Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup: Read Aloud Routine

Welcome to the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup. I love sharing literacy ideas with each other, but I’m thrilled that today’s guest poster, Leah Courtney, shares valuable tips for increasing literacy in our own homes by incorporating read alouds into the family routine.

Four Simple Ways to Make Reading Aloud Part of Your Family Routine

By Leah Courtney

You probably know that reading to your children is important. You’ve heard the message from the time you were pregnant.

You know that reading to your babies and toddlers can encourage their interest in books and reading and can encourage them to become avid readers. You know that reading to your preschoolers can build their vocabulary and help them learn to recognize letters and words. You know that reading to your school-aged kids can continue to increase their vocabulary and their comprehension because you can read to them from books they can’t quite read for themselves yet. And you might even know that continuing to read to your older kids is a wonderful way to have awesome conversations about books they may not choose to pick up on their own.

You know all of this. But finding time to read to your kids every day sometimes seems overwhelming. Caught up in the day to day hustle and bustle- caring for kids, cleaning the house, cooking for the family, working either at home or away from home- you think it’s impossible to add one more thing you need to do. But reading to the kids doesn’t have to be a difficult or time consuming process. There are some simple ways that you can include reading with the kids in your daily activities.

Making time to read aloud to kids

Start small.

If you are trying to establish a time of reading to your kids and you try to begin with reading thirty minutes every day, chances are your efforts won’t succeed. Really little children don’t even have the attention span for long reading sessions and will probably do better starting with a short reading time.

Begin with the goal of ten minutes a day. You’ll be surprised at how quickly the kids- and you- will come to love your read aloud times. And chances are you’ll be spending more and more time as you go on.

Read at mealtime.

Want the kids to sit quietly at the table during lunch time? Read to them. This works best with kindergartners or older. By this time they’re past the age where you are cutting up food or feeding them. They’re eating independently. After everyone has their food and is settled at the table. Read to the family.

We’ve always enjoyed reading at lunch time. We’ll have a chapter book going, and I’ll read a chapter or two each day. It’s a great time to read when the kids are already doing something else. I’ve known families to include reading with dinnertime as well so that dads can be home and be a part of the read aloud time.

Read at bedtime.

This is often one of the best times to read to really little ones. Add reading to your bedtime routine. For small children, just read a short book or two. For older kids have a chapter book going and read a chapter each night. Reading at bedtime can help kids to settle in before time to go to sleep.

Make reading routine.

I’ve heard that it takes thirty days to create a lasting habit. With children, my experience is that some habits can be established much more quickly because many children appreciate and respond well to routines. If you can find ten minutes in your day to begin reading with your children every day, it will become a part of your routine.

Ten minutes in the morning as you start your day, ten minutes after lunch to help kids settle down and have some time to rest, ten minutes at bedtime as kids settle to sleep. If you can do it consistently, reading will become a part of your routine. Once reading is routine, the kids won’t let you skip it. I promise.

The routine of reading aloud with kids

Reading aloud with your children has so many benefits for the kids and for you. These simple ways can help you make reading aloud part of your family’s routine. How do you read aloud to your children? Please share your ideas on making reading aloud part of your daily routine in the comments’ area at the end of this post.

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Leah Courtney is a homeschooling mom of four. Her days are filled with being a mom, homemaker, and teacher. In her (very rare) free time, she enjoys blogging, reading, and reviewing books and curricula. These days she’s learning the joys of being a mom of teens. You can read about her family and homeschooling life at As We Walk Along the Road. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.

Be sure to visit Courtney post today for more information about literacy.


An important Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup announcement: We will take a break next week for the Fourth of July holiday. Enjoys fireworks and picnics as we celebrate our nation’s birthday. Don’t forget to thank God for our freedom and pray for the future.

 

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(Tami is taking a summer sabbatical from our linkup but still posting great pieces!)
 


