Dept of Ed – Homeschooling has Double in Size

What’s the Fastest-Growing Form of Education in the U.S? Based on independent research conducted by organizations ranging from the National Home Education Research Institute (, a nonprofit research and educational organization, to the federally funded National Center for Education Statistics (, it appears that in the U.S., homeschooling is the fastest-growing form of education. Let’s take a look at some of the evidence: “Homeschooling grew from 1.7% of the school age population in 1999 to 2.9% in 2007, a 74% relative increase over 8 years,”1 states Dr. Brian D. Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI). A 2008 study found that “an estimated 2.0 to 2.5 million K-12 children were home educated in the U.S. during mid-2008,”2 statistics that were also confirmed by the National Center for Education’s researcher, Stacy Bielick.3 This week, in their local news coverage, Chattanooga’s News Channel 9 reported: “In the last decade, the. . .

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A You’re Adorable

You’ll be delighted by this delicious traipse through the alphabet–now available in a sturdy board book format that’s perfect for babies and toddlers! Sing along as a lively company of children and pets scamper across these bright pages, climbing over and under and through the letters from A to Z. With warm and charming illustrations by Martha Alexander, this popular song of the 1940s is a ditty for your darling, a song for your sweetheart, a valentine for anytime!

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Annie Kubler Nursery Song Board Books

A brilliant board book for babies, toddlers and their parents to enjoy together. A great introduction to books through a well-known nursery song and interactive text.

Created for parents and toddlers to enjoy together, these board books feature well-known rhymes and also include musical notation.

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BabyGenius: Animal Counting

Introduce children to the fascinating world of counting by asking “How many kittens can you count?” and “How many penguins can you see?”

In this special series, Baby Genius’s stimulating approach to learning comes together with DK’s beautiful photographs and appealing design to create dazzling board books for little ones.

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Family Reading Bible

If you are one of the millions of Christian parents looking for a way to engage and understand the Bible together as a family, The Family Reading Bible is the Bible to meet your needs. Throughout the development of this unique Bible, the special content (reading paths, questions, fun facts, and more) was tested by Christian families just like yours, who provided insightful feedback and help in order to make this Bible useful for you and your family in everyday life.

The Family Reading Bible is designed to help parents use the Bible itself as their family devotional tool. A reading system with three easy-to-use paths allows parents to accommodate children of various ages and stages. Readings of manageable length along with age-appropriate, engaging questions will encourage and maintain your kids’ interest in God’s Word.

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12 month Doctor Well Visit

My baby girl is 12 months and one week old. *sigh* She’s an itty bitty thing, and the doctor says we’ll have to watch that, but otherwise she’s healthy. In the last day or so she has been more interested in attempting to “bite” the sippy cup and get a little milk from it, but otherwise, she’s still nursing 100%. She nurses on-demand, which can be anywhere from three times during the day to ten times during the day and once or twice at night. We’re trying all sorts of new foods, even though for the most part she still refuses to eat meat. She has however found a new love in peas and corn. So we’re trying to go for that more often. It’s apparently even more of a treat when snatched from Daddy’s plate. 😉 So at 16 lbs 8 oz and 27 1/2 inches in height, my. . .

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Your Baby’s First Year Week by Week

Let the trusted authors of Your Pregnancy™ Week by Week—the book you relied on while you were pregnant—guide you through baby’s remarkable, sometimes mind-boggling first year. With easy-to-understand information at your fingertips, you’ll know what to look for and understand what’s happening. This book will provide you with the skills necessary to support and encourage baby’s growth.

Thoroughly revised and updated, Your Baby’s First Year™ Week by Week includes the latest pediatric guidelines and recommendations, plus more than 50 new topics—everything from food allergies to cord-blood banking. It also features the essential milestones of baby’s social, emotional, intellectual and physical development on a weekly basis.

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100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy

The key to successful home education, homeschool veterans will tell you, is determining your educational philosophy and marrying it to your child’s le…more The key to successful home education, homeschool veterans will tell you, is determining your educational philosophy and marrying it to your child’s learning style. Then you can make an informed decision in choosing the right educational curriculum for the child. This is the formula for success.

In 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum, homeschool guru Cathy Duffy can help you accomplish these critical tasks. Cathy will give you her top choices from every subject area, approaching everything through a Christian worldview perspective. This book is a critical volume for the homeschooling community.

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Get your kids into the Bible and the Bible into your kids

The Hands-On Bible uses the same experience-based learning to communicate God’s Word in an active, understandable way. This new edition features updated tip-ins, a portable size for kids, an attractive cover, and online parenting helps. With hundreds of fun, memorable activities (A “Do-It” activity in EVERY feature!) and the full New Living Translation text, the Hands-On Bible is packed with activities that invite kids to crawl inside the Scriptures and experience God’s Word! The Hands-On Bible is loaded with activities that parents and kids can do together. Experiencing the Bible in fun ways makes Scripture relevant and memorable. Features the clear New Living Translation to help children understand God’s Word. A few of the many features include: Hands-On Bible Experiences invite kids to do the Bible with science experiments, crafts, snacks, journals—the ways kids learn best! Full-color Bible Bonanza Experiences introduce kids to the biggest and best Bible stories. Fun. . .

