Friday, October 13, 2017

Reading Through Westward Expansion

ENDURANCE - the power to withstand pain or hardships, the ability or strength to continue despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions.

In Hebrews 10:36 (NKJV) the scripture says, "For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise" 
In a world where are children are used to modern conveniences, speedy services, electronic devices and very little physical work they do not realize until we teach them what others before them have toiled and worked for. Children today many times expect easy, comfort and material possessions to be handed to them for no effort on there part. Some even think they are entitled to these benefits. Our children have very little opportunity to develop the quality of endurance in our modern American culture.

To see the toughness and endurance of people you need only to study the early pioneers of American history. The westward expansion of our nation came with much struggle, hardship and determination. Today we complain if it takes a an extra hour to fly from New York to Los Angeles when just over 150 years ago it took people many months or even a year to cross these beautiful United States. People died and people were born in the time they traveled westward. It is hard to imagine what people were made up (certainly much tougher than they seem today). In a world where are children are used to modern conveniences, speedy services, electronic devices and very little physical work they do not realize until we teach them what others before them have toiled and worked for. Children today many times expect easy, comfort and material possessions to be handed to them for no effort on there part. Some even think they are entitled to these benefits.


These are just a few books that we used for a unit study this year to learn about pioneers and westward expansion.  Soon I will be following up this blog with companion studies: railroads, cowboys and cattles drives, and Native Americans.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Reading Through Lost at Sea Stories for Older Children

“Those people cannot enjoy comfortably what God has given them because they see and covet what He has not given them. All of our discontents for what we want appear to me to spring from want of thankfulness for what we have.”  Robinson Crusoe (Daniel Dafoe)

I am particularly fond of survival stories.  It is amazing what people can endure and overcome.  This list is comprised of survival stories that have to do with being lost at sea.


Recently we read aloud Revenge of the Whale: The True Story of the Whaleship Essex.  I found this book on a clearance rack and took a chance on it.  It is a real page turner.  My husband and 11 year old never wanted to me to stop when it was time.  What these men endured and their story is one you shouldn't miss and should read with your family if time permits.

Be sure to include the historical account of Jonah recorded in the Holy Bible in the book of Jonah. This is a survival story that is not to be missed!

Do you have a favorite lost at sea survival story?  Be sure to share in the comments section!


Also related: Reading Through Robert Louis Stevenson, Reading Through Sea Exploration Part 1, Reading Through Sea Exploration Part 2




Thursday, September 7, 2017

Reading Through Richard Wurmbrand and Romania

I have found truly jubilant Christians only in the Bible, in the Underground Church and in prison. 
- Richard Wurmbrand


Richard Wurmbrand was a Romanian Christian minister who spent 14 years in a brutal, Communist prison in Romania. His story is one that is so moving, so touching and yet difficult to read at times. But we need Christian examples, Christian men and women, true heroes for our children to learn about. Wurmbrand is a real Christian hero!

He died at age 91 but he left a legacy through his ministry Voice of the Martyrs. You can subscribe for free to their magazine (there is a children's website, also). It is a great ministry that you and your family can take active part in helping the persecuted church of today. Participating in putting together a care pack for a displaced Christian or a persecuted family is a great way for your children to learn how to serve and how to be thankful for their own abundance and the goodness of God they are blessed to experience. (VOM is a great way to learn geography and about other cultures, too!)

Be sure to watch actual clips of Richard Wurmbrand. Two we particularly enjoyed is this overview of his story and also this interview of RIchard and his wife, Sabina.

We had the privilege of visiting Romania in 2017 and took the time to learn about the country in which Wurmbrand was from. There doesn't seem to be many books available for children about Romania but I've included the ones we read.


If doing this as a unit your family might enjoy listening to a Romania choir and orchestra sing a beautiful version of Unto the Lamb!


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Reading Through Bears for Younger Children



If the person you are talking to does not appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in this ear.- Winnie the Pooh

Don't miss taking time to read aloud to your younger children (and older ones too!)  Take time out of the busyness and craziness of life and snuggle with your child or children and read some wonderful books about bears!  I love the books the books on this list and I believe you and your family will too!

Have a favorite bear picture book?  Be sure to add it to the comments section below!

(If you like this list you might also enjoy: Reading Through Picture Books, Reading Through Children's Treasuries, and Reading Through Dahlov Ipcar Picture Books

Monday, July 17, 2017

Reading Through Shadows for Younger Children

Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. - James 1:17 (NLT)

Children are curious and find enjoyment in the simplest things.  Shadows are one of those amusements.  Take advantage of that curiosity and teach them about shadows.  These books make an entertaining unit study for the whole family!  

Extras:
Look up Bible verses about shadows: Psalm 17:8, 23:4, 36:7, 91:1, Job 8:9, Luke 1:79, James 1:17 (these are just a few to get you started.  You also could read verses about light and darkness)
Look up shadow in Websters 1828 dictionary.
Make a shadow outline 
Make a sundial

You might also be interested in Reading Through Robert Louis Stevenson.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Reading Through Japan

Did you know that Japan has 6,852 islands? If you visited one a day, every day of the year it would take over 18 years for a person to visit them all. But through the world of reading you and your children can visit Japan without every leaving home and spend as little or much time as you would like learning about it. While there are many, many books you could include for a Japan unit here are a few we enjoyed!



Saturday, October 15, 2016

Reading Through the U.S. Presidential Elections & Government


It is impossible to rightly govern a nation
without God and the Bible - George Washington


...As the 2016 Presidential election is upon us I decided to do a quick study of the United States government and how it works.  I threw this together quickly and I know the time is nearly upon us but I wanted to share in case other homeschool families' wanted to do the same with their children.

I will just highlight briefly some of the books on this list although all of them are worth your time and effort for a unit study on government.

If you need a quick review of our nation's beginning you can start with The Fourth of July Story by Alice Dagliesh (or check out my American Revolution unit part 1 and part 2).


Let me know some of your favorites that might not be on this list!

(P.S. I've found many of these older books are available at no charge electronically through openlibrary.org)
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