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Welcome, my beloved readers!

In case you're wondering, it's not a typo up there for you see the definition of goodly is:

used as an adjective to describe something
1. of ample or good size, ex: a goodly amount.
2. of a fine appearance, ex: a goodly young man.
3. Archaic. of good quality, ex: a goodly gift.

I am a mother who home educates her children; I would be pleased if you'd look around. You never know if I might have something to your liking. I've blogged about different topics. I hope you enjoy your stay here. May God bless you with peace, a renewing of your mind, and rest as you read my posts.

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Thanks to all for your patience as I have been on the mend. I had double heart bypass surgery in February of 2013, and I needed to focus on my recovery, which has been in steady progress. Thanks for your kind consideration.


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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Living Through the Suffering: My Contemplation of Verse 42 of the Tao Te Ching

Dr. Dyer's book is Change your Thoughts--Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao.

Today, I am focusing on verse 42 of the Tao Te Ching, particularly this portion:


People suffer at the thought of being
without parents, without food, or without worth,
Yet this is the very way that
kings and lords once described themselves.
For one gains by losing,
and loses by gaining.


Suffering is a human condition.  Believe me, I'm a human, and I am suffering right now.  I have pain in my body and in my heart.  I am without parents to turn to when I feel lonely and misunderstood.  I am without good health.

On the other hand, I also have other things.  I have a home and cars.  I have a laptop and printer.  I have countless things in my house.  I have an overabundance of possessions, more than I ever had before, when I was a child.

There's a give and take to life.

When you grow up poor, you learn to appreciate what you gain as the years pass.  I now have a wonderful husband.  I turn to see him right next to me sleeping in our bed.  I get up and kiss my babies, who aren't really babies.  I visit my Facebook and read about my friends' lives.

Yes, I am living without certain things and people in my life.  Yet, I have many things and people in my life, too.  I am very grateful.  For example, as the verse above shows, the a king becomes a king because his parents pass away.  You can see that even a king suffers.

Now, I am in pain.  Tomorrow, I will feel better.  This pain is temporary.  Someday, I will definitely lose this pain.  It's up to God if that means I will pass away (and have the ultimate healing) or experience better health while my body lives on in this world.

Thanks for reading today's post.  
I appreciate it very much.  
I hope this post blesses you, my dear readers.

I've got some questions for you: Are you suffering right now?  What do you think about your suffering?  Doesn't it sometimes drive you crazy?  How do you get through the pain?  Do you turn to God?  I pray that would pray to God for His help.  He is sure to help you.

May God bless you, my beloveds, with His wisdom and peace, in Jesus' name.  Amen!

This has been an entry for Wisdom Wednesdays.


I am currently drawing inspiration from Dr. Wayne W. Dyer's book and the 81 verses of the Chinese wisdom book the Tao Te Ching.
 
 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

U is for USB Flash Drives




I'm currently participating in 
an ABC's for homeschooling challenge.  
Since it falls on Tuesdays, 
I am adding a technological slant to the challenge.  
I hope you stay tuned and enjoy my entries.


Our USB flash drives closed

Over the years of my home schooling adventures, I have accumulated a lot of computer files.  There have been different ways to save them.  I still remember the square floppy disks.  Do you, my readers?  We've come a long way.

My teenage son is the who taught me how to use a USB flash drive.

I've used CDs to save worksheets and pdfs but have gravitated towards USB flash drives.  I wondered what that acronym, USB, means so I looked it up.  According to Wikipedia, USB means Universal Serial Bus.  Basically, the ability to connect things to the computer was streamlined.  The sticks, as I like to call them, are now able to be plugged into a computer, laptop, printer, and even the Wii game system.

I think of the USB stick busing in the information to and from a computer.

Currently, we own various type of flash drives, which hold either 4 or 8 gigabytes of memory.  There are higher capacity ones up to about 128 gigabytes at AmazonCan you imagine carrying a bunch of physical binders of teaching material?  It's so much easier now to carry a plastic stick that weighs less than an ounce.

By the time we know it, I believe we'll see a terabyte in a small stick.

Of course, I should mention that if your computer or laptop is running low in memory space, there is a solution.  A flash drive can soup it up.  I haven't used any sticks for that purpose, though.  You can also use the sticks to backup your data, in case your computer or laptop breaks or crashes.  If you want to learn more about USB flash drives, you can visit Wikipedia.

