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Waterhouse-Diogenes_1882Patrick the Saint

Have you or your children ever wondered what Saint Patrick’s Day is really about?  Was there really a Patrick – and what’s the deal with the shamrock?  Christian History Magazine’s archives are an excellent resource.  They’ve allowed public access to this article about Patrick by Mary Cagney:  “A fleet of 50 currachs (longboats) weaved its way toward the shore, where a young Roman Brit and his family walked. His name was Patricius, the 16-year-old son of a civil magistrate and tax collector. He had heard stories of Irish raiders who captured slaves and took them “to the ends of the world,” and as he studied the longboats, he no doubt began imagining the worst.”

700 Free Online Courses from Top Universities

This list from Open Culture is categorized by subject and provides links to over 700 free online courses.  Subjects include history, art, architecture, law, language, literature, music and film.  I’m not familiar with the site, or any of the courses offered, but it seemed like a resource worth knowing about!

The Myth of Teenage Rebellion

“When I spoke at the D6 Conference, I made an off-handed statement that has generated a lot of questions.  In that talk, I said something to the effect that teen rebellion is not found in all cultures. Thus, it is not a universal cultural experience. In other words, it is a myth that teens consistently rebel in every culture and context.” ~ Ed Stetzer

Seven Things to Pray for Your Children

“Some years back a good friend shared with me seven Scripture texts that he and his wife prayed for their two daughters from the time they were infants. The girls are now grown. And it’s beautiful to see how God has (and still is) answering the faithful, specific prayers of faith-filled parents in the lives of these young, godly women.” ~ Jon Bloom

The Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Mother

I see a lot of cries for help on the internet.  It seems like every parenting issue is met by loud voices proclaiming there must be something developmentally wrong with the child.  Find the thing that’s wrong, and all behaviors will be explained the voices shout in bold type.  On the contrary, a lot of the time, our children’s behavior is simply the result of sinful little hearts, and the cure is the Gospel.  Parenting requires training, persistence and prayer.  Yet, there are times when something is awry or different, and understanding that component of our child’s situation is necessary.  Carol Ann Wright Swett invites you into her story.  I love that it’s a story with a happy ending, rather than a sad tale from the midst of a trial.

Using Pinterest to Organize Homeschooling

This short post by Angela Richter gives a list of some ideas of how to use Pinterest to organize your homeschool.  I love using the boards on Pinterest to keep track of books, curriculum and notebook pages I like.

Free Mammals Lapbook

I’ve been posting links to free notebook pages, because our family loves to notebook.  However, if lapbooking is more your speed, Kirsten at iHomeschool has put together a nice mammals lapbook with more science lapbooks to come in the series.

Review of Jesus Calling

Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling is a hit.  With more editions available, including editions for teens, children, and even a children’s Bible storybook, it seems appropriate to take a look at the substance behind the craze.  Michael Horton writes:  “The author states up front that, unlike Scripture, the words she reports from Jesus are not inerrant.  Nevertheless, she presents them as first-person speech from Jesus himself.”

~ Danika Cooley

Danika Cooley is a children’s writer with a love for God’s Word, history, wisdom and small people. Her work has appeared in magazines including Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse, Clubhouse Jr. and Thriving Family; Upper Room Ministries’ Pockets and Devozine; CBH Ministries’ Keys for Kids, and Cobblestone Group’s FACES and Odyssey. Her work also appears in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Mothers and Daughters.

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