Download Your Free How-To Guide for Bring Your Bible to School Day

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Our thoughts and prayers are with those who are preparing for Hurricane Matthew to hit. For students in hurricane-affected states who are facing school closures but still want to participate in Bring Your Bible to School Day, the alternate date is Thursday, October 20.

This brings about a good point: Any day can be a day you organize your friends to bring your Bibles to school together!

By signing up during the month of October for Bring Your Bible to School Day (even if you missed the official celebration), you can download a free how-to guide for teens, parents, pastors, and elementary students. It’s full of helpful information that will help you organize a day to take a stand for religious freedom and bring your Bible to school with your fellow classmates.

(Sign-ups must be received by midnight (MT), Oct. 7, in order to be automatically entered into the Newsboys giveaway.)

Plus Bring Your Bible to School Comes to Adventures in Odyssey

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Getting used to a new school isn’t easy, especially for someone as paranoid as Buddy Norman. In “A Predicament of Biblical Proportions” he envisions wacky worst-case encounters with townsfolk who seem like mobsters, snoops and fairy-tale tyrants—until he gets to know them. He’s also a little confused about Bring Your Bible to School Day. What’s it about? Should he participate? See Odyssey through Buddy’s eyes in this witty celebration of religious freedom.

Listen to this story through a two-week trial only on the Odyssey Adventure Club

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Take the Bible Challenge with Odyssey Adventure Club

How much do you know about the Bible and its influence on our culture, history–and the whole world? Focus on the Family and Bring Your Bible have teamed up to create a quiz to test how much you and your kids know about the Bible. Take the quiz to find out!

Don’t forget to mark your calendars to celebrate religious freedom with other students across the U.S. on October 6—Bring Your Bible to School Day! Students from kindergarten to college will be bringing their Bibles to school and sharing God with their friends in just a few short weeks. Sign up to be a part of the movement to protect religious freedom for future generations.

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By signing up, you’ll receive a free guide with tips, downloadable posters, sticker and T-shirt designs, information on your legal rights, and other fun, interactive activities.

You’ll also be automatically entered for a chance to win a free trip for four to hear the Newsboys, an award-winning Christian music band, in Dallas!

Plus Bring Your Bible to School Comes to Adventures in Odyssey

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Getting used to a new school isn’t easy, especially for someone as paranoid as Buddy Norman. In “A Predicament of Biblical Proportions” he envisions wacky worst-case encounters with townsfolk who seem like mobsters, snoops and fairy-tale tyrants—until he gets to know them. He’s also a little confused about Bring Your Bible to School Day. What’s it about? Should he participate? See Odyssey through Buddy’s eyes in this witty celebration of religious freedom.

Listen to this story through a two-week trial only on the Odyssey Adventure Club.

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Greek Myths from a Christian Perspective with Memoria Press – Review

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This year with the crew is the first time we have used Memoria Press. I’ve poured over their catalog before and been very interested but just didn’t know what to try. So getting to try out two of their products this year has been a real blessing. This time around we got to try out D’Aulaires’ Greek Myths. I thought this would be a great fit for Ben our 6th grader because he is in love with the Percy Jackson novels and really anything that Rick Riordan writes. I wanted him to get a good education in the actual Greek Myths and also think critically about the differences between them and Christianity.

 

Logic, Greek Myths and Astronomy Memoria Press Review
 

The set we got came with a student study guide, teacher’s guide, the book, and flashcards. This specific course is intended for grades 3-6 but could easily be adapted for older grades. We will continue working on this into the summer and technically that is when my son flips over into 7th grade. There is lots to memorize if you want them to and lots more you could easily add to make it more challenging for older grades.

