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Homeschool Curriculum Reviews:
In his book Arrivals, Departures, and the Adventures In-Between, international speaker and TCK, Christopher O’Shaughnessy, provides a treasure trove of helpful information tucked within pages of true, personal stories that will make you laugh.
Customized Parenting in a Trending World by Richard and Carrie Blackaby
Mom Made Us Write This in the Summer by Ali Maier
A Counselor Speaks on Developing Spiritual Growth in Children (download) or click here to read online. This is an article that has several mini book reviews included.
I began reading the book Have a New Kid by Friday by Dr. Kevin Leman. … Learn or hone your empathizing skills and help your kids change their attitude or behavior.
Parenting with Love and Logic by Jim Fay and Foster Cline
YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES: What Every Father Needs to Hear by John Eldredge. 64 page soft cover. Easy-to-read (in less than 2 hours). My husband recommends this book to every dad he meets.
EPIC—The Story God is Telling and the Role that is Yours to Play by John Eldredge. This short, easy-to-read book should be required reading for all adults and highly recommended reading for your teenagers as well! Our 13 and 15-year-old sons enjoyed the book. According to the back: “There is a larger Story. And you have a crucial role to play.” Eldredge begins with a quote from Tolkien – “I wonder what sort of tale we’ve fallen into?”
CAPTIVATING: Unveiling the Mystery of the Woman’s Soul by Stasi and John Eldredge. This is a great book for the woman on your shopping list! Stasi (w/John) does a great job of getting to the heart of a woman, discussing the root issues, unveiling hidden scars and applying healing balm. They do a great job discussing the woman’s desire to be captivating, to be the Beauty, the Princess rescued in a great adventure! I also recommend this for moms and teenage girls to read through together.
Teach Me How to Say It Right by: Dorothy P. Dougherty
This is a book that helps parents help their children who have speech/articulation problems. The author helps parents understand which speech errors are normal for a particular child’s age or development. She also provides exercises you can do with your child to help correct speech errors. This book offers more than fifty language games, as well as tips to know when and if professional help is needed. This book is geared to parents of newborn to eight year olds. If you have a 5-8 year old with speech problems (who has not been seen by a speech therapist), I would at least recommend that you try to get a copy of this book to consider whether or not there are things you can do to help or whether or not you should see a professional. You will become familiar with what are normal articulation errors and what are not. Speech and articulation errors can lead to reading and spelling problems. This book is available used for around $6.
Baby Babble and Baby Babble 2 by: Talking Child
I recently checked out these two speech-enhancing videos created by speech pathologists. They are designed for 3 months to 2 ½ years and 6 months to 3 year olds. I was curious to whether or not they would provide any helps for older children with speech problems. Though they are definitely geared to younger children, I think that even many 4-6 year old children would enjoy watching and mimicking the games played by the speech pathologists in these videos.
Brainy Baby English by: The Brainy Baby Company
This video was created for 1-5 year olds. It is mostly about the introduction of first words, phrases, colors, numbers, objects, but it also incorporates many important speech sounds in a fun format. This DVD and the ones above can be purchased new for around $2-6 from many online vendors.
Leap Frog Videos
Parents of 3-7 year olds may want to put these on their wish list. They are designed for 3-5 year olds, but if you have a child that is a little older and is struggling in phonics or math, then I would recommend these videos. Go to Amazon.com and type in “leap frog” in the search. You will find these Letter Factory, Math Circus, and Words Factory and more. Online you will see that they have new videos in the series dealing with sight words, vowel sounds, going to school, etc. If your child is high energy or just struggles with learning from you, let Leap Frog reinforce some concepts you want him or her to learn. This series gets an A+ from me!
Also, check out the Rock ‘N Learn Educational DVDs… https://theeducationcafe.wordpress.com/2010/08/15/rock-n-learn/
Helpful Resources for Sex Education
The Princess and the Kiss: A Story of God’s Gift of Purity – Jennie Bishop
The Squire and the Scroll – Jennie Bishop
What is God’s Design for My Body (The Miracle of Creation Series) by Susan Horner
The Story of Me (God’s Design for Sex) by Stan Jones, Brenna B. Jones and Joel Spector
Before I Was Born (God’s Design for Sex) by Carolyn Nystrom and Sandra Speidel (designed for parents to read to their children at ages 5 through 8) (Bev S recommends that you read it first and tellabout it to your preschoolers. Some pages are more detailed than you might wish to share with a small child.)
Wild about You – Angela Thomas
Before You Meet Prince Charming by Sarah Mally
Facing the Facts: The Truth About Sex and You (God’s Design for Sex Series) by Stan Jones and Brenna B. Jones
Every Young Woman’s Battle: Guarding Your Mind, Heart and body in a Sex-Saturated World (The Every Man Series) by Shannon Ethridge, Stephen Arteburn, and Josh McDowell
Every Young Man’s Battle: Practical Help in the Fight for Sexual Purity (The Every Man Series) by Stephen Arteburn, Fred Stoeker and Mike Yorkey
How and When to Tell Your Kids about Sex – Brenna B. Jones and Stanton Jones
Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens – Paul David Tripp
Parenting Teens With Love and Logic – Foster Cline and Jim Fay
I found that most of these books are available on Amazon.com and usually there are used books available.