Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup: My Last Week As Host

Welcome to the first Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup of December. I missed you last week! I have so enjoyed hosting the linkup, it is with deep regret that I must announce this will be my last week hosting. I look forward to continued participation in our blogging community by linking up my best posts about Christian living, literature, writing, blogging and homeschooling.


Now on to our linkup. Let’s

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Leslie@Forever Joyful
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Mary @Maryandering Creatively
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Tami @ThisMomsDelight
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Brandi @living between whimsy & reality
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Leah@As We Walk Along the Road
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My Favorite Post of the Week

Shepherd on the Search

By Lisa at Syncopated Mama

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I missed last week’s linkup but still want to give a shout-out to Lisa at Syncopated Mama for her fabulous post about the brand new Christmas resource called Shepherd on a Search. Check it out.

Remember to check out other hosts’ blogs to see which posts from last week were their favorites. Want to be the next to be featured! Just link up a post and if you are read the most, we will feature you. Also please make sure you link back to us so others will know about our link up and join in. We try to make it worth your while to linkup with us by promoting your posts across our social media networks. We also pin our most clicked and featured posts to our Pinterest Board each week!

Follow the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup on Pinterest.
 


Now, it is time to link up to the Literacy Musing Mondays hop!

We are working on a new graphic which indicate the new times for our hop: beginning Mondays at 9 a.m. You will still have until Saturdays at 12 p.m. now to link up! So come back often.:)

Literacy-Musing-Mondays- Family-Friendly linkup where we celebrate reading!

Linkup Rules:

  1. Include a link back or the blog hop button linked to this hop on your posts.
  2. Link up the urls to your posts not to your blog.
  3. Please remember this is a family-friendly linkup. Although we believe in the right for adults to read whatever they want to read, we prefer to read wholesome posts that feature literature that edify and uplift families. We reserve the right to delete any posts that are not family friendly. We love all kinds of literature and genres including family-friendly inspirational romances, fantasy, or science fiction. We do not welcome any posts that feature excessive violence, sexual content, or any cursing. This rule also applies to book review posts that feature books that are not family-friendly. These posts will be deleted without notice to the blogger or explanation. While we believe in the right for all adults to read whatever they want, we feel our linkup is for family-friendly posts only. Thank you for understanding.
  4. We also want to be loving community by supporting one another. Please make a point to do this this week! Visit the two posts before yours and at least one other blogger’s post of your choice! I want to see lots of clicks on everyone’s posts. Remember it is also nice to follow them on their social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
  5. Follow your hosts and co-hosts on their social media.
  6. Tweet about the link up too.


 

 


 

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Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup: Gratitude Journals

Welcome back to the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup! I can’t wait to read all your posts (especially the many Thanksgiving-themed ones), but first I would like to share a meaningful activity our family does. We record praises and thanksgivings in our blessings journals.

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If you want to give it a try, it’s easy!

  1. Grab a notebook – fancy or plain – ours are spiral.
  2. With younger kids, aim for five minutes, but don’t be too rigid with a timer.
  3. Record your own blessings while the kids write theirs. It’s a great time to snuggle on the sofa if you’ve got a cuddler. Drawing is great for non-writers or new writers, and spelling doesn’t count!
  4. Share your blessings when you’re done.
  5. Ask the kids who they want to pray for that day, and give them any other prayer prompts you use. They’ve already got the gratitude portion down so prayer should flow easily.
  6. Conclude with the Lord’s prayer.

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Now on to our linkup. Let’s

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Leslie@Forever Joyful
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Mary @Maryandering Creatively
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Tami @ThisMomsDelight
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Brandi @living between whimsy & reality
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Leah@As We Walk Along the Road
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Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

Parenting: Are You a Dictator or a Leader?

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By Angela Howard at No Ordinary Days

Angela offers a thought-provoking checklist of what makes a parent who leads or who dictates. I found some valuable points on both lists. I hope you will check out this great post this week.

My Favorite Post of the Week

Baby, Give Your Best

By Amber Taube

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Children teach us lessons in generosity even as we encourage them to always give their best. This post is a real winner!

Remember to check out other hosts’ blogs to see which posts from last week were their favorites. Want to be the next to be featured! Just link up a post and if you are read the most, we will feature you. Also please make sure you link back to us so others will know about our link up and join in. We try to make it worth your while to linkup with us by promoting your posts across our social media networks. We also pin our most clicked and featured posts to our Pinterest Board each week!