I used a flash drive to move my files from my last desktop computer to my laptop.


Our USB flash drives opened

Here are some novelty flash drivesEmtec has some funky ones like the Teddy bear above.  Geeks.com has some of different capacities.  I haven't bought directly from any of these companies.  I'm just wanting to show the different types of flash drives that are available through online companies.  We've bought our flash drives at stores like Walmart and Office Depot.


Well, thanks for reading this entry about how we've used USB flash drives in our home.  

Next week, I will be covering the letter V.  
Please stay tuned!


How about you, my readers?  Do your use technology in your home schools?  Have you considered using technology to hold any of your homeschooling material?  If so, which technological tools do you use?  I believe in finding technological tools to help in the home school.  I encourage you to consider using USB drives to save your electronic information.

I pray that God gives you all, my beloveds, His wisdom and peace.
This has been an entry for the Technology Tuesdays series.

Monday, August 29, 2011

My Internet Findings About Inflammation

Book about inflammation is tagged.

I am suffering one of the worse episodes of inflammation.  I've had the most severe itching ever.  I tried taking an antihistamine.  I tried using Aveeno with Menthol, which usually helps tamp down the itching.  I know hormones usually bring the inflammation along, but this time it was so unbearable.

I suspect a peanut allergy.  It might be mild.  The worse I think is that I ate a lot of chips at once.  I had fasted away from the chips for a few weeks.  I started craving them so I gave in, and that was a big mistake.

I found some websites about inflammation.  I found out about foods that cause inflammation.  I have found out about foods that fight inflammation.  I can say that I just ate some red grapes and raw almonds, and I feel a little better.  Also, I recently had a discussion with my husband about our need to get away from processed foods. 

I have to say that stress could have bought on a case of hives.  I know that stress aggravates my skin condition.  I had been stressing about my kids starting up home schooling again.  I feel better now because I have addressed the preparation of my children's learning material.  I have also finished my writing course; Yes!

I feel a deep sense of desperation.  I hate feeling like I want to crawl out of my skin.  I tell you, my readers, about this in case anyone feels like I do.  I am sincerely hoping that changing what I eat will help me.  I am going to comb through these websites in more detail because I think the food is the key to my healing.

God has created the raw foods for a reason.  The answer is in the fruits, vegetables, almonds, salmon, and coconut and olive oil.  You can comb through the websites and glean much about what inflammation is.  We, as a society, have gotten away from the healthy foods in favor of convenience.  We must move back to the basics in the food chain; I think that's the only way for us to recover our health.

I want all of us to get healthier.  That's why I am sharing my journey with you.  Everyday that I learn what affects my health is a step forward.  My prayer is that it will benefit you all that I am sharing this very personal journey.  May God open our eyes to the reality of the food that has been sold to us.


The following are the websites I found, which discuss inflammation:

*Information on inflammation--
  
  




*Foods to eat--





Well, thanks for reading about my thoughts on inflammation and my internet findings.  I hope this compilation of websites helps someone.

How about you, my readers?  How are you all doing?  Have you struggled with your health?  Are you suffering with inflammation?  I encourage you to consider bite-size changes in your life, gradually accumulating the better habits in your life.  If you need to improve your health, in any form, please ask God to help you.  Surely, He will, if you pray for His guidance.

This is an entry for Medical Mondays.  For past entries, click here.

Disclaimer: The viewpoints that I discussed here are just my opinions.  Please consult your physician before altering anything relating to your health.  I am only suggesting here to take charge of your health.  Don't just leave your health in the hands of your doctors; become your own advocate.  You know best how your body is doing.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Am I in Contempt in God's Eyes?

The Bible says not to be a scoffer.