Now let’s celebrate reading and learning by reviewing:

Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

5 Picture Books That Make History Interesting Again

By Carolyn at House Full of Book Worms

5 Picture Books That Make History Interesting Again

Carolyn is a regular at the Literacy Musing Mondays. Her posts are always popular. I love her suggested titles in this post. You can count on finding many books to add to your To Be Read lists. Be sure to check it out!

My Favorite Post of the Week:

In-Home Day Camp Week 2: The Game Plan

By Nancy “Mimi” Taylor at Mimi and the Grands

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Any grandchild would be thrilled to be part of Mimi’s day camp! I have been totally bowled over by the effort this grandma puts into making her day camps fun and educational. Any parent or caregiver will benefit from her ideas!

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!

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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.:)

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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 posts featuring books or writing with excessive violence, sexual content, or cursing. These posts will be deleted.
  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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Let’s Celebrate Reading and Learning together this week at Literacy Musing Mondays!


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Talk About Jesus Tuesdays: Christ Our Foundation

Let’s exalt Jesus together on this Talk About Jesus Tuesday! I love it when Scripture comes alive and am excited to share what Jesus has been teaching me through my Bible readings this week. Then, I want to hear from you!

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One of the first Sunday school songs I remember singing is “The Wise Man Built His House Upon the Rock.” When I was a preschooler illustrating the falling rain by stretching up to my tippy toes then bending down to grab my toes, the talking cucumber and tomato crew of  the Veggie Tales clip did not yet exist, but the message of the song was clear. No foundation other than the Rock was suitable for building my life.

At least, I thought it was clear. As I was reading my Bible this week, I had an epiphany. I had never fully grasped the meaning of this song or Jesus’ parable in Luke 6:46-49, but I did have a start. I had the correct head knowledge that our foundation is Jesus Christ. First Corinthians 3:11 states, “For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

Nevertheless, I completely glossed over the part about building on the foundation.

Luke 6:46-49 (ESV)

46 “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?47 Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: 48 he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.[c] 49 But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”

Without a doubt, our foundation is Christ but we can only tap into the riches of His abundant stability by anchoring our lives on Him, which we do through obedience to His Word. I love how the  IVP commentary puts it, “Spiritual strength grows out of obeying the Lord Jesus. It is like fixing a foundation deep in the earth.”

Christ is our foundation, but He calls us – empowered by the Holy Spirit – to dig deep and build our lives.

In his sermon titled “A Solid Foundation,” Pastor Nick Scarpa fleshes out what it means to dig deep.

Not just church attendance, but service in and to the church
Not just faith, but deeds that reflect our faith
Not just reading the Bible, but discovering its truths
Not just fellowship, but strong heart-level relationships
Not lip service, but TRUE obedience to Christ as Lord

Christ gave His life for me. His foundation enables me to stand strong through the storms, but He calls me to dig deep through obedience.

This is my testimony. What’s yours? Please share what you are learning from Scripture in the comments. You may also share any questions you have about Jesus so we can learn and grow together.

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Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup +A Review of Spiritual Warfare for Your Family

Welcome back to another wonderful week at the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup where we share about the books that inspire us as well as all other types of literature.

One book has been particularly inspirational to me over the last few weeks. Leighann McCoy’s newest book, Spiritual Warfare for Your Family, has challenged me to rely upon God’s strength to be the mom God has called me to be and protect my children from spiritual attacks. Check out my review then link up your own reviews and other literacy-related posts.

 Spiritual Warfare for Your Family:

What You Need to Know to Protect Your Children

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You Can Win the Battle on the Home Front!

The Enemy wants nothing more than to hurt you and those you love. But his power pales in comparison to God’s.

With warmth and wisdom, Leighann McCoy offers this practical guide to protecting your family from spiritual attack. In these pages you will learn what spiritual warfare is as it relates to your children and discover why you may be struggling to overcome the weapons of the Enemy. From there you’ll develop the offensive tactics to strike first through prayer and the knowledge of God’s Word.

Whatever stage your family is in–from babies to the teen years to enjoying your grandchildren–be empowered to recognize your own vulnerability and lean more heavily on God’s strength and wisdom. He has every tool you need to protect your loved ones.