Follow the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup on Pinterest.
 


Now, it is time to link up to the Literacy Musing Mondays hop!

We are working on a new graphic which indicate the new times for our hop: beginning Mondays at 9 a.m. You will still have until Saturdays at 12 p.m. now to link up! So come back often.:)

Literacy-Musing-Mondays- Family-Friendly linkup where we celebrate reading!

Linkup Rules:

  1. Include a link back or the blog hop button linked to this hop on your posts.
  2. Link up the urls to your posts not to your blog.
  3. Please remember this is a family-friendly linkup. Although we believe in the right for adults to read whatever they want to read, we prefer to read wholesome posts that feature literature that edify and uplift families. We reserve the right to delete any posts that are not family friendly. We love all kinds of literature and genres including family-friendly inspirational romances, fantasy, or science fiction. We do not welcome any posts that feature excessive violence, sexual content, or any cursing. This rule also applies to book review posts that feature books that are not family-friendly. These posts will be deleted without notice to the blogger or explanation. While we believe in the right for all adults to read whatever they want, we feel our linkup is for family-friendly posts only. Thank you for understanding.
  4. We also want to be loving community by supporting one another. Please make a point to do this this week! Visit the two posts before yours and at least one other blogger’s post of your choice! I want to see lots of clicks on everyone’s posts. Remember it is also nice to follow them on their social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
  5. Follow your hosts and co-hosts on their social media.
  6. Tweet about the link up too.

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Operation Christmas Child Collection Week 2016

Could your children imagine December 25 without a single Christmas present?

While my own kids still have trouble grappling with this, it’s nevertheless the reality faced by most children around the world. Many have not even heard of Christmas because they have never heard of the Savior, Jesus Christ.

Year after year one of my family’s holiday highlights is helping change the Christmas plight of boys and girls across the globe through Samaritan’s Purse’s program called Operation Christmas Child.

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In a nutshell, Operation Christmas Child involves packing shoe boxes filled with toys, accessories, school supplies, and hygiene items, which are distributed around the world to children who would ordinarily not receive a single present. The difference between Operation Christmas Child and many other wonderful Christmas charities is that these boxes are specifically given in Jesus’ name, and recipients have the opportunity to hear the Gospel through a follow-up course called The Greatest Journey.

The 2016 National Collection week is November 14-21 so there’s still plenty of time to get in on the gift-giving action, but you do have to move quickly. The good news is collection centers are conveniently located throughout the United States and in many others countries. If you’re a U.S. resident, there’s almost certainly a center near you!

Click the Operation Christmas Child link to discover the blessings of this wonderful program and for more specifics on how and where to become involved. (It’s super easy!)

Operation Christmas Child is a year-long project for me as I search out deals to layaway the items I supply at the annual packing party we host. While it may be too late to score some of the clearance and sale deals this year, tuck the list away so you can work on next year’s boxes throughout 2016. Stretching your dollar means you can do more boxes and bless more children! Here’s a list of my favorite items to buy and my favorite places to buy them!

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Samaritan’s Purse suggests each box contain an item sure to make the recipient say WOW such as a deflated soccer ball and pump, nice doll, outfit, or stuffed animal.

Stuffed animals: Stay on the lookout for clearance sales after major holidays like Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Easter. (I try to stay away from anything related to Halloween.) I’ve scored decent-sized adorable bears for as little as $0.50 after Valentine’s Day as well as cute, heart-shaped mini pillows. Grocery stores and drug stores can be good sources. Ebay is a great source for collector’s Beanie Babies that have never been played with. (If you get lucky, you may find one or two valuable Beanies in a lot that you can re-sell to pay for all the others you are putting in boxes!)

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A generous collector donated her still-new Beanies!

Dolls: Ollie’s Market can be a great source for closeout Barbies for less than $2.00. Ollie’s inventory is constantly changing. You never know what other great toy surprises you may find there either.

Tee-shirts: I like to pick up tees at either Kohl’s or Belk’s during their summer clearance sales. By combining clearance sales with coupons available on their websites or through the mail, I often score shirts in various sizes for $1-3. They are often solid colors, but I  hear that solids are popular overseas since there are no perplexing English words!

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Flip Flops and shoes: Belk and Kohl’s are my best source for flip flops, too, but I sometimes scoop up amazing deals on shoes at Walmart. I’ve gotten light up for as little as $3.

