Meeting Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

I resisted all the way: a new thing for me. . . . The fact is, I was a trifle beside myself; or rather out of myself, as the French would say: I was conscious that a moment’s mutiny had already rendered me liable to strange penalties, and, like any other rebel slave, I felt resolved, in my desperation, to go all lengths. (Jane Eyre, Chapter 2)

Jane is an orphaned child, and her story begins, as indicated by the quote above, as one of an abused child beginning to find her own inner strength. Her story is one of a powerful woman, as she journeys to self-awareness and searches for love and her place in a complicated world. Continue reading

Homeschool Review ~ Apologia Educational Ministries

What evidence is there that tells us that the Bible is reliable? How were the books of the Old and New Testament chosen? Why are some books and letters left out of the Bible? Why are Catholic Bibles different from other Bibles?

ApologiaHow would you answer these question? CAN you answer these question? The scripture tell us that we should always be ready to give a defense for what we believe, but if one doesn’t really understand what one believes, then that is a problem. This is one reason why I think the Apologia Education Ministries iWitness series from Doug Powell is so important.

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Four Surprising Reasons to Read 19th Century Literature

19th century literatureIt is eleven weeks until Christmas.

Eleven.

Where did this year go?

If you are like me, you have gobs of things you wanted to do, people to see, and places to go.

But there doesn’t. seem. to. be. enough. time.

Especially to read good literature. But I have gotten to the point that I am thirsting for good books to read. After the Bible, I really think people should expand their minds while reading a well-written book. Not fluff, mind you. But something that will exercise one’s vocabulary and thought processes. Continue reading

Embezzlement ~ Acts 4-5 {Object Lesson}

Acts 4 and 5

Objectives:

  • To explain that we cannot deceive God; God will not be mocked
  • To list events Acts 4-5
  • To describe that honesty is a character trait that God desires

Materials: Inductive Bible Study Form; pictures of cute, or beautiful, animals that are deadly (I used the Blue Ring Octopus, Poison Dart Frog, and the Platypus.)

Geography: Israel; Jerusalem

Background: After the day of Pentecost, Peter and John went to the temple to pray around 3:00 in the afternoon. At the same time, a lame man was being carried by some people and placed at his normal spot to beg for money, or alms. He was a poor man, lame from birth. The lame man saw Peter and John and asked for alms. Instead, God healed him!

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Walking and Leaping and Praising ~ Acts 3 {Object Lesson}

Acts 3

Objectives:

  • To explain prayer as a way to ask God to bless us with what is best in each circumstance and to praise Him when he does
  • To list events Acts 3
  • To describe God’s best for us does not mean we receive it immediately

Materials: Inductive Bible Study Form; 3 non-seethrough cups (label them 1, 2 and 3); 1 quarter; $1 bill; $20 bill

Geography: Israel; Jerusalem

Background: On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit swooped down onto the disciples in power and over 3,000 people were added to the newly formed church.

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Survey Results are in! YOU Have Spoken!!

Thank you! Thank you to all of you who took a few minutes out of your day to complete the short survey I publicized last week. The information you shared has been VERY positive and VERY valuable! {By the way, I hope you like the NEW LOOK!!}

I won’t waste your time with the details, but I did want to share just a few things:

1. More Bible Lessons!

I hear you! Relevant! Simple! Fresh! Truth! Age-appropriate! Application! Preparation! All of this is fantastic! All of the Bible Lessons that I teach are focused on children from K-6th grade. But there are times I teach the younger ones the lesson slightly different than I do the older children. I am going to do a better job at showing you how to adapt the lessons for the ages. Also, I am still working my way through my “first ever blogged” lessons and updating them. Continue reading

On Fire for Jesus ~ Acts 1 and 2 {Object Lesson}

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Acts 1 and 2 {Object Lesson}

Objectives:

  • To explain who the Holy Spirit is
  • To list events of Acts 1 and 2
  • To describe a spirit-filled life

Materials: Inductive Bible Study Form; two $10 bills; towel; lighter; glass bowl {fill with 1/2 cup of 91% rubbing alcohol, 1/2 cup of water, and 1/4 tsp of salt}; metal tongs (allow the $10 bill to soak in the bowl for at least 5 minutes while you talk); fire extinguisher (just in case!)

**DISCLAIMER: This should not be done with children sitting close to you and do not get your fingers wet.

Acts1.1

Geography: Israel; Jerusalem

Background: After Jesus rose from the grave, He appeared to His followers over the duration of 40 days.

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