Please be in prayer for our family as we travel to South Africa to spend time with extended family.

The Virtual Fridge will be hosted over at A Glimpse of Our Life until the 20th of November.

The Homeschool Mother's Journal will be resuming on Friday the 21st of November.

Be sure to check in for updates on our South African Adventure over the next six weeks.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Tales of WORDISHURE Book II {Tuesday's Treasures}


Last year I had the privilege of reviewing this gorgeous book for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine.

"Wordishure where you will continue to learn that God’s Word is sure. Meet fun characters with delightful names  illustrating their character. See how they live out biblical principles and use God’s word as an absolute plumb line..."  

You can read more about this lovely book over at The Old Schoolhouse Magazine.

Blessings
Chareen
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Monday, 13 October 2014

Family Toolbox {Review}


I am always stunned and amazed at God's perfect timing in my life.  Even though I've been on this parenting journey for just over 21 years each week still has it's own challenges and as a parent I'm always on the look out for positive, supportive parenting tools.  Last year I share with you The Christian Parenting Handbook resource from National Center for Biblical Parenting.

Today I would like to share with you about The Family Toolbox. I have really enjoyed using this amazing new resource.  It is so easy to use and takes very little time from my day to be encouraged and equiped as a parent with excellent principles for the every day conflicts in my home.

What we received
  • Download version The Family Toolbox
  • Lesson 1 - It starts with the Heart
  • Lesson 2 - Following Instructions Well
  • Lesson 3 - Handling Pressure without losing your cool
  • Lesson 4 - Value of Correction
  • Lesson 5 - The importance of Responsibility
  • Lesson 6 - Accepting No as an answer
  • Lesson 7 - Dealing with your own Anger
  • Lesson 8 - Consider the Needs of Others
  • Family Toolbox Manual (41 pages)
Read more about each lesson and the sixteen life principles your family will learn during the lessons over at Biblical Parenting.

Life Principles learned
  1. Be Respectful Even When It's Hard.
  2. Develop Internal Motivation
  3. Develop Healthy Habits for Following Instructions
  4. Look for Ways to Contribute to Family Life.
  5. Solve Problems Instead of Generating Conflict.
  6. Instead of Sarcasm Develop the Skills of a Peacemaker
  7. Learn to Value Correction.
  8. Apologize Well.
  9. Develop a Plan for Being Responsible.
  10. Take Responsibility for Your Mistakes.
  11. Train Yourself to Accept No as an Answer.
  12. Avoid Arguing.
  13. View Your Family as a Team and Look for Ways to Work Together.
  14. Learn Self-Control to Manage Anger.
  15. Practice Flexibility When Plans Change.
  16. Learn to Handle Unfairness Well.

How we used it

The Family Toolbox is a DVD/video-driven program that brings parents and teens together for constructive dialogue around significant issues of discipleship. Conversation is sparked by engaging video clips. Sixteen Life Success Principles are communicated through eight lessons that give parents and teens biblically-based, practical topics for discussion. The format grabs teens and gets them interacting.

Part One: The first part is for parents only.  You will watch the short dramatic sketch and follow it with the lesson which is your TOOLBOX. This is a 10-minute teaching session for parents featuring the host Gerado Davila with  Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN who equip us with practical tools to use right away. 

Part Two:  As a family watch the dramatic sketch, this is a 1-2 minute video dramatizing a common challenge experienced by many families around the world.

Part Three:  Here you use the support material to  facilitate discussion with your tween / teen.  This is found in the Family Toolbox Manual (41 pages).  Each session is four pages.
  1. Page one is a parent page.  
  2. Page 2 - 4.  There are discussion questions, bibilical references, life principles and conclussion.  
Discussion will take no longer than 10 - 15 minutes.

Sample

Cost of the Family Toolbox
  • Download version $79.95
  • Shipped Product (book & Dvds) $99.95 plus shipping
  • Church program Download $159.95
  • Church program printed / dvd version $179.95 plus shipping

Recommended Age Range
The Family Toolbox is designed for families with children ten years old and up and is an excellent resource for small groups.

Connect with The Family Toolbox

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It's so good to have these mentors right there in my home to support me in my parenting and point me back to the plumb line of scripture and equip me with practical solutions to issues of the heart.  Thank you so much to National Center for Biblical Parenting for the gift of The Family Toolbox, it's 30 minutes that's transforming our family and would recommend it to all families out there with tweens and teens.

Blessings
Chareen

Family Toolbox Church Kit from Scott Turansky on Vimeo.

Also, please join us for The Family Toolbox Facebook Party on Thursday, October 16, 8-10PM ET where there will be even more great prizes, an opportunity to ask your parenting questions, and lots of fun and fellowship! The winner of this giveaway will be announced at the Facebook party!

RSVP for the Party here: Family Toolbox Facebook Party 


Family Toolbox Facebook Party




Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Homeschool Bloggers Wanted!



The Schoolhouse Review Crew will soon be opening applications for the 2015 crew year.

Application Criteria
  • An active blog.  You need to post a minimum of one post a week. Once you join the crew you will need to still post one non-review post a week for the duration of the year.
  • Be a home schooling Mom or Dad.  You don't need to be home educating all of your children, as long as you have one.
  • You will need to be active on one social media platform.  The platform you choose is up to you.  You will need to commit to promoting your reviews on this platform for the duration of 2015.
  • A commitment to check the forum regularly as this is where the Review Management Team communicate with the crew.
  • A commitment to using the review products assigned to you for an approximately six weeks in your home school and write a review.  There are deadlines and requirements for each review.
For a more detailed list of requirements please read more on the Schoolhouse Review Crew website.

My thoughts
I have loved every minute of being on the crew for the last two years. Here are some of the things I've appreciated
  1. I have had amazing support and encouragement from the management team Kate, Marcy and Debra.
  2. Blogging technical support
  3. Homeschool support and encouragement
  4. Training opportunities
  5. As a self confessed book and curriculum junkie I get to see sneak peaks of new and upcoming products within the homeschool community.
  6. Blog hop opportunities
  7. Friendship
  8. Prayer support
  9. We have been blessed with over $1500.00 worth of curriculum during the 2014 crew year.
If you would like the opportunity to join the Schoolhouse Review Crew 2015, watch the blog next week. You can subscribe to the Schoolhouse blog so you don’t miss the announcement.

Hope to be on crew with you in the new year
Blessings
Chareen

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