Deflated soccer balls and pumps: From what I hear, this is one of the most popular items among boys of all ages. We were pleased with the Vizari ball from Amazon, but Walmart offers even cheaper options. They frequently have Size 4 balls for $4.88.

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Toy car sets: The larger cars and trucks run better in dirt, but I sometimes include Hot Wheels sets bought from anywhere I find a good deal.

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School Supplies:

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I highly recommend buying a stash of these in August when they are cheap. Decide how many boxes you are doing and how many of each item you need. I include basic school supplies in all boxes designated for the 5-14 age groups. (I stick in a box of crayons for the preschoolers.)

Walmart is generally my best source for the majority of items, but specials change yearly. This year at Walmart I picked up $0.25 crayons, $0.50 pencil cases, $0.50 colored marker sets, and 15-pen sets I split among three cases for $0.97. I picked up pencil packets for $0.47 at Target and cap erasers from a variety of sources.

Pencil sharpeners are the one item I always include that I have a tough time scoring remarkable deals on during back-to-school time. Thankfully, Dollar Tree sells them throughout the year in sets of two, six, and twelve depending on size and features.

Staples and Office Depot also run great school supply sales. Sometimes they require more legwork.

Hygiene Items:

Every box should have them!

Toothbrushes and toothpaste: Dollar Tree sells combo sets as travel kits. Some even include a hard plastic case, which I hear is a real asset in the less-than-sanitary brushing conditions many recipients have.

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Dollar Tree travel set

Mild bar soap (no liquids): Dollar Tree sells bundles of several name brands at 3/$1. Best deal I’ve found!

Wash cloths: Can be found in bundles at Walmart or Dollar Tree. Last year, Target ran a Black Friday sale on eight-packs for $2 each. I am hoping for a repeat!

Combs and brushes: Combs can be bought in twelve packs at Dollar Tree.

Flashlights with extra batteries:

Many children who receive shoe boxes do not have electricity in their homes. These are a hit item, so I try to include them in as many boxes as I can. Walmart sells small LED flashlights in a 10-pack that they periodically put on sale for less than $10, including batteries. You can pick up similar flashlights anytime for $1 each at Dollar Tree or the Target Dollar Spot, but they typically don’t include batteries. Extra batteries may be included “loose” but you must wrap both ends with tape.

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Candy:

Candy can include hard candy, gum, gummy bears, candy corn, Tootsie rolls and caramels but not chocolates or food-type items. Candy is extremely cheap at most any grocery store the week after Halloween. Dollar Tree usually has cute boxes of mini candy canes by November 1, too. **2016 is the last year Samartian’s Purse will allow candy due to increasing custom’s regulations.

Personal notes: Samaritan’s Purse repeatedly reports how personal notes encourage the children. We always include them! Christian Christmas cards can be bought in boxed sets for cheap at the Dollar Tree.

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From a child with love

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My standard message

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Other great sources for gifts:
While gifts must be new, they can be found in creative places!

  1. Whenever my kids receive a gift they don’t particularly want, we leave the tags on and throw it into our stash. We’ve saved up great tee shirts, games, and other toys this way.
  2. Extras from bulk buys. Sometimes we buy items like socks in bulk packages to save money. What we don’t need for ourselves, we set aside for shoe boxes.
  3. Freebies. I save sample toothpastes and toothbrushes from the dentist for shoe boxes as well as other useful items I accumulate throughout the year. Many hotel soaps are unbranded and conveniently sized for packing.
  4. Garage sales. I am always amazed by the new with tags and new in package items I find for next to nothing!
  5. Target Dollar Spot clearance sales. After many major holidays, Target puts items in their Dollar Spot on 70% clearance, including non-holiday items. I’ve scooped up fabulous deals there from $0.33 hairbrushes to other hair accessories and school supplies!
  6. Outdoor toys summer clearance sales. Check any superstore or drug store to find really cheap jump ropes and similar toys!
  7. Frequent trips to Walmart. Recently, my friend found packs of pencils and scissors for $0.10 each. I picked up some really nice hair bows for $0.25 or less each. After the summer, I grabbed some clearance socks for just $1 a pack. (These proved a blessing to both shoe box recipients and my own family!)

Disclosure:

I am an Amazon affiliate. Should you buy something from my Amazon links, I will earn a small commission. (Thank you.) I get no monetary compensation from any of my other recommendations.

What are your favorite shoe box gifts and places to buy them?

