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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Joy of Learning about Space

When a child looks up and sees the small dots of light shimmering against the night sky, the moon shifting over the earth or the sun setting on the horizon, he cannot help but be filled with both awesome wonder and a profound smallness before a great and mighty God. This is the joy of learning about space!

Exploring Creation with Astronomy magnifies this wonder in a child's heart. Oh, how children love knowledge. They simply love to learn things in great detail. With this book, your child will finally know, not only the what, but also the why of astronomy. He will grasp why the stars twinkle, how the moon's phases make it appear to change shape, how the position of the planets protects the earth, why the earth is the most unique planet in the whole universe and so many more fascinating facts. With this in depth look at the worlds God created and the way He designed everything, your child will grow not only more scientifically intelligent, but wiser in his faith as well.

One mother wrote to me explaining how, three years after reading the textbook to her child, her daughter still spews space facts whenever she has the opportunity. Another mother commented that her three year old, who typically plays Legos while the other children listen to her read, has memorized all the planets in order, taking every opportunity to display this knowledge to the world.

Elementary science should be a joy to both parents and their children. I wrote the Young Explorer Series in the hopes that it would ignite a love for learning, a love for science and a love for our Creator.

O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.
How great Thou art!



Monday, April 18, 2016

Apologia Audio Books

We all know that homeschooling is harder on some days than on others. When tears are flowing and the kids are slow as molasses, just getting through the three R’s can be a huge feat. We find ourselves letting everything else slideyou know, like science and history or art and literature. It’s okay. It happens to everyone. But Apologia has a solution. The Apologia Young Explorer Audio Books are designed to make teaching science easy, when life isn’t. At the push of a button, science gets done. Not only do the audio books give mom the break she deserves, they are hugely beneficial in many other ways. Here’s how:

Books are Read by the Author
When the author reads her own book, the listening experience is more authentic because children get to hear the original voice behind the text. The energy and emphasis written on the page is expressed and heard clearly and correctly. I think your children will find the audio books pleasant to listen to, and you will find them an easier way for your children to learn.

Vocabulary is Correctly Pronounced
All of the Apologia Young Explorer books are filled with new vocabulary words, often from Latin roots. Using the audio book guarantees your children will learn the correct pronunciation of important and foundational science terms.

Children with Learning Disabilities are Helped
Parents of children with learning disabilities have extolled the benefits of the audio books. From autism and learning delays to reading challenges, children struggling with these issues have benefitted greatly by listening to the book while holding the physical copy in their hands. Struggling readers can follow along while recognizing words, sentence structure and word pronunciation. What a great way for children with learning challenges to be helped.

Course Completion is Attained
Let’s face it, when spring fever hits, the motivation to finish all that curriculum we started in the fall wanes. We’re tempted to skip pages or chapters in the book, or even just let the whole subject fall by the wayside. Using audio books encourages completion of the subject because your kids are able to learn without your energy and presence. By using the audio books, science might be the only subject that gets covered in its entirety.

On the go Families can School Efficiently
Families that spend hours each week in the car can make wise use of that time by listening to science. Learning becomes more efficient (and the car ride more interesting) as this important subject is covered using the audio books. The experiments and activities can be saved for later when you get home.

Moms Busy with Babies are Supported
When you have babies or small children in the home, it’s often difficult to find the quiet time needed to read science aloud. The audio books are very useful for families in this stage. They can be listened to with earphones or can be played in a quiet area for the whole family to enjoy. The Apologia audio books provide the support busy moms need to make science happen!

Bedtime Wind Down is Educational
Why does science have to be taught during the day? I taught many subjects at bedtime reading hour. You can easily use the audio books as your children’s bedtime story, allowing them to wind down while they learn. They can rise in the morning and do the activities, either on their own or with your help. Wouldn’t it be nice for your children to learn about God’s wonderful creation just before they fall asleep?

Special Science Interests are Satisfied
With Apologia science, spending a year on one subject means everyone learns together. I always recommend families learn together because it makes schooling more fun and encourages family unity, bringing joy to learning as you discover the world together. However, as you journey along, a child may develop a special interest in a science topic you aren’t covering that year. Why not allow that child to learn the subject on his own? With the Apologia audio books, independent study becomes an easy option for the curious child of any age.

It’s easy to see there are so many benefits to using the Apologia audio books. Perhaps it’s time to give your homeschool that extra edge by making science easy-breezy. Go to the Apologia website and give them a listen! 





Thursday, March 3, 2016

Immersion Science

Watch this video to learn why the Immersion Approach to science is the best way to teach and learn!


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A Godly Mother: Godliness is Not Perfection


Abraham Lincoln said, "I regard no man as poor who has a godly mother."