1 Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with scoffers.  2 But they delight in doing everything the LORD wants; day and night they think about his law.  3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season without fail. Their leaves never wither, and in all they do, they prosper.  4 But this is not true of the wicked. They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind.  5 They will be condemned at the time of judgment. Sinners will have no place among the godly.  6 For the LORD watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.   --Psalm 1:1-6 New Living Translation   1 How well God must like you - you don't hang out at Sin Saloon, you don't slink along Dead-End Road, you don't go to Smart-Mouth College.  2 Instead you thrill to God's Word, you chew on Scripture day and night.    --Psalm 1:1-2 The Message  1 Happy is the man who does not go in the company of sinners, or take his place in the way of evil-doers, or in the seat of those who do not give honour to the Lord.  --Psalm 1:1 The Bible in Basic English   What is scoffing?   I'm often stunned at how negative I speak.  I'm always tired.  I'm always stressed out.  I'm often worried about something.  What about reading the Bible to figure out how to deal with my situations?  Should I stand around complaining about all the horrible things that happen to me?  Should I make fun of someone's high voice?  Should I gossip about that person with others at the cooler?  What does verse one mean?   Come on, I am a great complainer, but I want to stop complaining about this or that.  I want to know what scoffing, scorning, and acting in contempt mean.  When I look up the word scoff, it leads me to those other vague words--scorn and contempt.  When I hear these words, scorn, scoff, and contempt, I get confused.  Do you get confused, my dear readers?  You can be honest.  When this happens, it's time to get out the dictionary or search for the definitions of the words in the internet.  The word scoff means to scorn, deride or have contempt for someone or something.  To scorn or deride means to mock or jeer.  In easy words, if you make fun of someone or speak horribly to someone, you are practicing all of these things--deriding, practicing contempt, scorning, or scoffing.    When I think of the word contempt, I think of being in contempt of court.  It's like when a judge tells a person who is in his court to stop disrespecting.  The person keeps disrespecting.  That person is in contempt of court.   Now, you might be thinking, "Is she calling me out on this?"  The reality is that I am guilty of this myself.  Sometimes, I get upset about someone who, for example, is standing in my way in an aisle at Walmart, oblivious to my need to pass through.  I then say something bad under my breath, like, "Ugh, these people...I wish they would get out of my way."   For one, what if he is asking his wife about the grocery list?  What if he's talking to a troubled family member or friend?  Whatever the situation, I should not hate him just because he is in front of me.  I don't have a right to scorn him.  Second, what am I teaching my children?  Oh, this is a hard one.  Am I teaching my children that life is unbearable and that everyone around me is just there to annoy me?   What do you think my kids will do if I keep doing that?  You guessed it--they will take after me.  They will mock those around them.   The word scorn means to have hatred for someone or something.  Do you hate your job?  Do you hate someone?  Or do you make fun of someone?  If you have a deep dislike for something or someone, then you are scorning.      The antidote to scoffing is to do as God wishes and to think on the laws of God.  That would bring honor to God.   Instead of complaining, talking negatively, and making fun of people, I should get into the Word of God.  I should turn to the Bible.  If I have problems, I should pray to God for solutions and be ready to follow through with whatever God tells me to do.   Thanks so much for reading today's blog entry about being in contempt and its consequences.  I appreciate you taking the time to read it.
 How about you, my readers?  Are you guilty of mocking people?  What about hating something?  Are you bringing honor to God?  I encourage you to read the Bible, especially Psalm 1.  I think it's worth understanding this concept of scoffing at something or someone.  Knowing this can help you seek help from the real God who holds the ultimate power to affect your life in a wonderful way.
 God bless you all, my dear friends, with His wisdom and peace.  In Jesus' name.  Amen! 
This has been an entry for the Spiritual Sundays series. 


To compile this mini- bible study, I visited: http://www.biblestudytools.com/


Saturday, August 27, 2011

Versatile Chicken



I was in the mood to eat chicken tacos.  Not everyone embraces them like I do.  That's why I have to make versatile meals.  This time I went for easy.  


The ingredients for chicken tacos are:

at least 1 lb. chicken breast tenders

about 2 quarts of water to boil

yellow corn tortillas

lemon pepper

salsa

Pilgrim's chicken breast tenders
Mrs. Dash lemon pepper flavor
Mission yellow corn tortillas
Pace salsa for the tacos

Boiled chicken breast tenders

This time, I boiled about two pounds of chicken breast tenders.  The only thing I added was Mrs. Dash's lemon pepper for seasoning.


Chicken breast tenders chopped up

Once I knew that the chicken was done, I took about half of the tenders out of what became broth and cut them up with a knife.