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Literacy Musing Monday Linkup: Post Election

Last week, many of your offered prayers, Bible verses, and encouragement to unify us in the wake of a turbulent election cycle. I was blessed by how our community steered away from partisan politics and name-calling and toward a celebration of literacy. As always, the #LMMLinkup community is your source for great posts about reading, writing, blogging, Christian living, homeschooling, and more!


Now on to our linkup. Let’s

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Leslie@Forever Joyful
Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+
Mary @Maryandering Creatively
Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/ Instagram/Google+
Tami @ThisMomsDelight
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Brandi @living between whimsy & reality
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Leah@As We Walk Along the Road
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Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

How To Find Free eBooks For Homeschooling

At HomeSchool Base

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This post by HomeSchool Base received a record number of clicks because of the awesome resources shared. Be sure not to miss this informational post whether you HomeSchool or not. I love finding free books, too!

 

My Favorite Post of the Week

A Prayer for the Morning After

By Tammy Mashburn

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In the midst of nasty, partisan politics, Tammy offers a unifying, non-partisan prayer. Although she bills it as a prayer for the morning after elections, I found it equally applicable for other days. “That I might reach for your hand and you would reach for mine. Together, with differing opinions, we can still stand shoulder to shoulder and back to back,” is my favorite line!

Remember to check out other hosts’ blogs to see which posts from last week were their favorites. Want to be the next to be featured! Just link up a post and if you are read the most, we will feature you. Also please make sure you link back to us so others will know about our link up and join in. We try to make it worth your while to linkup with us by promoting your posts across our social media networks. We also pin our most clicked and featured posts to our Pinterest Board each week!

Follow the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup on Pinterest.
 


Now, it is time to link up to the Literacy Musing Mondays hop!

We are working on a new graphic which indicate the new times for our hop: beginning Mondays at 9 a.m. You will still have until Saturdays at 12 p.m. now to link up! So come back often.:)

#LMMLinkup

Linkup Rules:

  1. Include a link back or the blog hop button linked to this hop on your posts.
  2. Link up the urls to your posts not to your blog.
  3. Please remember this is a family-friendly linkup. Although we believe in the right for adults to read whatever they want to read, we prefer to read wholesome posts that feature literature that edify and uplift families. We reserve the right to delete any posts that are not family friendly. We love all kinds of literature and genres including family-friendly inspirational romances, fantasy, or science fiction. We do not welcome any posts that feature excessive violence, sexual content, or any cursing. This rule also applies to book review posts that feature books that are not family-friendly. These posts will be deleted without notice to the blogger or explanation. While we believe in the right for all adults to read whatever they want, we feel our linkup is for family-friendly posts only. Thank you for understanding.
  4. We also want to be loving community by supporting one another. Please make a point to do this this week! Visit the two posts before yours and at least one other blogger’s post of your choice! I want to see lots of clicks on everyone’s posts. Remember it is also nice to follow them on their social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
  5. Follow your hosts and co-hosts on their social media.
  6. Tweet about the link up too.


 

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Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup: The Last Cherry Blossom

Happy fall, again, and welcome back to the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup. The leaves on my trees have almost completely finished falling, which makes me recall a book I read last week called The Last Cherry Blossom by Kathleen Burkinshaw.

World War II fiction set in Hiroshima, the 12-year-old Japanese protagonist immediately drew me in. Debut author Burkinshaw did a fantastic job of characterization and plot twists; however, I question the recommended age suggested for the reader. I have seen this book billed for both middle grades and young adult. Although the protagonist is young, complex issues such as suicide, out-of-wedlock pregnancy, and intense war scenes make it unsuitable for younger readers. The bottom line is I would skip this book for a middle grade reader and screen it first before giving it to your young adult.

P.S. The picture is an affiliate link to a book I enjoyed. If you purchase using the link, I will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you!


Now on to our linkup. Let’s

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Leslie@Forever Joyful
Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+
Mary @Maryandering Creatively
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Tami @ThisMomsDelight
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Brandi @living between whimsy & reality
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Leah@As We Walk Along the Road
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Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

#NationalKnockKnockJokeDay

Who doesn’t love a good knock knock joke? They’re certainly favorites with my kids!

My Favorite Post of the Week

Does Being Good Matter?

By Donna Reidland

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Salvation through Jesus Christ is a free gift, but our righteousness is pleasing in God’s sight and only possible after our renewal in Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. Check out Donna’s fantastic Bible study.

