The Creative Art of Historical Fiction

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I love it when authors do clever, creative things in their books. Les Miserables adds true information about wars and culture during the temporal setting of the book. For me historical fiction is a beautiful way to make history stick in my brain. Gaston Leroux, author of The Phantom of the Opera novel brought history […]

Here’s a little gift for you!

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Here’s a little gift for you! Our literature club read The Phantom of the Opera novel during September. Last night we discussed the book, the kids presented their projects and we shared a delicious meal. Since kids of all ages love games I created these Bingo cards using the characters from the book. I thought you might […]

Books That Teach Our Children How To Handle Conflict

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Have you ever heard an opinion that set off a fire in your heart? Everything in you screamed, “I must set this person straight.” I know I have. It takes a great deal of self control and patience to stay out of trouble in situations like this. I want my children to handle themselves with […]

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How To Plan A Fun and Tasty Invisible Meal

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“Invisibility has been on humanity’s wish list at least since Amon-Ra, a deity who could disappear and reappear at will, joined the Egyptian pantheon in 2008 BC. With recent advances in optics and computing, however, this elusive goal is no longer purely imaginary. Last spring, Susumu Tachi, an engineering professor at the University of Tokyo, […]

Ordinary Fruit Produces Extraordinary Results

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The God of the universe stepped out of heaven to become one of His creatures, to keep a promise that would cost His life. That’s extraordinary. Embarrassingly insignificant acts of love, ordinary daily tasks, transform our culture into the new world Jesus sacrificed Himself to create. That’s powerful. The extraordinary is exciting. The author who […]

Looks Aren’t Everything

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What you see isn’t always what you get. Better yet, you don’t always get what you see in the way you expected.  My husband published his first book a week ago. I am so proud of him! What does this book cover suggest you will find inside? Please share your thoughts in the comment section […]

1/2 OFF Back to School Special!

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The LitClub experience will cause your child to say, “Mom, if we have to drop an activity, please don’t let it be LitClub.” — Gill Hassell, former non-reader. The LITClub provides a fun environment to read the classics with your friends and family. With themed, pre-planned menus and ready-made book conversation and project guides, The […]

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A Soft Touch on Tough Topics Makes Our Children Strong

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At one of our LITClub meetings, the kids got into a pretty deep discussion about the reality of Jesus being fully God and fully man and what the implications of that are. It was amazing and intense. Afterwards, I sat down beside one of the mothers and asked her what she thought about the way the […]

Shocking Worldview Survey Results

Worldview Survey Results

Barna Research Group conducted two surveys to determine how many Americans hold a biblical worldview. One survey was for adults and the other for teens. If these results shock you, you’re not alone, and we can do something about it. In our home, we have a literature club that mimics real-life conversations so that our […]

Playing Dress Up To Improve Critical Thinking

Great Expectations Interview project, January 2014-10

When I first decided to have projects for the kids, I did it for my younger children. I hoped it would make the club more fun and hold their attention. I really didn’t understand for a while how many skills the project would improve. Obviously, presenting the projects gave them an opportunity to speak in public. […]