Includes end-of-chapter questions for reflection or group use.

What I liked:

1. The book is not weird. This may seem like a no-brainer, but I was not certain what I was getting into by reading a book on spiritual warfare by an author I was not familiar with. I need not have worried. McCoy put me at ease by on the first page of the introduction when she clarified, “This is a book about hope. It’s a book about victory and success.” She was not looking for a demon on every corner but was serious about overcoming Satan’s very real attacks. Spiritual warfare is not pleasant, but it is real, and we should not avoid discussing it. This book helps.

2. McCoy moves logically from the theology of spiritual warfare to the practicalities of fighting the battles. Her book is broken into six sections that progress from a biblical definition of spiritual warfare to how parents can be victorious in the face of common challenges.

3. McCoy hits the nail on the head when she details the struggles modern families face. Over and over, I found myself saying, “Yes! I’ve seen that play out either in my own life or in the lives of my friends.”

4. Prayer and the power of God are exalted over method. Human strength and logic will fail, but our powerful God is unfailing.

What I disliked:

There is really nothing in this book I disliked. The appendices are online, and I would have preferred at least a few rough outlines of the appendix content included in the actual book because the topics are so relevant.

My Overall Star Rating: 5 Stars

**I received this book free of charge from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
Now on to our weekly Literacy Musing Monday’s linkup:

 

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Now let’s celebrate reading and learning by reviewing:

Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

The Book Nook At Create With Joy #19 Featuring Books Your Family Will Love

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Book Nook at Create With Joy

This is a great linkup to participate in. This week the organizer is also inviting you to linkup your GoodReads profiles. She also featured great family books I want to read! I hope you will check out her post.

My Favorite Post of the Week:

Where’s Your Trust? Part 1

Trusting God in the Face of Fear

By Debbie Kitterman

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Debbie takes readers through the biblical story of Gideon to inspire them to listen to trust God in the midst of difficulty.

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 our 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- 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 posts featuring books or writing with excessive violence, sexual content, or cursing. These posts will be deleted.
  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.

[tweetthis]Come join the fun! Link up your family-friendly, book- or literacy-related posts at #LMMLinkup ![/tweetthis]

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

 

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Blogaversary Week: Best Blog Posts

It’s my BLOGAVERSARY and I’m gonna party!

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I’m also giving a HUGE shout-out to all my readers, followers, and subscribers.

THANK YOU!

To celebrate one year of blogging at Forever Joyful, I’m highlighting my top ten favorite posts. Hopefully, you will enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them!

Presented in reverse order:

#10

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The Shocking Kind of Literature Kids Love

While shocking, I’m actually glad my kids want to read this!

#9

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How Little House Books Tempt Me

I never thought something so wholesome could be problematic!

#8

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Rosco the Rascal in the Land of Snow: A Review

This post holds a special place in my heart because Rosco is the first book one of my children co-reviewed with me!

#7

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Talk About Jesus Tuesdays: God’s Protection and Christian Unity

Friend, God’s mercies are great and new every morning. Great is His faithfulness!

#6

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Forever Joyful Even When Your Child Is Sick

In our weakest moments, God is the source of our Forever Joy, and He loves our children more than we ever could.

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Stop: Don’t Read That!

Hey, Mom, sometimes you just gotta say NO!

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The Potty Humor Problem

The mere fact your kids find it funny does not make it appropriate!

#3

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The Number One Book People Are Talking About Right Now

Don’t worry! Hasn’t changed since I first wrote this post!

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Why I Don’t Read to My Baby

Now that seems surprising, doesn’t it?

#1

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Gracie and the P.E. Disaster

It’s a favorite because I wrote it, and it feels like a part of me. Sign up for Forever Joyful by using the tool in the upper right sidebar to receive the entire story as a PDF to share with your daughters.

I want to celebrate YOU! Please leave links to favorite blog posts you have written in the comments. I’ll be sure to check them out. Share some blog love and visit links others are leaving, too!