Remember to check out other hosts’ blogs to see which posts from last week were their favorites. Want to be the next to be featured! Just link up a post and if you are read the most, we will feature you. Also please make sure you link back to us so others will know about our link up and join in. We try to make it worth your while to linkup with us by promoting your posts across our social media networks. We also pin our most clicked and featured posts to our Pinterest Board each week!

Follow the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup on Pinterest.
 


Now, it is time to link up to the Literacy Musing Mondays hop!

We are working on a new graphic which indicate the new times for our hop: beginning Mondays at 9 a.m. You will still have until Saturdays at 12 p.m. now to link up! So come back often.:)

Literacy-Musing-Mondays- Family-Friendly linkup where we celebrate reading!

Linkup Rules:

  1. Include a link back or the blog hop button linked to this hop on your posts.
  2. Link up the urls to your posts not to your blog.
  3. Please remember this is a family-friendly linkup. Although we believe in the right for adults to read whatever they want to read, we prefer to read wholesome posts that feature literature that edify and uplift families. We reserve the right to delete any posts that are not family friendly. We love all kinds of literature and genres including family-friendly inspirational romances, fantasy, or science fiction. We do not welcome any posts that feature excessive violence, sexual content, or any cursing. This rule also applies to book review posts that feature books that are not family-friendly. These posts will be deleted without notice to the blogger or explanation. While we believe in the right for all adults to read whatever they want, we feel our linkup is for family-friendly posts only. Thank you for understanding.
  4. We also want to be loving community by supporting one another. Please make a point to do this this week! Visit the two posts before yours and at least one other blogger’s post of your choice! I want to see lots of clicks on everyone’s posts. Remember it is also nice to follow them on their social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
  5. Follow your hosts and co-hosts on their social media.
  6. Tweet about the link up too.

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Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup: Happy Fall, Y’all!

Welcome to the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup! Happy Fall, Y’all!

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Leslie@Forever Joyful
Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+
Mary @Maryandering Creatively
Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/ Instagram/Google+
Tami @ThisMomsDelight
Blog/Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/Instagram/Google+
Brandi @living between whimsy & reality
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Leah@As We Walk Along the Road
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Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

Amazing, FREE Bible Resource: The Bible Project

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I am really excited about this fantastic post by one of our new hosts. Brandi shares a great new resource to help draw you closer to Christ through Biblical study. If you missed this post, you will definitely want to visit it today. I highly recommend this resource that Brandi shares.

 

My Favorite Post of the Week

Five Ways Our Sons Will Be Different If We Homeschool Them

By:  Homeschool Your Boys

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As a homeschooling mother of boys, this post was relevant to me this week like none other. Sometimes, homeschooling moms just need a little extra encouragement! While uniquely tailored to boys, many of the reasons are equally applicable to homeschooled girls. Not a homeschooler? No problem. Still check out this post to better understand your homeschooling family and friends.

 

Remember to check out other hosts’ blogs to see which posts from last week were their favorites. Want to be the next to be featured! Just link up a post and if you are read the most, we will feature you. Also please make sure you link back to us so others will know about our link up and join in. We try to make it worth your while to linkup with us by promoting your posts across our social media networks. We also pin our most clicked and featured posts to our Pinterest Board each week!

Follow the  Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup on Pinterest.
 


Now, it is time to link up to the Literacy Musing Mondays hop!

We are working on a new graphic which indicate the new times for our hop: beginning Mondays at 9 a.m. You will still have until Saturdays at 12 p.m. now to link up! So come back often.:)

Literacy-Musing-Mondays- Family-Friendly linkup where we celebrate reading!

Linkup Rules:

  1. Include a link back or the blog hop button linked to this hop on your posts.
  2. Link up the urls to your posts not to your blog.
  3. Please remember this is a family-friendly linkup. Although we believe in the right for adults to read whatever they want to read, we prefer to read wholesome posts that feature literature that edify and uplift families. We reserve the right to delete any posts that are not family friendly. We love all kinds of literature and genres including family-friendly inspirational romances, fantasy, or science fiction. We do not welcome any posts that feature excessive violence, sexual content, or any cursing. This rule also applies to book review posts that feature books that are not family-friendly. These posts will be deleted without notice to the blogger or explanation. While we believe in the right for all adults to read whatever they want, we feel our linkup is for family-friendly posts only. Thank you for understanding.
  4. We also want to be loving community by supporting one another. Please make a point to do this this week! Visit the two posts before yours and at least one other blogger’s post of your choice! I want to see lots of clicks on everyone’s posts. Remember it is also nice to follow them on their social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
  5. Follow your hosts and co-hosts on their social media.
  6. Tweet about the link up too.