Tortillas filled with chicken breast tender pieces

Then, I grabbed two corn tortillas and filled them with some of the shredded chicken.  I poured some salsa onto the chicken and closed the tortilla up like an enchilada.  I poured some more of the salsa on top of the tortillas.


Chicken tacos in the microwave oven
Chicken tacos covered to avoid splatter

I took the microwave safe plate, which was carrying the chicken tacos, and put it in the microwave to soften the tortillas and warm the salsa.  I covered the plate with another similar plate just so the inside of the microwave wouldn't receive the splatter of the salsa.  I left a gap for air to escape.

The result was delicious!  Of course, I added my rice and beans to the side of my tacos.


Salad ingredients available at the table

I made the croutons, diced tomatoes (not shown), ranch dressing, and spinach available for those who wanted to make a salad


Daughter's chicken salad

Since I know the kids are not in favor of tacos with salsa, I gave them the alternative of eating the chicken tacos plain.  I let them know that they could eat the chicken by itself--diced or whole chicken breast tenders.  I even told my teenage daughter that she could eat a chicken salad.

Everyone ate what they wanted, and I did not force my kids to eat my type of chicken tacos.  


Son's spinach salad

One son had a spinach salad without the chicken because he had already eaten some of the shredded chicken by itself.

I think it's more important to encourage the children to eat spinach, which is healthy for you, than to berate a child for not trying out a salsa-filled taco.  Don't you agree?

I'm coming back to the leftover chicken that I didn't cut up; I must say that I expected them to be leftover.  I was glad that my hubby had bought a big package of chicken.  It allowed me to cook all of the chicken at once for more than one meal.  I am hoping to use the whole chicken tenders for a soup later on.  The broth is there, and all I need to do is add the vegetables and some more spices.


Well, thanks for reading about how versatile a package of chicken tenders really is. 


I hope you enjoyed this blog entry and that you got some ideas for your own meals.
 
What about you, my readers? Do you like chicken tenders? What would you add or subtract from chicken tacos?  What would you make with chicken tenders?  I encourage you to get creative.  Don't shy away from allowing your family members to eat what they want to eat, as long as they are eating from the recommended food groups.

May God bless you with His peace and wisdom, my beloveds.

This has been an entry for Saturday Spreads. I hope you enjoyed it!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Doors of Cabinets and Cork Tiles

This is a before picture without cork tiles.

Last week, I blogged about How I Organized My Cabinet Shelves.  I had struggled with organizing my stuff, but I finally got some semblance of organization.  Today, I want to focus on the doors of the cabinet.  I had seen others putting the doors to their cabinets to good use.  I had already had a great start as you can see above.

On the right door, I already had a key chain holder.  I have highlighters on one ring.  I have dry erase markers on another ring.  On yet another ring, I have USB drive sticks.  In addition, there is a blue retractable pen. 

I also used a command hook to hold up a clipboard, which holds my daily affirmations list that Dr. Dyer created.  A calculator is hanging on that same hook. 


This Command hook was easy to install.
The instructions for the hooks are easy to follow.
Mounting putty is easy to use, too.

On the left door, I have a cute Carebear cutout that my daughter made for me.  On the back of it, she wrote me a dear note.  I love looking at the bear because it reminds me that she appreciates my mothering her.  I also have my makeshift schedule that I printed out.  I have that inside a sheet protector.  A mounting putty, which is like play dough, that teachers use for hanging up posters, is what is holding up my schedule and the Carebear picture.


This is a 4 count cork tile package.

When I was last at Big Lots, I saw the cork tiles in the office supply aisle.  I had already seen other women bloggers put these corkscrew boards to good use.  I knew that these packages were available somewhere.  That's why when I saw this package, I snatched it up quickly.  I knew what I would do with at least one of the tiles--install it on a door of my personal cabinet.  


This is the after picture with cork tiles.

I was disappointed when I opened the package.  I realized that the boards were too wide for an individual door.  My oldest son gave me a good idea.  Why not cut a tile in half.  It worked great, and the tile color blends in with the wood paneling color of the doors.  


Left side cork 1/2 tile holds long sticky notes and thumb tacks.
Right side of 1/2 tile holds notes.