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Archaeological Study Bible

Archaeological Study Bible Genre: Study Bible Pages: 2336 Hardcover Date Published: 2006 Publisher: Zondervan Publishing My rating: 5 of 5 stars Take a journey back to the lands and origins of the Bible for an unparalleled encounter with the Word of God. The Archaeological Study Bible gives you insights into the roots of the Bible that will strengthen your faith and open new vistas of knowledge and understanding. Like no other study Bible, this one provides a sweeping, detailed look at the lands and times of Scripture, bringing to light the importance of ancient civilizations, practices, historical records and artifacts, literature, architecture, religions, laws, events, movements, geography, agriculture, wars and battles, political and monetary systems, historical figures and other factors that are critical to a deep and accurate grasp of the Bible. It’s almost hard for me to believe that I bought two of these Bibles back in 2006 when. . .

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Infantino Jumbo Wheel Play Space

When I heard the doorbell ring and went to eagerly greet the FedEx man, I was so excited to see that it was a box from Infantino! Inside I discovered the Jumbo Wheel Play Space and as I put it out on the floor of our living room, I could not wait for AppleBlossom to get down their and investigate. My excitement was quelled for a short while as minutes before the FedEx man arrived she fell asleep. *sigh* Oh the rarity when I want her to skip a nap! Well I gave into my common sense and let her sleep, but when she did awaken, boy was she in for a surprise! The Jumbo Wheel Play Space is packed with fun and space for crawling and tummy time activity. Strategic activities such as a detachable mirror, teethers and an easy-to-press flower which plays a 15-second musical tune are placed. . .

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Infantino Twist & Fold Activity Gym

One of the fears in the back of my mind as we obtain various baby items is where will I put this when she’s older? I do not want to get rid of them, since I want them around for future children… hmm… storage issues! Another fear that I have in general is that while she’s this little anytime we socialize she’ll just have to play here and invite people over — we cannot go anywhere because her toys just do not travel well. *sigh* Well I am uber glad to have found the Infantino Twist & Fold Activity Gym! Similar to the way you twist and fold up a Pack ‘n Play/travel yard you can do the same with this little gym and off you go (or into the closet it goes!). I love smart toys that think beyond the play time! The Twist & Fold Activity Gym All. . .

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Download N Go Whale Tales

Having seen the advertising for Amanda Bennett’s Download N Go studies on TOS’ website, we were excited to try one ourselves, and Whale Tales lived up to all the high expectations.  The graphics and images are beautiful and colorful enough to keep the children’s attention.  The links are wonderful and thorough bringing the lessons alive for the children.  As a child myself, I watched “The Voyage of the Mimi” on PBS.  The many videos in the study can give your children the same sense of wonder at God’s amazing creature of the whale that I remember from my early childhood.  Sadly, a deceased beached whale made the news in New York this week but my son identified it in the images as a humpback even before the broadcast did. While we don’t take a unit study approach to our homeschooling curriculum, I can see why children enjoy the approach so. . .

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Cecil & Friends: Cecil and the Lost Sheep

Cecil the Lost Sheep by Andrew McDonough Genre: Juvenile Fictino/ Christian/ Early Readers Pages: 32 Date Published: October 1, 2009 Publisher: ZonderKidz, a division of Zondervan My rating: 5 of 5 stars Cecil the sheep decides to run away and quickly gets lost. When the shepherd goes searching for him and brings him back to the flock safely, they all celebrate! Kids will laugh and learn about God’s love in Cecil the Lost Sheep,based on Jesus’ parable of the lost sheep in Luke 15:1-7. After reading Jesus and the Children and loving The Gardener and the Vine when I found out there was a free download of Cecil the Lost Sheep I was very excited to read it as well. I read the book using a flash player as a flip book. This one was different as there were no words, just images but the story was there. I am. . .

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Cecil & Friends: The Gardener and the Vine

The Gardener and the Vine by Andrew McDonough Genre: Juvenile Fiction/Christian/Early Readers Pages: 32 Date Published: February 1, 2010 Publisher: ZonderKidz, a division of Zondervan My rating: 5 of 5 stars Basil, a small branch, meets the Gardener and learns what it means to be joined into God’s family and experience new life in Christ. Kids will see how they are part of God’s loving family in The Gardener and the Vine, based on John 15:1,5. While I enjoyed Jesus and the Children, this one is absolutely delightful. In a beautiful manner, one of my favorite sections of scripture is explained to children. A parable in images and short phrases is a perfect educational tool for showing just how much the Creator loves his creations, and what he has ultimately done for us in joining us with Jesus. This is a book recommended for ages 4-7 and for early readers. . .

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