[bctt tweet=”Come join the fun! Linkup your family-friendly, literacy posts at the #LMMLinkup!” username=”Maryandering”]


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Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup: Meet Leah

We’re so thankful that you are joining us again at the new and improved Literacy Musing Mondays. Last week we met new host Brandi Raae, and today I am equally thrilled to introduce our other new host, Leah.

Leah

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Hi, I’m Leah, a homeschool mom of four children who loves reading and blogging and…did I mention reading? I’ve been homeschooling for almost fourteen years now, and I’m very close to graduating my oldest daughter! I’ve been blogging since early in my homeschool days, but my early blog posts were just journals of what was happening in our homeschool- so everybody in the world could see that we built the Great Pyramid with Legos that day. Woohoo!

In more recent years, I’ve tried to make the blog a place where other homeschool moms can go to find information and encouragement. I still share things we’re doing in our homeschooling, but I also try to answer questions that other homeschool moms might have and give away free resources that I think other homeschoolers can use. I’ve also recently published my first eBook all about homeschool lesson planning. I love to create unit studies that I share on the blog, and I’ve compiled thirty-one of them into a book form.

I’m looking forward to joining with the other hosts to bring your Literacy Musings Mondays linkup each week because reading and literature is my special passion- as a reader myself and as a homeschooling mom. I’m looking forward to reading your great posts and getting to know some of you as we share our posts.

You can visit me on the blog -As We Walk Along the Road- at aswewalkalongtheroad.com. I’d love for you to stop by and say hi!

Be on the lookout for a new blog button and “I’ve been featured” button coming soon!


Now on to our linkup. Let’s

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Leslie@Forever Joyful
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Mary @Maryandering Creatively
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Tami @ThisMomsDelight
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Brandi @living between whimsy & reality
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Leah@As We Walk Along the Road
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Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

 

 I’m Throwing in the Towel

By My Upstate Life

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The author gives an honest review of this book, and discusses why she couldn’t finish it. It is refreshing to know that sometimes, we all find books that we don’t enjoy and want to throw in the towel over them? What is the most recent book that the author couldn’t finish? Head over to the blog post to find out!

My Favorite Post of the Week:

 Stop Writing Research Papers! Write for Wikipedia Instead

By Homeschool Base

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Helping kids write for Wikipedia sounds like a great homeschool project (or supplement to any school) to me!

Remember to check out other hosts’ blogs to see which posts from last week were their favorites. Want to be the next to be featured! Just link up a post and if you are read the most, we will feature you. Also please make sure you link back to us so others will know about our link up and join in. We try to make it worth your while to linkup with us by promoting your posts across our social media networks. We also pin our most clicked and featured posts to our Pinterest Board each week!

Follow Mary Hill’s board Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup on Pinterest.
 


Now, it is time to link up to the Literacy Musing Mondays hop!

We are working on a new graphic which indicate the new times for our hop: beginning Mondays at 9 a.m. You will still have until Saturdays at 12 p.m. now to link up! So come back often.:)

 

Literacy-Musing-Mondays- Family-Friendly linkup where we celebrate reading!

Linkup Rules:

  1. Include a link back or the blog hop button linked to this hop on your posts.
  2. Link up the urls to your posts not to your blog.
  3. Please remember this is a family-friendly linkup. Although we believe in the right for adults to read whatever they want to read, we prefer to read wholesome posts that feature literature that edify and uplift families. We reserve the right to delete any posts that are not family friendly. We love all kinds of literature and genres including family-friendly inspirational romances, fantasy, or science fiction. We do not welcome any posts that feature excessive violence, sexual content, or any cursing. This rule also applies to book review posts that feature books that are not family-friendly. These posts will be deleted without notice to the blogger or explanation. While we believe in the right for all adults to read whatever they want, we feel our linkup is for family-friendly posts only. Thank you for understanding.
  4. We also want to be loving community by supporting one another. Please make a point to do this this week! Visit the two posts before yours and at least one other blogger’s post of your choice! I want to see lots of clicks on everyone’s posts. Remember it is also nice to follow them on their social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
  5. Follow your hosts and co-hosts on their social media.
  6. Tweet about the link up too.

