Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Spring 2010 Newsletter

Welcome to the Spring 2010 Newsletter 
of 
Cape Cod PACE

In this Issue:
My Turn, Your Editor's Welcome
Announcements
Flotsam and Jetsam: Best of the Web
Curriculum Corner
Disclaimer


The image on the left, "Gulls",  is one of my favorite paintings of the gifted artist, Margaret Tarrant.  I feature her frequently in the newsletters.

My Turn, Your Editor's Welcome
Dear Friends,
Many of us are wrapping up our school year around this time.  The weather is getting nice at last and we long to be outside in the sun.  Here at out house we will be going later than usual due to circumstances beyond our control.  It is all totally in God's control though, so I am not going to sweat it.  

School changed mid-year for us in more ways than I can tell you and it was hard.
Mostly it was hard for me.  I had to realize that the home school in my head didn't really exist.  Maybe it never did.  In any case, we ended up changing from the literature and discussion based curriculum I had planned out for jr. high and high and high school to the all DVD program I never thought I would consider.  In some ways, it broke my heart.  I even mourned a little over each lovingly chosen book I now had to put away.  

When homeschooling gets hard, and it can get really hard, it is often difficult to see the forest for the trees.  We forget the big picture, caught in the minutia of the daily grind and we tire.  We get weary and discouraged.  Our good humor fails and our nerves fray.  

But we know where to get our strength don't we?  To whom we go to when we feel done in.  I consistently forget that I can do nothing in my own strength and it is God's pleasure to consistently remind me of it.  And even when I have been less than faithful, He is waiting for me to come to Him.  And I drink in His WORD and I am refreshed.  I arise again with joy and hope and courage, with more patience and a heart of service.  Thank God.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning. .  .                                                                      - Lamentations 3:22-23
 
Come unto me, ye who are weary and overburdened, and I  will give you rest.                                                                                                                              - Matthew 11:28
He will fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.
                                                                                                                             - Job 8:21

Announcements
 June Meeting, Christ Chapel, Tuesday 6-8pm
The monthly meeting will change venues and days in June to help facilitate the book sale.  We will be meeting Tuesday, June 15th from 6-8 at Christ Chapel in Centerville.
Anyone who has books to sell at the used book sale the following day needs to drop them off at that meeting.  There are pdf forms for you to use to mark your books and curriculum for sale here at Scribd.

Annual Used Book and Curriculum Sale will be Wednesday, June 16th from 9-12 at Christ Chapel in Centerville
Anyone is welcome to sell at this event.  All books need to be dropped off at the meeting the night before the sale all priced and ready to go.  The forms you need are here.  This is one of our favorite events of the year so come along and bring a friend!  You need to pick up any unsold books at 12:00, the end of the sale or you may donate them to PACE.

Flotsam and Jetsam: Best of the Web
This is my favorite section and I have some amazing resources to share with you!
On my radar these days are books for my daughter's new e-reader.  Have you heard of the Kindle, Nook and others?  I am dying for one but I have to wait.  Luckily I can console myself with my daughter's, not that I can pry it away from her that often.  Anyway, here are some sites with free books so you can load up your ereader to your hearts content.   If you have never heard of an e-reader or want some more information, I reviewed ours on my blog.

Curriculum Corner
I am a self confessed curriculum junkie, but some things I will always be grateful I have in my home school.
The Truthquest guides are one of those resources.  They are not a curriculum.  They have no schedule, tests or quizzes.  What they do have is the invaluable Godly, sequential, profound commentary on history written by an amazing homeschooling mom named Michelle Miller.   They are written to focus on two questions, Who is God? and Who Then is Mankind?   There are 7 total guides beginning in Egypt and moving all the way through contemporary world history.  They are also book lists of some of the finest materials available listed by age with many notes.  These have blessed our history studies in so many ways. I had never been taught, growing up, to apply the teaching "bring every thought captive to Christ" with schooling.  I am so grateful that I am able to teach my daughters differently.





Disclaimer: All contents of these pages are the opinion of the editor and are not to be in any way construed as otherwise or authoritative.  

1 comments:

ssmurray May 5, 2010 at 8:32 AM  

Thanks, Lizzie. I think we all have our own ideas about what our homeschools should be, but like you, we learn that God is in control....He is our strength.

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