Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup + $30 Paypal Cash Giveaway Reminder

Who’s going to win our $30 Paypal Cash Giveaway? Maybe you!

Please link up your best posts about about reading, writing, blogging, Christian living, homeschooling, and anything else literacy-related then enter to win some back-to-school cash!


 

 

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Leslie@Forever Joyful
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Mary @Maryandering Creatively
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Tami @ThisMomsDelight
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Now let’s celebrate family-friendly reading and learning.

Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

 

Scripture Prayers for Your Homeschool- Part 1

By Suzanna at Wonder-filled Days

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This post is short, but packed with power. Praying for our children’s learning is essential. I hope you take time to hop over and look at the post. I know it will bless you.

 

My Favorite Post of the Week:

The Power of Learning to Write with Saltiness

By Amy Hagerup at The Vitamin Shepherd

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God wants both our speech and our writing to be seasoned with salt. Amy highlights how our blogging can make a difference in the lives of our readers. 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! 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 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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Final Friday Family Faves: August 2016 Edition

Great books go with back-to-school time like peanut butter and jelly! We’ve got some new faves this month.

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Hunter (Daddy) picked a lecture series highlighting classics that profoundly impacted Western culture and society rather than a book. He just completed the final installment of this three-course series called Life Lessons from the Great Books by J. Rufus Fears.

Life Lessons from the Great Books [Set of 18 Audiocassettes + 3 Course Guidebooks] (The Great Courses: Literature & English Language, PA2180)
Leslie (Mommy) was inspired by Mafatu’s adventures in Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry (Newberry Winner, 1941). Off the top of my head, I cannot recall reading any other fiction set in the Polynesian islands before the dawn of recorded history. The uniqueness of this book in both setting and plot captivated me from the first page to the last.. Call It Courage also earned my son’s hearty two thumbs up. *Content caution: This book talks extensively about ancient gods, so it’s worth reinforcing to your children that the God of the Bible is the one and only true God.
I got worried that Archie (8.5) might fly off to Neverland with John, Michael and Wendy in J.M. Barrie’s classic, Peter Pan. The beginning started off a bit slowly so Archie wanted to give up, but he’s so glad he persevered. By the time Peter whisked the Darling children to Neverland, Archie was hooked on every word.

Grace (7) found the protagonists in Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo 100% endearing. When you combine a sweet girl, an affectionate dog and some subtly taught lessons about overcoming loneliness through friendship, you have a masterpiece. We loved the book so much that the movie is on our to-watch list.

Toes, Ears & Nose by Karen Katz was the winner with Grant (2). He is so proud of himself because he can finally “read” the names of all the body parts along with this book. What a big book for a big boy!

What books did your family love this month? Please share about them in the comments.

**This post contains affiliate links to books we love. If you purchase using the links, I will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you!

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Literacy Musing Mondays: $30 Paypal Cash Giveaway!

What’s better than borrowing a great book from the library? Buying a few of your own with the $30 Paypal Cash prize you just won! Enter our giveaway for your chance to win. Winner announced Labor Day.


Now on to our weekly Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup – your source for great posts about reading, writing, blogging, Christian living, homeschooling, and more!

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 family-friendly reading and learning.

Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

 

Cheap Camping Cheats: Tricks for a totally tremendous tenting trip

By Lisa at Syncopated Mama

 

Everyone loves a great camping trip, right? Well, maybe some of us love the hotel better. Anyway, Lisa makes me *almost* want to go camping with this informative post that shares great camping tips.

 

My Favorite Post of the Week:

Why Read the Lists

By Michele Morin at Living Our Days

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 Long-time Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup participant Michele Morin knocks the ball out of the park once again with her post “Why Read the Lists.” Her original poetry reminds readers that God knows each of our names, and no one is lost in a mass of humanity.

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 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.