I ended up with two boards that I could use to post bits of paper.  These notes keep me organized, believe it or not.  I am just like anyone else who writes notes on tiny paper and sticky notes.  Sometimes, I just need a catchall place to attach all those little notes, like grocery lists and recipes, that I make to myself.

As I mentioned before, I can keep all those notes on the doors of my cabinet.  At night, I can shut out the work by closing those doors.  Out of sight, the notes don't bother me because I can't see them anymore.  I like having a clean environment at night.  I like to wake up to a clutter free bedroom. 


This is my 11 yr.-old son's board.
This is the girls' board.

I asked my kids if they wanted a board.  Yes, they did.  Rafael pinned up his chore list and a collection of lollipop wrappers on his cork tile.  Don't ask me why, but my kids like to keep boxes and wrappers of their favorite candy.  Maybe they've picked up keeping collections from their parents.  Hmmm?

Not too long after I installed a cork tile in the girls' room, Iris and Rafael started a tug-of-war struggle, tearing up a newspaper comic strip page.  They noticed it was taking the shape of our state of Texas.  Well, they displayed it!  The cork tile was also decorated with peace symbol and panda bear stickers Dad had bought for the girls.  Iris has since pinned a to-do list on the board.
 
 
Well, thanks for reading about how I've utilized the doors to my cabinet and the cork tile, too.  I hope you got some good ideas to use in your own home.

Next week, I'd like to address what we've devised for a bedtime routine.  Stay tuned!

How about you, my readers?  Are you utilizing the doors to your cabinets?  I hope you would consider cork tiles, dry erase and/or chalkboards to jot down notes.  The internet is a perfect place to find ideas.  I believe looking at the Container Store and/or organizational websites can yield some inspiration.

May God bless you all with His wisdom and peace.

This entry has been part of the Family Fun Fridays series.


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Eighth Grade Curriculum Choices

This is a compilation of eighth grade material for my teen.

Every child is different.  What works for one child, might not work for another.  That's why I have a variety of material for each subject for each grade.    It's important to know how your child learns and where they might feel not so confident.  That's no different for home schooling my teenaged daughter.

Below, are the choices, for home schooling eighth grade, we made for my teen daughter, Iris:


Language Arts is from Saddleback Publishing.
This is a sample of Language Arts page.

I love this language arts workbook.  It has lots of visuals.  The information is in tables.  The answers in the back.  This is perfect for my little artist.


Writing choice is from Frank Schaffer Publications
This is a sample of writing page.

My daughter loves to write.  That's why I like this workbook.  It has lots of writing prompts.  Again, this workbook has pictures throughout.


Reading choice is from Creative Teaching Press.
This a sample page of the reading workbook.

I love this reading workbook.  It has high-interest topics.  The reading material is relevant to our times.  The sample above shows a reading passage and questions about the internet.


This is my daughter's spelling binder.

Spelling is housed in a binder.  Iris will be using a composition book to use her spelling words.  Like my oldest son, who has entered ninth grade, she is also using the page below to figure out what she wants to do with the words.  She highlighted her choices of how to deal with her words with a light blue highlighter.  Since she is artistic, she is drawing pictures.

Daughter has choice of how to handle spelling words.

I mentioned this before in another blog entry

I found the document, titled Differentiated Spelling Homework Menu (pictured above), from Charity Preston.  This document allows my children to study their spelling words as they choose.  I liked giving my children options on how to work with their spelling lists.  

I love getting free documents, and you, my readers, can find it at Teachers pay Teachers.  To access the document, you will have to subscribe to the website.  It is worth subscribing because you can find other free resources at the website.


These are alternate choices for spelling.

The picture above shows how my kids used to deal with their spelling words.  This is easy and doable.  I just wanted my kids to have a variety to deal with their words.  Its a means to spice up what could be a boring subject.


This is the website where I found the spelling words.
Scrolling down on page will yield a long list of words.
Puzzlemaker website is easy to use.
Puzzles I printed after making them at puzzlemaker.com.

I found the eighth grade spelling words at www.time4learning.com.  I simply split the words at about 10 per week.  I made these puzzles to make using the spelling words fun.  The website I used to make the puzzles is easy to use.  The website is www.puzzle-maker.com.



This is my history choice from Alpha Omega Publications.

