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We want our kids to understand how best to treat their neighbor, follow God, and trust Him no matter what. We could explain the facts of why they should, have them memorize the verses, or lecture them on what will happen if they don’t.

Or we could tell them a story.

More often than not, the story will do more to help that child understand and respond to the truth than all the explanation you give. As author Steven James writes, “Humans are rarely interested in truth unless it’s wrapped up in a story.”

Dan Scott Teach Courage through Stories

 (Photo credit: Book sculpture by Wetcanvas Deviant Art.)

Peak with Books

peakwithbooks1Peak with Books  is a great resource for language arts Pre K to Grade 1. The authors have selected 40 titles in children’s literature many of them Caldecott winners/nominees to be read aloud which incorporate activities such as poetry, songs, finger plays, art, thinking skills, narration, vocabulary, drama, and cooking. There are also 500 storybooks referenced so you can expand on a particular story if you would like to. Dr. Ruth Beechick noted educational authority has commented on “Peak with Books”: “I think this book is topnotch. Any parent who used these lesson plans for awhile would be getting a good education in using books with children and building upon them to expand vocabulary, experiences and thoughts. For people who want to do the “living books” thing that Susan Macaulay has popularized, here is the kindergarten program all worked out for them.” This edition is the 3rd and has been rewritten to accomodate children from ages Pre-K to Grade 1. This volume is a great companion to Dr. Ruth Beechick’s “Language and Thinking for Young Children.”

Kathy Alphs

Blog of the Week


Renown child educator, Maria Montessori said “Play is the child’s work.” She meant that children are not just playing when they play, but they are working. Play is an important part of child development, and the types of toys that a child interacts with shapes their understanding of the world around them. Toys are the tools children use to accomplish their work, but it is best for the amount of toys that a child has to be limited.

Emily Wade Why Kids Benefit From Fewer Toys

Resource of the Week: Holiday Helper

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When our child was an elementary student, I began perusing the internet in search of a unit study on the topic of the holiday Memorial Day. Much to my surprise, Living Books Curriculum Memorial Day Holiday Helper appeared on my computer screen.
The Memorial Holiday Helper covers the topic of Memorial Day through history, stories, copy work, picture study, crafts, poetry, movies, literature and websites.
To download your own copy of the Living Books Memorial Day Helper, please click on the following link.
Kathy Alphs

Quote of the Day


A love of books, of holding a book, turning its pages, looking at its pictures, and living its fascinating stories goes hand-in-hand with a love of learning.
Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States of America (2001-2009)

Blog of the Week

Each morning, before I start the day, I grab my cup of coffee with my smart phone and head to our sun room for my “Daily Encouragement for Homeschooling Mothers” devotion by Charlene Notgrass.
This past week, Charlene’s daily encouragement featured President Theodore Roosevelt’s role in homeschooling his children.


Author David McCullough sums up Roosevelt’s homeschooling experience with this quote from his best-seller, Mornings on Horseback: “He thought what he had learned at Harvard of considerably less value than what he had learned at home.” (1)
Kathy Alphs

(1) McCullough, David. Mornings on Horseback. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1st Edition, May 12, 1982. pg. 213.