[Tweet theme=”tweet-box-shadow”]Come join the fun! Link up your family-friendly, book- or literacy-related posts at #LMMLinkup ! @Maryandering[/Tweet]

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

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Talk About Jesus Tuesdays: Worth More Than a Bronze Medal

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“The third place winner in the Baby Contest Walkers Division is Grant Thomas.” Competitive by nature, I was uncharacteristically unmoved when the judges called my youngest’s name out as the third-place finisher at our County Fair. You can bet I was high-fiving and congratulating my kids on each and every ribbon they won on their baking, photography, fine arts, and sewing exhibits, so the contrast in my reaction to Grant’s Baby Parade win was stark.
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While the daylight and dark contrast was as shocking as an August snow storm, the reason for it was strikingly clear to me. The worth of my son is not tied up in a judge’s opinion. Grant’s worth is intrinsic. He is a child of God created in the image of God to display His glory (Genesis 1:27).  Our masterful Creator meticulously designed every fiber of Grant’s being for His pleasure (Revelation 4:11).

Thankfully, Grant’s shallow victory hasn’t been the only recent lesson in our worth coming from God and God alone. Several Olympic champions have been proclaiming it loud and clear.

In an article appearing in Christianity Today, 2012 Olympic gold medalist and current silver medalist in synchronized diving David Boudia explains how he and his diving partner Steele Johnson differentiate between their intrinsic worth and their athletic accomplishments.

Boudia says, “It’s just an identity crisis. When my mind is on this [diving], and I’m thinking I’m defined by this, then my mind goes crazy. But we both know that our identity is in Christ, and we’re thankful for this opportunity to be able to dive in front of Brazil and in front of the United States.”

I love how 20-year-old Johnson puts it. “The fact that I was going into this event knowing that my identity is rooted in Christ and not what the result of this competition is just gave me peace … and it let me enjoy the contest.”

Boudia and Johnson are not alone in properly attributing their self-worth to God. My aspiring-swimmer daughter’s newest hero in the pool, gold medalist Maya DiRado, also hits the nail on her head during her Christianity Today interview.

“I don’t think God really cares about my swimming very much. This is not my end purpose, to make the Olympic team…Knowing that I’m a child of God and that his love for me is determined by nothing I can achieve or do on my own has given me a quiet confidence.”

Way to go, Maya! I want my daughter looking up to people like you who will point her to God no matter how her future pool outcomes may go.

Now, my precious Grant. When you grow up and look at your Baby Contest pictures, please know you were never entered to determine your worth, which needs no external validation. You were entered because your siblings think you are so incredibly precious they were dying to design a float for you and show you off to the world. You are precious in their eyes and God’s.

Now it’s your turn! Talk About Jesus Tuesdays is for sharing Jesus’ love. Let’s talk about Jesus and lift Him up through the comments! Christians are invited to share their testimonies about Jesus and what they are learning about Him. If you are not yet a Christian, we welcome you to ask questions about faith and share any struggles you’re having with belief.

However, I do have one ground rule. While you are free to express your doubts and struggles with faith so we can encourage you, please do so in a respectful manner. Jesus is my Lord and Savior, and I will delete any comments that are disrespectful.

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Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup: Nurturing Courage

If you’ve ever wondered about the best books for nurturing courage in your children, Suzanna of Wonder-Filled Days has some great suggestions she is sharing with us at the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup this week!

Books to Nurture Courage

By Suzanna of Wonder-Filled Days

As parents, we want to nurture courage in our children. We want to raise boys and girls who will stand up for what’s right even when they’re afraid. The very idea of fear is part of the definition of courage: courage is not the absence of fear, but doing what is right even when fear is present.

In raising kids of courage, the most important thing we can do for our children is pray that God would give them hearts of courage. God says He has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and strength. God can put that kind of heart in the hearts of our children.

We can also model courage and a reliance on God for strength in front of our children. Do our children see us running from difficult situations or doing things in spite of our fears? We, as parents, play a greater role in influencing our children’s lives than anything else (apart from God, of course). For me sometimes that’s a scary thought. I’ve seen both the bad and good that I’ve modeled showing up in my children’s lives.

There are also many excellent models of courage that we can share with our children. Of course, Scripture is filled with godly heroes, but many examples can also be found outside of scripture. Children are looking for role models, so let’s fill their lives with courageous heroes they can aspire to follow.

The books in this list will give your children characters that promote virtue and bravery in the face of difficult situations.