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The Richest Bible Study You Can Do With Your Kids

Are you always on the quest for the perfect devotional guide for children? Are you pouring over blog posts for Christian children’s teaching resources like a sports fanatic pores over scores of his favorite teams online? After several months of searching for a better devotional guide to use with my children, I was finally convicted of what I needed to do.

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We just needed to read the Bible together. Plain and simple. No frills.

At ages seven and nine, to get a thorough understanding of what God’s Word says from cover-to-cover, my oldest two children and I just need to read it together cover-to-cover.

At first I was a bit hesitant, worrying about what the kids would think when I told them we were trading in other studies for what will probably be over a year-long quest to search out God’s truth on our own.

My worries were in vain. They are loving it! Admittedly, we are less than two weeks in, but my son told me the other day that Genesis is his favorite book in the Bible!

How do you read the Bible through with kids?

  1. Pray for the Holy Spirit to open spiritual eyes to the truths of the text. Psalm 119:18 offers a beautiful prayer, “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.”
  2. Read the text. We are reading one to two chapters per day. I plan to alternate Old Testament books with New Testament ones but to read in order otherwise.
  3. Invite questions. I haven’t been able to answer them all, but I love it that the kids are thinking.
  4. Let the kids draw connections between the text and what they already know.
  5. Apply the texts to daily life and discuss it as you do this.

Weekly Highlight

While reading the story of the Tower of Babel recorded in Genesis 11:1-9, my son noted that God referred to Himself with a plural pronoun instead of a singular one. “Come, let Us go down and confuse their language” (v. 7).

Recently, our church has been studying our Statement of Faith. Because we had just studied the Trinity, he was able to more easily understand the answer to his own question. We looked at the role of the Father and Holy Spirit in creation in Genesis 1:1-2, which sparked another question. Where was Jesus?

By reminding him of John 1:1-3, a passage he has already memorized for AWANA Club, he was able to connect many Scriptural truths he has been studying together for a more complete understanding of God.

Do you read the Bible with your kids? Please share in the comments.

 

 

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Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup: Welcoming Brandi

Thanks for joining us at the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup! We have formally changed the Linkup start time to Mondays at 9 a.m. E.T.

 

With great pleasure, we’re introducing our newest host, Brandi:

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Hi, I’m Brandi, a desert-dwelling homeschool mom who loves to devour fiction and chocolate. I’ve been blogging for over 10 years and have been homeschooling for about 15 years, if you count pre-school. While much of my reality is spent homeschooling and homemaking, I love to add a little whimsy to my life by gardening, decorating, creating, and dreaming up fantastical tales. I recently self-published my first children’s book on Amazon and hope to one day spend my time writing novels.

In my blog I love to chronicle my family’s life, store my thoughts, share my faith, reminisce days gone by, compile yummy recipes, reveal nifty tips, talk about topics relating to health, and write about all things homeschool.

And as with everything in my life, including blogging, I do it all for the glory of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

I’m super excited about joining the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup as a co-host since I LOVE all things literacy related. Plus, I’m looking forward to getting to know the other hosts and you, the faithful #LMMLinkup readers, too.

If you’d like to drop by and say hi, you can find me at my new WordPress bloggy home, Brandi Raae: Living Between Whimsy & Reality.

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Next week we’ll formally introduce Leah, but if you want to go ahead and meet her, check out her contact information underneath our brand new graphic, designed by Brandi.

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Leslie@Forever Joyful
Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+
Mary @Maryandering Creatively
Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/ Instagram/Google+
Tami @ThisMomsDelight
Blog/Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/Instagram/Google+
Brandi @living between whimsy & reality
Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Instagram/Google+
Leah@As We Walk Along the Road
Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Instagram/Google+


Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

Bookmark Freebie

by Carrie at My Book Boost

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Carrie’s cute bookmark attracted a lot of readers. Be sure to check it out and download your own copy today.

My Favorite Post of the Week:

Our Secret to Scripture Memorization as a Family

By Imperfect Disciples

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Scripture memorization is an integral part of our home and homeschool. We love the support from AWANA Club, but Scripture tunes are certainly valuable tools!

Remember to check out other hosts’ blogs to see which posts from last week were their favorites. Want to be the next to be featured! Just link up a post and if you are read the most, we will feature you. Also please make sure you link back to us so others will know about our link up and join in. We try to make it worth your while to linkup with us by promoting your posts across our social media networks. We also pin our most clicked and featured posts to our Pinterest Board each week!