Let’s talk about what is in student guide and what a lesson looks like. A typical lesson includes pages to read in the D’Aulares’ Book of Greek Myths, Facts to Know, Vocabulary, Comprehension Questions, and Activities. The facts to know is usually different gods names and locations on maps defined for them. These are the things that it is good to have them memorize and that are on the flashcards. You could easily adapt this to make it easier or harder depending on the level of your child, making them memorize all of them or just a few. The next section is the vocabulary. We went through these words together and would see if he could figure them out from the little bit of context that was given in the study guide. If not we would figure out what they meant together. The main point of this section is to make sure they know what the words mean so they don’t gloss over them in the reading. You could make the student look them up in a dictionary but I just helped him with what they meant. Then after that I would have him read the part out of the Greek Myths book and work on the comprehension questions on his own.

The last part of each lesson is the activities. The activities section is where loads of different types of things would be incorporated. There would be identify activities to help utilize the gorgeous pictures in the Greek Myths book and help the student engage more with them. Also map activities where you have them find and mark things on the maps in the back of the study guide. There are writing prompts, discussion questions, enrichment activities, and just loads of great options that you can really take and do with what you want. I really like this section because if my son is more interested in something we can take it and run with it and make it our own or if he’s not we can just quickly discuss what is here and move on. To me it is a great area to help get your creative juices flowing on how to teach the subject a bit more creatively.

We really enjoyed using this product and I will definitely be looking at more products from Memoria Press in the future. If you are looking for a great way to teach your children about Greek Mythology from a Christian perspective this is the way to do it. This gets 5 stars from us.

 

Logic, Greek Myths and Astronomy Memoria Press Review
 

 

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Make Your Children World Explorers

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Give your family summer vacation a makeover this year and turn it into a “staycation.” Have your kids forget their summer boredom, turn off their screens, and instead circle the globe with Focus on the Family’s “World Explorers” summer adventure kit!

Throughout the next two months, travel our colorful, diverse world, visiting 27 different countries on six continents. Part of the fun will be figuring out where the next stop is, using five clues that reveal interesting facts about the next country. Once you’ve determined where you’re going, use the games, activities and faith lessons to give your kids a glimpse into that country’s unique culture.

Click here to sign up and receive your free summer adventure kit.

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Don’t Be Bored This Summer!

Now is the time to make sure your kids have the greatest adventure this summer with more than 800 Adventures in Odyssey episodes and non-stop listening fun! Sign up for the Odyssey Adventure Club today for just $9.99 per month at OACLUB.org.

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Adventures in Odyssey Summer Challenge 2016

This summer, you can join Adventures in Odyssey’s Clubhouse Magazine and help children in the Middle East go to school and learn English. It’s Adventures in Odyssey’s Clubhouse Magazine Exercise to Educate summer challenge!

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The Problem

Nearly 7,000 miles away from the United States, there’s a war going on in the country of Syria. Many families have been forced from their homes. Parents have had to leave their jobs, and children have had to leave behind toys and friends.

Many of these families now live in refugee camps in nearby countries. They have tents instead of houses. Clean water is hard to come by. This war has put 2.6 million children out of school – some for more than four years already.

The Solution

Our friends at Focus on the Family Middle East know many families who don’t have the money to buy a school uniform and pay for their children to go to school. They also know people who would love to teach children English in local churches.

You may not have a lot of money to help, but you probably have time, energy and excitement. Here’s what you can do:

1. Go to to Whitsend.org/summer.

2. Print a sponsor sheet and exercise to earn points. You can do it for a week or the whole summer – just remember, the more you exercise, the more points you’ll earn!

3. Ask your family and friends to sponsor your efforts.

4. Beginning in July, tell us how you did and receive a digital bundle from your friends at Adventures in Odyssey and Focus on the Family. The deadline to submit your information is August 31, 2016.

For participating and submitting your information, you will get a free Adventures in Odyssey episode from Album 51. You will also get 101 Surefire Ways to Strengthen Your Child’s Faith – eBook and the audio book of Imagination Station #1, “Voyage with the Vikings.”
Make the most of your summer—exercise for your health and help other kids in need while you do!

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Don’t Be Bored This Summer!