The books are roughly organized by age level with the younger level books at the beginning.

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To read more of her post and learn about each book head over to Suzanna’s post.

 

About Suzanna

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Suzanna is mom to four boys and now an adorable little baby girl who’s growing up too fast and who will never doubt that her family loves her. She loves books and teaching and all things homeschooling. She blogs at Wonder-filled Days. You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.


In other Literacy Musing news, we are having a Back to School Giveaway. One of our lucky readers will win $30 in PayPal cash to use for back to school supplies. The contest will run through Labor Day. We will announce the winner the next Monday. Good luck.


Now on to our weekly Literacy Musing Monday’s linkup where we link up posts about what inspires you in reading, writing, blogging, 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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Tami @ThisMomsDelight
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Now let’s celebrate family-friendly reading and learning.

Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

One Change I Made to Help Me Stay Tidy, Clean and Organized With A Large Family

By Emma Francis at EmmaFrancisathome
We all need ideas on helping us learn tips and tricks to keeping our families better organized. I love this simple idea.

My Favorite Post of the Week:

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Joan of Arc Unit Study
By: Royal Little Lambs
We studied Joan of Arc during our homeschool two years ago. I wish I’d had these fantastic resources on this fascinating historical figure then!
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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 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.

[Tweet theme=”tweet-box-shadow”]Come join the fun! Link up your family-friendly, book- or literacy-related posts at #LMMLinkup ! @Maryandering[/Tweet]

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

 

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Stories About Sewing for All Ages

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If there’s anything more delightful to my second-grade daughter than sewing, it’s discovering the plethora of literature on the subject! Her focus on sewing and other crafting recently reached a fever-pitch as she diligently prepared her work for our County Fair.

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Grace’s fair sewing project

Admittedly, I am not much of a seamstress, but my sewing-talented friend and I had a blast teaching a group of students (boys, too) in our home-school co-op about beginning stitchery. During each week of our “Stitch and Story” class, we worked on our projects and enjoyed a good book.

Here are some of our favorite fiction books about sewing!

I Had a Favorite Dress by Boni Ashburn

This simple picture book was love at first read. I adore the resourcefulness of the main character and her mother as they refuse to let a favorite garment die but re-purpose it again and again.

The Berenstain Bears and Mama’s New Job by Stan and Jan Berenstain

This oldie but goodie has graced my bookcase since my childhood days. The whole family pitches in to help Mama launch her quilting business.

Crafty Chloe by Kelly DiPucchio

Crafty Chloe is both resourceful and magnanimous. Not only does she design a fabulous birthday gift, she shows mercy toward an undeserving party-goer, modeling two essential character traits for our children.

The Nesting Quilt by Cathryn Falwell

Excellent for younger children, this book also doubles as a great guide to help a child prepare to become a big sibling.

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

The Hundred Dresses is one of those masterpieces of children’s literature that could appear on any number of reading lists. Dress design is the theme of this moving tale about kindness. This short chapter book is suitable for young and old readers alike. The edition in my affiliate link features lovely illustrations.*

The Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Sewing was completely essential for prairie life, so these chapter books feature it prominently. The audio version read by Cherry Jones makes these classics accessible to younger children.

The Little House Sewing Book

Technically, this gem is not a story. However, it is packed with sewing projects for little hands reminiscent of Laura’s childhood days, so it deserves a mention.

Happy Birthday, Kirsten (American Girl) by Janet Shaw

Many of the historical American Girl novels reference sewing, but Happy Birthday, Kirsten earns my Sewing Star Book Award. Pioneer children learn lessons in quilting and working together as they prepare a Friendship Quilt.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

*This post contains affiliate links to books we love. If you purchase the books, I will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you.

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Literacy Musing Mondays: Poetry & Children

What a treat we have this week at our Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup! Guest Poster, KT Brison, shares about the joys of reading poetry with children. We’ve already discovered a few of these for ourselves through the poetry tea time she suggests.

Reading Poetry With Children

By KT Brison

Reading poetry with kids can be a joyful experience, but first you have to get your littles interested. What are the best ways to do that?