Follow the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup on Pinterest.
 


Now, it is time to link up to the Literacy Musing Mondays hop!

We are working on a new graphic which indicate the new times for our hop: beginning Mondays at 9 a.m. You will still have until Saturdays at 12 p.m. now to link up! So come back often.:)

 

Literacy-Musing-Mondays- Family-Friendly linkup where we celebrate reading!

Linkup Rules:

  1. Include a link back or the blog hop button linked to this hop on your posts.
  2. Link up the urls to your posts not to your blog.
  3. Please remember this is a family-friendly linkup. Although we believe in the right for adults to read whatever they want to read, we prefer to read wholesome posts that feature literature that edify and uplift families. We reserve the right to delete any posts that are not family friendly. We love all kinds of literature and genres including family-friendly inspirational romances, fantasy, or science fiction. We do not welcome any posts that feature excessive violence, sexual content, or any cursing. This rule also applies to book review posts that feature books that are not family-friendly. These posts will be deleted without notice to the blogger or explanation. While we believe in the right for all adults to read whatever they want, we feel our linkup is for family-friendly posts only. Thank you for understanding.
  4. We also want to be loving community by supporting one another. Please make a point to do this this week! Visit the two posts before yours and at least one other blogger’s post of your choice! I want to see lots of clicks on everyone’s posts. Remember it is also nice to follow them on their social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
  5. Follow your hosts and co-hosts on their social media.
  6. Tweet about the link up too.

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Linking up with great linkups listed on my linkup resource page.

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Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup: Exciting Changes

Literacy Musing Mondays is a vibrant community of bloggers who celebrate reading, writing, blogging, Christian living, homeschooling, and more! We are excited to announce some exciting changes. Over the next few weeks, we will be introducing two new hosts focused on assisting us grow into an even more dynamic community.

We will also change the release of our linkup to Monday mornings. Stay tuned for the specific time.

 

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Leslie@Forever Joyful
Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+
Mary @Maryandering Creatively
Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/ Instagram/Google+
Tami @ThisMomsDelight
Blog/Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/Instagram/Google Plus


Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

My Teacher For President Book Review

By Carrie at My Book Boost

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With the ugliness and nastiness of this year’s election, this post is a fresh breath of air. I really wish the Presidential election this year was like this book portrays it!

My Favorite Post of the Week:

 Resist or Redeem: The Power of Halloween Street

By Lydia at Journey of the Word

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Lydia’s timely post won my vote this week because of the loving manner she uses to tackle a difficult issue. She backs up her position with Scripture.

Remember to check out other hosts’ blogs to see which posts from last week were their favorites. Want to be the next to be featured! Just link up a post and if you are read the most, we will feature you. Also please make sure you link back to us so others will know about our link up and join in. We try to make it worth your while to linkup with us by promoting your posts across our social media networks. We also pin our most clicked and featured posts to our Pinterest Board each week!

Follow the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup on Pinterest.
 


Now, it is time to link up to the Literacy Musing Mondays hop! You will have until Saturdays at 12 p.m. now to link up! So come back often.:)

 

Literacy-Musing-Mondays- Family-Friendly linkup where we celebrate reading!

Linkup Rules:

  1. Include a link back or the blog hop button linked to this hop on your posts.
  2. Link up the urls to your posts not to your blog.
  3. Please remember this is a family-friendly linkup. Although we believe in the right for adults to read whatever they want to read, we prefer to read wholesome posts that feature literature that edify and uplift families. We reserve the right to delete any posts that are not family friendly. We love all kinds of literature and genres including family-friendly inspirational romances, fantasy, or science fiction. We do not welcome any posts that feature excessive violence, sexual content, or any cursing. This rule also applies to book review posts that feature books that are not family-friendly. These posts will be deleted without notice to the blogger or explanation. While we believe in the right for all adults to read whatever they want, we feel our linkup is for family-friendly posts only. Thank you for understanding.
  4. We also want to be loving community by supporting one another. Please make a point to do this this week! Visit the two posts before yours and at least one other blogger’s post of your choice! I want to see lots of clicks on everyone’s posts. Remember it is also nice to follow them on their social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
  5. Follow your hosts and co-hosts on their social media.
  6. Tweet about the link up too.

[bctt tweet=”Come join the fun! Linkup your family-friendly, literacy posts at the #LMMLinkup! @maryandering” username=””]

Let’s Celebrate Reading and Learning together this week at Literacy Musing Mondays!


 

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