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Happy Blogaversary: Thanks to My Blogging Community

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This week marks my one-year blogaversary. That’s right! On June 12, 2015, I debuted my first blog post on Forever Joyful. Blogging has been a wild, crazy, and wonderful adventure that I would not trade even for a few more hours sleep!

Top Ten Reasons I Love Blogging

  1. Engaging with an online community with similar interests. The internet is chocked full of wonderful resources, and I love checking them out!
  2. Sharing about Jesus and testifying about His many mercies. (Participate in my Talk About Jesus Tuesdays series if you have not already.)
  3. Co-hosting the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup and gleaning from the treasure trove of literacy-related ideas readers share each week.
  4. Opportunities to practice writing and grow as a writer. My son’s teacher has given him some great tips for more vivid writing, and I am learning right alongside!
  5. Reading blogger’s favorite children’s book lists. Generally speaking, book lists are my Number One favorite type of blog post. My children have been so blessed through other people’s reading suggestions.
  6. Creating my own Top Five and Top Ten lists. Thinking through experiences and favorites to compile a list has been a fabulous way to help me organize my thoughts and reflect on lessons learned.
  7. Expanding my Internet know-how. Even though WordPress and Bluehost make blogging easy, I have still learned tons about blog design and creating on the internet I never knew that I never knew!
  8. Receiving the Liebster Award. Who doesn’t like some encouragement!
  9. Commenting on blog posts and receiving comments on my posts.
  10. Praying for my readers and other bloggers as they share various prayer needs. If you have a prayer request, please share it with me in the comments or through my About page.

What about you? Why do you love blogging?

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Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup: One Special Book

What is your one special book? My overall favorite is, of course, the Bible, and I hope that’s true for many of you as well. Of course, I have sub-favorites for each of my most-read genres: fiction, biography, children’s, etc as well as special books I associate with particular people, events, and places.

Leigh Ellen Eades, our guest poster for this week’s linkup, shares about the one special book that transformed her from a reluctant reader into a voracious one.

 

A Day No Pigs Would Die :

A Book That Instilled A Love for Reading

By Leigh Ellen Eades

Growing up I loved to check the mail. I’d run to the mailbox each day in anticipation of finding an envelope or package with my name on it. My momma had subscribed me to several reading clubs and books were arriving continually. I’d safely say I had more books than toys. Yet, no matter how many books arrived, one thing was still missing. My desire to read.

Early in my reading journey I began comparing my ability to the ability of the other kids in my class. I saw myself as “less than” and, as a result, I closed up. I dreaded being called on to read aloud in class and writing answers to comprehension questions made me want to cry! Sadly, I didn’t enjoy reading.

Then I started high school and was given an energetic ninth grade English teacher. Never before had a teacher made me enjoy English quite like she did. Every lesson she taught captured my attention. I looked forward to anything she taught until the day she announced we were responsible for a book report. My heart sank!

Our class took a trip to the school library to check out books. I watched as others ran to the shelves and immediately found books they couldn’t wait to read. Slowly, I strolled around the room as discouragement breathed down my neck. Thousands of books stared at me, but none of them looked appealing. How would I pass this assignment?

My empty-handed wandering must have caught my teacher’s attention. She came alongside me and struck up a conversation. I didn’t want to disappoint her, but I just wasn’t into reading. We talked a little while, and then she said, “I think I know just the book for you.” I wasn’t convinced, but I trusted her and checked it out.

A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck became the book that convinced me I could love to read. After years of dread, I found a book I couldn’t put down. I completed my book report with joy and confidence. And, I’m certain it was because a teacher saw me wandering around the library, took time to learn my interests, and then introduced me to my niche in the literary world.

Yes, the girl who once dreaded reading now plans her daily activities around having time to read! And, someday she hopes to author a book of her own!

Leigh Ellen Eades writes about books that inspire her love of reading.