For history, I love the AOP (Alpha Omega Publications), a Christian publisher.  Inside the box are ten workbooks, the last one being a review.  Also, the teacher's guide comes in it, with the answers to all the questions and tests.  I like that the workbooks have pictures throughout.


This is our 8th grade science from Bob Jones.

For eighth grade science, I chose Bob Jones.  Throughout the time I've home schooled, I've compiled books from all kinds of publishers for all subjects.  I am partial to the Christian-based ones.  The reason for that is that I am all for my children learning that God created earth and all its inhabitants.



Pre-Algebra workbook is from Mark Twain Media/Carson Dellosa Publishing.
This is a sample page of Pre-Algebra workbook.
This is a closeup of Pre-Algebra page.

The Mark Twain Media/Carson-Dellosa Publishing Company, Inc. is great at making workbooks that give lots of visuals, charts, and pictures for a student to understand their material.  The Mark Twain series is geared towards students who find it hard to understand a given subject.  I was really impressed with the reviews of these workbooks so I chose them for my kids for the math.
  
Of course, when my daughter finishes these workbooks and textbooks, we can always turn to other resources.  Also, if my daughter gets stuck in her math, we can turn to the internet for more help.  Getting into Algebra, for example, is scary to some students.  It doesn't have to be that way.  It's great to know that we can turn to other people, as in tutors, to help us help our children.

The books I've listed above can be found online (click on the picture captions).  Over the years, I have bought some of my material online, at yard sales, book swaps at local home school groups, and teacher book stores.  I like actually flipping through the workbooks like I did a few weeks ago at Lakeshore.  I asked my daughter for input as she would be the one using them.


Well, thanks for reading this entry about what I'm using to home school my eighth grader.  I hope I've given a unique idea of what could be included for teaching children in that grade.

How about you, my readers?  For those of you who home school, what are you using for eighth grade?  Are you satisfied with your curriculum choices?  I hope you find a good balance to fit your childrens' needs.

I pray that God helps us all, whether we are home schooling or are thinking of home schooling.


May God bless you all with His wisdom and peace, as you teach your children.

This has been an entry for Thorough Thursdays.  Hope you liked it.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Looking Beyond the Obvious: My Contemplation of Verse 41 of the Tao Te Ching

Dr. Dyer's book is Change your Thoughts--Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao.

Today, I am focusing on verse 41 of the Tao Te Ching, particularly these portions:

...The way of illumination seems dark,
going forward seems like retreat,
the easy way seems hard,
true power seems weak,
true purity seems tarnished,
true clarity seems obscure,
the greatest art seems unsophisticated,
the greatest love seems indifferent,
the greatest wisdom seems childish.

The Tao is hidden and nameless;
the Tao alone nourishes and brings everything to fulfillment.


Sometimes, things are not what they seem.

Little by little, as I've read the verses of the Tao Te Ching, my outlook on life has changed...for the better.  It has been a gradual practice to accept what is around me, and I am not 100% there, yet.  It hasn't been just a matter of looking at life in a positive way or noticing the obvious.  It's been a new way of looking at life.  It has meant accepting people and creatures for what they are--nature that reacts to the world.

For example, I was in extreme pain last week.  I could have looked at it in a negative way.  I decided, however, to pay attention to what my body was saying to me.  I "heard" my body say that it needed to rest so I stayed in bed.  I also realized that I need to eat healthier, which I purposed this week.

Yes, life is looking different to me.  It is like when a woman has childbirth pangs.  The woman doesn't like the pain.  The pain, though, signals contractions.  The contractions then help push the baby out.

Pain is a fact of life.

We need to start looking at the terrible situations in our lives as eventualities.  People pass away.  People leave us, for whatever reason.  Cars and appliances give out on us.  Our health has its ups and downs.  We are not the only ones to experience these terrible things.  We won't be the last ones, either, to go through trials and tribulations.

If we accept that the bad will come with the good, we are halfway to getting through life with our sanity intact.  Living out this truth will take us a long way.  If we stop overreacting to the inevitable situations in our lives, then we can live in peace.  Just because the birds outside chirp too much, it doesn't mean that we need to complain about it.  Why not stop and enjoy the bird's song?

Let's look at life with peace as the ultimate goal.