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How to make poetry appealing to kids

Add Visual Beauty

One of the easiest ways to do this is to find a beautifully illustrated book of poems. My copy of Dean’s Mother Goose Book of Rhymes, illustrated by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone, has captured my imagination since I was 6 years old. The pictures in this book are the kind that a little can stare at for hours. Coupling such illustrations with poetry practically guarantees a child’s interest.

Add Laughter

Can you say Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky? Both of these geniuses have written several books of poetry for kids that will leave your littles in stitches. And a spoonful of laughter helps the poetry go down. In the most delightful way.

Add History

I lucked into my 1935 copy of Sung Under the Silver Umbrella at a yard sale for a quarter. This book is filled with poems for children by some of the greats–Christina Rossetti, Edward Lear, R.L. Stevenson, and Edna St. Vincent Millay, to name a few. Our Children’s Own Longfellow is from 1908. The boys love to read from these books and think about all the people who may have read them before. Plus, you know that great smell an old book has? Poetry.

Add a Story

Who better to make you littles fall in love with poetry than Lewis Carroll? When a poem is inserted into a story as wonderful as Alice in Wonderland, suddenly your littles are wanting very much to read and understand it. We have a copy of “The Jabberwocky” on our classroom wall because it is one of our all-time favorites.

Add a Tea Party

One of my favorite trends on the interweb right now is the poetry tea time. We even recently purchased a matching tea set to make ours more authentic. Serve a yummy, cozy tea, cuddle up with your kiddos, and read some good poetry.

However you do it, now is the time to get your littles interested in poems and create a lifelong love that they will always be grateful for and memories for them to take with them wherever they go.

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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words. You can connect with her on her blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or Instagram.


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

First, let’s

 

Meet-Your-Hosts-3

 

Leslie@Forever Joyful
Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+
Gayl@Words, Photos, and Art
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Mary @Maryandering Creatively
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Tami @ThisMomsDelight (on summer break) 🙂
Blog/Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/Instagram/Google Plus
 


Now let’s celebrate family-friendly reading and learning.

Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

 

Globetrotting with Books: The Series & Link Up

Globetrotting with Books: The Series & Link Up at the Globetrotting Mom

 

We have a new linkup joining us at the Literacy Musing Mondays community which also happened to be the most clicked this week. Organized by Swapna with the Globetrotting Mom, this linky is only for posts on books that explore a country or have a backdrop of a country. It could be a book review or how a place or experience reminded you of such a book. No other topic. I really love this idea. Now, I have to put a post together for the linkup. Be sure to check your archives for posts that you think will match up and join in the fun.

 

 

My Favorite Post of the Week:

Something Old, Something New: Seven Celebrated Youth Authors Compare Their New Books to Beloved Classics

By Sarah at Ten Books a Month

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Sarah put a ton of work into her post highlighting seven new children’s books reminiscent of classics. I’ve already added two to my reading list! Check out the list for reading suggestions!

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 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.

[Tweet theme=”tweet-box-shadow”]Come join the fun! Link up your family-friendly, book- or literacy-related posts at #LMMLinkup ! @Maryandering[/Tweet]

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

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Literacy Musing Mondays: Back to School Checklist

It’s still hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk in my neck of the woods, so fall seems eons away. Nevertheless, the calendar tells me back-to-school season is rapidly approaching.

With less than a month of vacation to go, it’s time for me to devote a little time to getting ready for my homeschool year. Here are the Top 5 items on my checklist:

  1. Get my syllabi together and coordinate with my co-teachers for the classes I am teaching at my homeschool co-op.
  2. Take advantage of back-to-school supply sales. I also stock up on all the school supplies I will need for packing Operation Christmas Child shoe box gifts in November. Additionally, it’s fun to allow my children to pick out school supplies to donate to local drives.
  3. Keep my children’s basic academic skills sharp. For us, this looks like doing a brief math lesson once or twice a week and reading everyday.
  4. Double check my curriculum to make sure I have everything I need.
  5. Take full advantage of the last weeks of rest, so we launch our school year fully charged.

What about you? What’s on your back to school checklist? Please share in the comments.

Now on to our weekly Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup – your source for great posts about reading, writing, blogging, Christian living, homeschooling, and more!