Leigh Ellen Eades is a writer and friend who is driven to help others discover the power of abiding in Christ. She began her writing career after 12 years as an elementary teacher. Presently, she enjoys being a stay at home mom, while following her writing dreams. You can connect with Leigh Ellen on Facebook, Twitter, or her blog, www.raisinganarrow.org.


Now on to our weekly Literacy Musing Monday’s linkup where we link up posts about what inspires you in reading, writing, blogging, homeschooling, and even share our written Bible devotions.

First, let’s

 

Meet Your Hosts (3)

 

Leslie@Forever Joyful
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Gayl@Words, Photos, and Art
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Mary @Maryandering Creatively
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Now let’s celebrate reading and learning by reviewing:

Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

An Open Letter to the New Homeschooler I Met Today

By Shelly Sangrey @RedHheadMom8

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Shelley offers some great advice for new homeschoolers. If you are thinking about homeschooling, this post inspires and is a great place to start.

 

My Favorite Post of the Week:

28 Kids Books About the Ocean

I’m a beach bum originally from a landlocked state, and this post speaks to my head. Regardless of from where you hail, your kids are sure to relish a literary trip to the beach with some storybook friends. This is a not-to-miss list!

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!

Followthe 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- 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 posts featuring books or writing with excessive violence, sexual content, or cursing. These posts will be deleted.
  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.

[tweetthis]Come join the fun! Link up your family-friendly, book- or literacy-related posts at #LMMLinkup ![/tweetthis]

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

What is the one book that changed your mind about reading or helped inspire you to love books? Share in the comments below.

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Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup: Summer Learning

Are you excited about summer? As a homeschooling mom, I absolutely adore every last moment of summer break. I need a rest from formal schooling to re-energize for the next year. However, while official school work is finished until Labor Day, my family’s learning never stops. That’s why I’m so thankful for all the great literacy-promoting ideas shared each week at the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup. 


First, let’s

 

Meet Your Hosts (3)

 

Leslie@Forever Joyful
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Gayl@Words, Photos, and Art
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Mary @Maryandering Creatively
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Tami @ThisMomsDelight
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Now let’s celebrate reading and learning by reviewing:

Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

Toward a Theology of Reverence and Awe

By Michele Morin at Living Our Days

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Michele’s posts are frequently the most clicked each week. This week, she received a record number of clicks. Her review of None Like Him by Jen Wilkin turns into a song of praise that warms the heart. This post is one not to miss.

My Favorite Post of the Week:

How to Have a Summer of Learning

By Rachel at Smart Mom Smart Ideas

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My family’s formal homeschool is officially closed for summer, but our learning never stops. No matter what schooling option you use for your children (or grandchildren), they are sure to benefit from Rachel’s ideas.
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- 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 posts featuring books or writing with excessive violence, sexual content, or cursing. These posts will be deleted.
  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.

[tweetthis]Come join the fun! Link up your family-friendly, book- or literacy-related posts at #LMMLinkup ![/tweetthis]

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Reaching Millennials: Proven Methods for Engaging a Younger Generation

One thing I am passionate about is reaching the lost with the hope-giving, life-saving good news of Jesus Christ. (If you do not know what I’m talking about, please check out these resources.) When I found out about David Stark’s new book called Reaching Millennials: Proven Methods for Engaging a Younger Generation, I waited with bated breath for the release date and my own copy to arrive in the mail. My expectations were so high it was essentially impossible for any single book (other than the Holy Bible itself) to meet them fully. Nevertheless, I did get some great takeaways from Stark’s book.

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Synopsis

A Better Way to Reach Millennials With the Gospel

There’s a reason you see fewer and fewer Millennials in your church. Typical evangelism methods often drive them away. People born between 1978 and 1998 have a different mindset than previous generations. But as nationally known church consultant David Stark shares, there are creative, biblical ways to engage Millennials outside the church, even those with negative views of Christianity.

In Reaching Millennials, you will learn how to
· Anticipate and overcome common barriers to faith
· Build trust and openness in genuine, welcomed ways
· Plan events that attract Millennials and energize your own people
· And much more!