Even though some persons may not believe it, peace is just around the corner.  The Tao, or Source of peace (God, the Father) is here for us.  His peace is available to us.  We just have to grasp for it.  Although we might feel unloved by others, God's loves encompasses us.  

After all, God is omnipotent and omnipresent.

The next time I'm in pain, I'll remember that I should embrace the pain.  On the other side of the pain is an appreciation for what comes--total healing.  In the future when life seems difficult, I'll remember that God is here to make the way easier for me.  I hope that you, my readers, will hold this truth as your own, too.


Thanks for reading today's post.  
I appreciate it very much.  
I hope this post blesses you, my dear readers.

I've got some questions for you: Do you sometimes wonder if you are assessing a particular situation correctly?  Are you overreacting about every little "bad" thing that happens in your life?  Why not look at the next unsettling circumstance with a fresh, positive perspective?  You might find yourself in a more peaceable mood.  It's worth seeking God's help about the tendency to panic.  Go to Him now with your petitions.  He is sure to help you.

May God bless you, my beloveds, with His wisdom and peace, in Jesus' name.  Amen!

This has been an entry for Wisdom Wednesdays.


I am currently drawing inspiration from Dr. Wayne W. Dyer's book and the 81 verses of the Chinese wisdom book the Tao Te Ching.
 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

T is for Technology in the Home School



I'm currently participating in 
an ABC's for homeschooling challenge.  
Since it falls on Tuesdays, 
I am adding a technological slant to the challenge.  
I hope you stay tuned and enjoy my entries.


I love using technology in our home school.


For this entry, I wanted to find websites discussing technology being used in the home school.  I knew that I couldn't be the only person so gun ho on the idea of using technology to teach children.  I love what I found!  There are many websites that lead to other websites that allow children to use technology, like comic strip creation, in the classroom and/ or home school environment.  I also found articles and blogs that discussed the many facets and considerations to using technology in the home to teach.


I used the words, "technology to home school," in my search engine.  Here are the websites I found:

This is the most important question to ask.  Can such things as computers and software be beneficial to teach children?  I think if used right, technology can indeed be used to teach our children.  For example, my oldest, who is now fifteen years-old visited the website www.startfall.com when he was younger.  He learned how to read from that website, and he is now an avid reader.


This is a wonderful article that shows home schoolers might be at an advantage with regard to technology know how.  This article mirrors a lot of what we do with technology on any given day.  If the weather changes, we turn to www.weather.com.  If we have a question about whether there will be another sequel to Kung Fu Panda, we search through www.google.com.

This one is an article in yahoo content.  I am only sharing the link here so that you can visit it.

This is a powerpoint presentation.  I think its awesome.  You can actually see a visual presentation of information pertaining to how technology can be used to teach children.  I recommend this, as even I can learn something new.

This website shows a list of other websites.  They are actual websites which allow technology in the home school.  It includes websites like the one for creating a comic strip to cover writing.  My children are using a comic strip website called www.smackjeeves.com.

Even Squidoo features a lens dealing with technology in the home school.  I am so glad that others are sharing information.  I love Squidoo because the creator of the lens can go into detail about any given topic.  Someone took the time to put a list of websites and activities to explain how technology can be used in the home school.  

Jumpcut, a video manipulating software, was mentioned in this lens, but it leads to www.yahoo.com so I researched it.  Jumpcut, which had been bought by Yahoo!, is now defunct.  Still, this shows how technology has been used in a home school.  To find such a website that allows the user to manipulate a video is priceless.  I know my kids would love such software.

Because I didn't want to leave anyone hanging about the video editing idea, I found Free Video Editing.  This is a list of websites that offer the user the opportunity to manipulate videos.  I hope this helps someone who would be interested in presenting video editing to their children.


Well, thanks for reading this entry about how I've incorporated technology into our home school.  

Next week, I will be covering the letter U.  
Please stay tuned!


How about you, my readers?  Do your use technology in your home schools?  Have you considered using technology to teach your children?  If so, which methods do you use?  I believe in finding technological resources to help in the home school.  I encourage you to expose your children to education through technology.

I pray that God gives you all, my beloveds, His wisdom and peace.
This has been an entry for the Technology Tuesdays series.

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