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 (on summer break) 🙂
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Now let’s celebrate family-friendly reading and learning.

Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

 

Why University Model K-12 Schools Are Taking Off

By Jennifer E. Landis at Tuned In Parents (TiP)

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These schools blend private and home-based options and model the school day after the actual experience of a college student. It really is an interesting article with great resources!

My Favorite Post of the Week:

10+ Fiction Books that Emphasize Hard Work and Determination

By Suzanna at Wonder-Filled Days

10 Fiction Books that Emphasize Hard Work and Determination

 

 

The Little House Series (Farmer Boy in particular) and Caddie Woodlawn have long been favorites in our home. We also recently listened to Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, which I thoroughly enjoyed but would recommend for slightly older children as mine lost interest after the portion dealing with the hero’s childhood. Miracles on Maple Hill was already on my reading list, and I cannot wait to check out a few titles I am not familiar with. Thanks, Suzanna, for the great 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!

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 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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Final Friday Family Faves: July 2016

Why do we read? While the reasons our family loves reading are many, deepening our relationships with Jesus Christ is a key one. This month’s choices highlight some great Christian resources.
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Hunter (Daddy) is enjoying rereading Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology with a group of men from our church. Admittedly, the book is a bit of a Behemoth, but the information therein makes it well worth the time investment. Every Christian needs to understand what he or she believes and why.

If you absolutely do not have the time for such a large book, check out the shorter “basics” version by Grudem called Christian Beliefs: Twenty Basics Every Christian Should Know.

Leslie (Mommy) was inspired by Tony Perkin’s book No Fear: Real Stories of a Courageous New Generation Standing for Truth. The news constantly assaults me with stories of American Christians being stripped of their religious liberties, but this book gives me hope that a generation of Christians is rising up and standing for biblical truth despite persecution. While I consider most of the content too mature for my own children, it would be perfect for sharing with teens.

Archie (8.5) was hesitant to admit how much he is loving a princess book. Nevertheless, his eagerness to read our nightly installment of George MacDonald’s classic The Lost Princess should serve as an endorsement in its own right. We own the beautifully illustrated version that was purchased sometime during my own childhood (featured in my affiliate link). Initially, the pictures hooked Archie, but now he is totally captivated by the story. While the book is about a princess, it’s about as far away from a Disney fairy story as you can get. And, Mom, it belongs to the genre of The Shocking Kind of Literature That Kids Love.

Grace (7) stayed in stitches through The Moffats by Eleanor Estes. Actually, our entire family chuckled our way through this audio book production from Full Cast Audio, which features a different voice for every character. Eleanor Estes children’s novel The Hundred Dresses is one of my all time favorites, and The Moffats did not fall far behind. We found the family every bit as lovable as the Penderwicks but even easier for young children to relate to.

Grant (2) has joined the rest of our family in appreciating The Big Picture Story Bible by David Helm in his own baby way. The Number One reason I love this book is because it weaves the the story of redemption through both Old and New Testament stories. From the story of creation and the fall on, we hear about God’s promise of a Savior, which is fulfilled in Jesus Christ.

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Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup: My Reading List

Welcome back to the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup – your source for great posts about reading, writing, blogging, Christian living, homeschooling, and more! Thanks for taking the time each week to link up your posts. As I was reading last week’s linkup, I came up with a list of four books that I added to my future reading list. In no particular order they are: A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck, Blue by Joyce Hostetter, The Last Cherry Blossom by Kathleen Burkinshaw, and Run the World by Becky Wade.

What great book suggestions have you read based off our linkup? Please share in the comments.

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Now let’s celebrate reading and learning.

Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

Raising Readers: 5 Must-Have Books for Parents

Honey for a Child’s Heart is my go-to for great literature suggestions. Carolyn has put together an outstanding resource list, so please check it out!

My Favorite Post of the Week:

Meet Kathleen Burkinshaw–Debut Middle Grade Author

By Carol Baldwin

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I enjoyed reading about the research that went into debut novelist Kathleen Burkinshaw’s World War II Japanese survivor story. Sounds like a great read middle grade read!

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.

[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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