Based on principles that built the church of the New Testament, Stark shows how any congregation today–large or small, established or new–can share God’s love with a spiritually hungry generation.

What I liked:

  1. The book provided great outreach suggestions and strategies for churches to implement with practical examples of how they had been implemented by other churches.
  2. The author stirred up my passion and enthusiasm for sharing the Gospel and reaching my peer group for Christ.
  3. As an older millennial myself, I could easily relate to the author’s description of the millennial generation as a whole. Regardless of the readers’ age, understanding what makes the millennial generation tick is helpful for reaching them with the Gospel.

What I disliked:

  1. Most of the strategies could only be implemented by a church or Christian organization and not by an individual.
  2. While many of the strategies I would be eager for my church to embrace, there were several seeker-oriented worship plans I question. I was not thoroughly convinced the biblical tests used in the support of these methods were taken thoroughly in context.

Overall Star Rating:

Four out of 5 stars for pastors or those in full-time church ministry

Three-and-a-half out of 5 stars for those not employed by the church (or volunteering heavily of their time with an organized group in outreach capacities)

**I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup: Book Excitement!


When was the last time you were really excited about a book? I mean really, really excited! As excited as a cat catching a mouse. As excited as a preschooler jumping in mud puddles. I have latched onto one of my childhood favorites again and am fully there with the excitement. Our whole family is thoroughly enjoying listening to Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic The Secret Garden as we rumble down the road in our slightly cluttery and extremely comfortable minivan. Find out more about the books we have recently devoured by checking out last week’s post Final Friday Family Faves.

Now on to our weekly Literacy Musing Monday’s linkup where we link up posts about reading, writing, blogging, and even share our written Bible devotions.

First, let’s

 

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Now let’s celebrate reading and learning by reviewing:

Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

5 Simple Steps to Creating a Literature-Based Unit Study

By Shelly at There’s No Place Like Home

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Shelley is one busy mom with 10 kids at home whom she homeschools. The steps she suggests are easy to put into practice. You will want to check this post out for your own ideas on unit planning.

My Favorite Post of the Week:

Dear Kindergarten: My Stressed-Out, Heartbroken Child Survived You

‘By Jen at jensalittleloopy.com

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Jen highlights a dilemma faced by too many parents of children labeled (rightly or wrongly) with learning challenges. Her vivid writing nearly moved me to tears, which is the essence of good writing. Visit Jen’s blog and leave her some encouragement in the comments.
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!

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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- 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 posts featuring books or writing with excessive violence, sexual content, or cursing. These posts will be deleted.
  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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Final Friday Family Faves: May 2016

With summer charging in full steam ahead, several of our family favorites are best enjoyed with good weather!

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Hunter (Daddy) adores running outside in a warm summer breeze. He’s long been a fan of Daniel’s Running Formula by Jack Daniels and is rereading it in anticipation of much time exercising outdoors. Just the fact he has read this book multiple times should speak volumes!

Leslie (Mommy) was inspired by missionary Kent Brantley’s autobiography Called for Life. Kent Brantley, M.D. served at the famous ELWA Hospital during the recent West African Ebola crisis. In his gripping autobiography, he recounts his personal battle with the deadly virus.

Archie (8.5) chose a rather lightweight title this month in the novel Galaxy Zack and the Science Fair Disaster by Ray O’Ryan. While not particularly intellectually stimulating, this hilarious series keeps young boys rolling in laughter as they travel with everyday hero Zack through the realms of outer space.

Grace (6.5) is hanging on every word of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, bringing me back to my childhood days when I listened in rapt attention while my mother read the same tale aloud. Grace is not the only one hanging on every word. The mysterious adventures of orphaned aristocrat Mary Lennox has equally drawn in my son.

Beep! Beep! Vroom! Vroom! Grant (25 months) is hard to separate from his copy of Rookie Toddler Counting Cars and Trucks. Featuring fun pictures of vehicles, Grant first discovered this book at our local public library, and we have since added it to his personal collection.

What about you? Please share about your family’s favorite books in the comments.

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