the first President from west of the Appalachians.

o George Washington was the product of a second marriage and grew up with nine brothers and sisters.

o Abraham Lincoln didn’t fish or hunt because he loved animals. He liked to wrestle, though.

As you can see, there’s a lot to intrigue students about these two men. Have fun this President’s Day breathing new life into an old topic!

Black History Month – It’s Not Too Late to Celebrate!

In the midst of Black History Month, focusing on the national, social, scientific, and political contributions of African Americans such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and Harriet Tubman opens the door for diverse learning experiences. In honor of this month, take a field trip to a landmark of the civil rights movement, watch a biography on DVD, or listen to a Presidential speech. Nest Learning offers a wide array of products to bring these subjects to life. And while you’re sparking your children’s imaginations, here are some interesting trivia facts to share with them:

• Allensworth, California was built in 1908 as an all-black city, self-sufficient and free from racism. It is the only town in California to have been founded, financed, and governed solely by African Americans. In 1974, California State Parks purchased land within the historical township and created Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park.

• African American entrepreneur Wally Amos, known for his “Famous Amos” cookies, had previously been a talent agent at the William Morris agency, working with such notable acts as Simon and Garfunkel and the Supremes.

• Trumpeter Louis Armstrong earned money and bought his first coronet when he was only seven years old and taught himself to play while living in a home for juvenile delinquents.

• Performer Josephine Baker smuggled military intelligence to our French allies during World War II by pinning secrets inside her dress or writing them on her sheet music in invisible ink.

• The design of our nation’s capital, Washington DC, is credited in part to black scientist and mathematician Benjamin Banneker.

• After a long and fruitful career, actress and singer Pearl Bailey earned her bachelor’s degree in theology from Georgetown University in 1985 – at the age of 67.

• In addition to her career in politics as US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice is an accomplished pianist and has played with such greats as Yo Yo Ma and Aretha Franklin. She has even performed for Queen Elizabeth.

• Baseball hall-of-famer Jackie Robinson helped to establish the African-American owned and controlled Freedom Bank.

• Debi Thomas, who won a bronze medal in figure skating in the 1988 Winter Olympics, studied engineering at Stanford before becoming an orthopedic surgeon.

There’s a wealth of information on people from a wide array of career paths and interests to evoke your child’s interest in Black History. It’s not too late – honor Black History Month in your lesson plan today.

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