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A Great Organizing Bootcamp for Christian Homeschool Families

 

Are you one of many homeschool moms who is overwhelmed? You know you need to get organized, but you aren’t sure where to start. Organized Homeschool LIVE this January can help. You’ll spend one day completing key organizing challenges with your kids. You’ll not only experience a cleaner, less cluttered home, but you’ll enjoy peace of mind in knowing how to keep it that way! Get the details on this action workshop for Christian homeschool families.

Jan. 3, there will be an organizing bootcamp LIVE event that you won’t want to miss. Get your kids to do this with you, and teach them while you’re learning how to get organized.

https://psychowith6.com/organized-homeschool-live?fbclid=IwAR3KRfYXfefgqEOGHt9l5wBAWRNQhg4Xy8OtIbRzyLOQVBcBewLyNvIgKws

See you there!

Love,

Penney

Merry Christmas from the Douglas Family

Here is my latest newsletter with some new insights I’ve been gaining from some very interesting books. They are even making Christmas more meaningful.

Here’s the big idea that is changing my perspective:

“From man’s perspective, Calvary came about because of man’s sinful state. From God’s personal purpose, the human race was created to produce Calvary.” !!!!!

Why did God want to do such a thing? Because He wanted to demonstrate to all of His creation what motivated Him to do all that He did. He wanted to reveal that His core being, His nature and His motivation were love. The only way He could show the depth of His love was by sacrificially giving Himself.”

I highly recommend reading “God’s Weapons of Warfare” by Dr. Bill Hamon and “The New Era of Glory” by Tim Sheets.

You can find these books here at Amazon:

https://amzn.to/2sOEN4p

https://amzn.to/2Yjr5lA

And here’s my latest newsletter. You can read more about why Christmas is more meaningful to me this year.

https://us20.campaign-archive.com/?u=dfbf952b1489308cbf3843e3c&id=3a31ec6cf2

I pray that God will reveal the length, the width, the depth, and the height of His love for you this Christmas. And bless your family with every blessing, spiritual, physical, financial, and relational.

Speaking of which, make sure you join me and Gary on Facebook Live on Friday nights for Relationally Speaking! We would love to see you there.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Love,

Penney

Great Christmas Gift Idea – Books of Course!

Click on this link and enlarge it so you can see all of the titles they have at YWAM Publishing. It looks like everything is on sale! They have books and audiobooks about heroes in missions and heroes in history. They encourage kids to hold up great, godly people as heroes.

I highly recommend these books. They are very well-written and inspiring.

These would be great Christmas presents!

http://www.ywampublishing.com/default.aspx?affiliateid=11633

Homeschool Ideas for Thanksgiving

Wow, I was just looking at Pinterest for Thanksgiving ideas. Overload! I have some favorite activities that I would like to share with you, and maybe you’ll find one or two things that interest you. I always go for simple. So, if you’re like me, these easy, inexpensive ideas will be doable and not overwhelming.

The first thing I recommend is a book to read aloud, of course.

A book about William Bradford, the first governor of The Plymouth Settlement. Here is a blurb from the website:

“The New World beckoned as a land of freedom and possibility. Yet wild waters, icy winters, Indian attacks, starvation, and treason threatened the European settlers’ very existence. Through William’s vision and steadfast leadership, the people of Plymouth Colony would endure, their future descendants forming the cornerstone of a great nation (1590-1657).”

This is a great way to remember the Pilgrims and the struggles they went through to settle this nation as a bastion of freedom for all.

https://ywampublishing.com/p-1886-heroes-of-historybrwilliam-bradford-plymouths-rock.aspx?affiliateid=1163

 

 

A very short video about Bradford designating a day for Thanksgiving.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=39&v=K02JB1NlYhU&feature=emb_logo

If your kids like Charlie Brown, they might like this video. It’s actually a demonstration of an app, but I think it’s pretty entertaining.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNw8f02wuTo

This is a good telling of the story of the Mayflower featuring Peanuts characters. It’s part of a series called “This is America, Charlie Brown”.

This is a varied playlist of Family Thanksgiving Movies. There’s an old black and white movie about children being thankful even though they couldn’t afford a turkey that year. It’s a good reminder of some of the things we have to be thankful for. It’s very old, but we can learn from it how things were a generation ago. And the lesson about being thankful in spite of temporary circumstances is always in order.

And there are several cartoons, including Berenstain Bears, Care Bears, Mickey Mouse, Martha Speaks, Maya and Miguel, Sesame Street, and a TV movie from 1986, among others. Tell me the ones you watched and liked!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruQozkxioKg&list=PLFNwak5xB-x_eZunYhtu-B13MeLOxOT2u&index=9
There are several good picture books about Thanksgiving.

A really good book about Squanto is “Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving”.

Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving

Another good book about Squanto, who played a vital role in the survival of the Pilgrims, is “Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving”.

https://amzn.to/2qRTJ0s

Here’s a book to read for fun:

“‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving”

‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving (Scholastic Bookshelf)

A very funny story about a turkey named Thelonius is “Thelonius Turkey Lives”.
https://amzn.to/32MIGD7

Another fun book to read is A Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende and Harry Devlin. It is a very popular book. Here’s a summary of the story:

“Every year Grandmother invited a guest for Thanksgiving dinner and allowed Maggie to do the same. “Ask someone poor or lonely,” she always said. Thanksgiving was Grandmother’s favorite day of the year. The cooking was done and her famous cranberry bread was cooling on a wooden board. But she wasn’t happy to find out Maggie had invited the unsavory Mr. Whiskers to dinner. Would her secret cranberry bread recipe be safe with him in the house? After a long absence this delightful 1971 classic is back. So is Grandmother’s secret recipe!” The recipe is included at the end of the book.

https://amzn.to/375ZhF7

There are some good lapbooks available, too. I really like using lapbooks to study topics we’re interested in.

Here is a good list of some good ones.

https://www.yearroundhomeschooling.com/thanksgiving-lapbooks-go-learning/

I wrote a post with a few more suggestions here:

https://www.penneydouglas.com/2014/11/20/fun-and-educational-thanksgiving-books-plus-bonus-printable-and-videos/

These are our favorite cookies to make for Thanksgiving. We make cookies that look like turkeys. We use Fudge Stripe cookies, candy corn and bonbons. And put them together like this:

I hope these ideas help you to find some fun and educational things to do to celebrate Thanksgiving this year.

Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy the holidays with your family!