365 Days of Celebration and Praise: Daily Devotions and Activities for Homeschooling Families Paperback – Aug 12 2003
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Family Fun, Education, and InspirationFor All Ages!
"Finally, a simple, organized devotional guide especially designed to strengthen the Christian homeschooling family. Packed with creative activities, spiritual teaching ideas, interesting facts, and insightful Christian encouragement, 365 Days of Celebration and Praise is a practical, useful, and refreshing resource."
Stacy McDonald, editor-in-chief, Homeschooling Today magazine
"Wow! Thank you, Julie Lavender, for doing all of this research for homeschooling mothers like me. 365 Days of Celebration and Praise is an information-filled resource that makes beginning a productive day of home-learning fun and easy."
Lisa Whelchel, author, Creative Correction, The Facts of Life and Other Lessons My Father Taught Me, and So Youre Thinking About Homeschooling
"Julie Lavender has written, through her excellent research, something that will meet the needs of families looking for creative communication, educational growth, and spiritual development. Read it alone, or better yet, use it as a family daily devotional/communication guide."
Dennis A. Davis, pastor emeritus, Crystal Cathedral, denominational district superintendent; college president; and author, Twenty-One Positive Principles for a Powerful Twenty-First Century Church
"Julies book gives creative ideas for homeschooling families to spend quality devotional time together. In fact, all families can benefit from Julies book. You can do the devotions every nightor pick and choose one or two per weekyoull have fun!"
June Cotner, author, Graces and Family Celebrations
About the Author
Julie Lavendera former public school teacher who holds a masters degree in early childhood educationhas been homeschooling her four children for more than ten years. She is a regular contributor to Homeschooling Today and ParentLife magazines, and has written several educational activity books, Bible studies, and teaching units.
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-The specific date for which the devotion was intended
- the title for the day
-a brief description of what is being celebrated & and a Bible text to read with it with a brief tie in to from the item/event/person being celebrated to the text.
-questions to discuss
-a related activity
-the curriculum connection identified (skill, subject)
-verse to memorize with the text and reference
The things that are celebrated are not specifically Christian or spiritual or religious. Examples include: tape measure anniversary, cow appreciation day, national laundry workers' week, answering machine anniversary, national tie week, mayflower day, national housing week, vacuum cleaner day and national pig day. The selection is somewhat random and few are of major significance. Some are of national historical importance but most are more of a trivial nature. It might be a fun approach if you like trivia. The tie ins from the subject of celebration are loose and the connections somewhat awkward and reaching. This would not be a serious way to study the Bible or get into a deep study of scripture. However, it might be a fun way to the start the school day with a misc., unexpected topic and a brief discussion of a scriptural topic. Might be a innovative approach to beginning the school day, especially if in previous years one has used a more serious approach and Bible study was actually a separate subject for serious study at another time in the school day.
There are a number of days celebrating specific foods but not so many that the book would not be useful to someone with food sensitivities.
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