Now is the time to make sure your kids have the greatest adventure this summer with over 800 Adventures in Odyssey episodes and non-stop listening fun! Sign up for the Odyssey Adventure Club today for just $9.99 per month at OACLUB.org.

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Being Creative and Sculpting with ARTistic Pursuits – Review

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ARTistic Pursuits Inc. is a company that we fell in love with after our first run on the Schoolhouse Review Crew. They explain art in such a fun and creative way allowing for the child’s creativity to come through in the project instead of being super rigid with the instructions but more on that later. This time around we got a chance to review Sculpture Technique Construct.

 

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The book is recommended for ages 11-18, and may I add on up. I couldn’t get in on the fun because of my health issues but my friend that was helping my oldest with the projects was quite enjoying herself and she was 27 and I could see myself enjoying it as well. 🙂 I think if you had a very artistic younger child who was not easily frustrated that they could also use this book. The purpose of this book is to learn how to work within three dimensions. This book teaches the process of working with different mediums while letting the students use these materials immediately. They get to pick subject matter that is interesting to them. My son is currently working on sculpting a Captain America shield. So even though the projects and mediums are laid out for them what they decide to make can be tailored to their tastes because unlike a craft book they are learning how the different mediums work and then getting to use those skills to come up with their own projects.

There are four units in this book: creating form in papermaking, creating planes in cardboard, creating motion with paper-mache, and creating volume with wire. Overall there are twelve very involved projects in this book easily making it something that could fill a whole year or more of artistic endeavors. Each unit starts out explaining a bit about that form of sculpture. We just started unit one but we found the beginning info fascinating. We got to learn about an artist that makes big origami structures and how he does it. It was so interesting.

Then we learn about the materials we will be using and a project page that shows what is possible for the project you will be making. This starts to get the juices flowing. My son had some grand ideas for his first project but we paired it down to the Captain America shield and then if he likes it and wants to work on something bigger he wants to make a low-relief handmade paper form of a bald eagle, his favorite animal. The pictures and descriptions in the book make it so easy to spark the imaginations of the child. Even my boy who is usually not easily motivated by words.

Next comes the project and it is laid out so easily in the book. There are pictures to guide you and even spots that tell you when you NEED to stop and let things dry. Everything is laid out step by step. I was really thoroughly impressed with it. I’m so not artsy. I’m very crafty but crafty and artsy are too very different things. 🙂 Thankfully the steps are easy to read and understand and if you are confused the pictures are their to help guide you (well I suppose that is mainly helpful to me since I am a pictorial learner). Make sure to check out the page for the Sculpture Technique Construct book because they have great pdfs so you can see exactly what I am talking about here and even up above (which is why I didn’t add pictures).

Because of how crazy my health has been and how many doctors I have been in and out of lately this was a harder product for us to get to the project on right away. We are still on the phase of making our paper for the project but Ben is thoroughly enjoying himself and once I got the supplies he has been able to do most of it on his own even though he is on the younger end of the age range for this book. I love how creative it is allowing him to be and how much he is enjoying the process. I’m including some pictures below of the paper making process. All in all we are really enjoying this as I knew we would because all of ARTistic Pursuits Inc. products are amazing.I highly recommend getting something from them to add in some creativity to your homeschooling week. It’s such a great way for your kids to get that wonderful part of them out. God made all of us to have a creative side and we need to foster it in our children. Make sure to scroll down below the pictures and check out my fellow crew member’s reviews as well.

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    Red Paper Pulp
  • Blending More Red Paper
    Blending More Red Paper
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    Blending Red Paper
  • Pulling Red Paper
    Pulling Red Paper
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    Pulling Red Paper
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    Red Paper Pulled
  • Getting Water Out
    Getting Water Out
  • Pushing Down Hard
    Pushing Down Hard
  • Pulling Blue Paper
    Pulling Blue Paper

 

ARTistic Pursuits Inc. Review
 

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