IEW’s Poetry Memorization’s Review

Whenever I listen to poetry, I notice the beauty in the words used, I also notice that I improve my vocabulary and poetry develops better sentence patterns in my finite mind. I also have read the many benefits of memorizing poetry so this school year, I bought IEW’s Poetry Memorization and practiced poetry memorization with my Grade 9 and Grade 6 kids.

The whole book includes 5 levels of poetry that you can memorize. For this school year, we memorized level 1 every night before we sleep. It is incredible that the kids still remember the poems they memorized from level 1, that is 18 out of the 20 poems. They can recite all poems in one sitting!

We only bought the teacher’s guide and we use as our guide every night. There are also some reference materials included like Bibliography and short biographies of the poets. It is very helpful to me as  I don’t have to prepare a list of poems for them to recite, and the poems are sorted in levels. As we go on to the next level, I look forward to hearing my children recite more witty and wonderful poems from great authors!

iHomeschool Book Review

I am delighted to finally read a book on homeschooling written for Filipino families! Ms Nove Tan of  I Homeschool has compiled all the questions one might have on homeschooling. The why, the what and the how are discussed in great detail.

Written in a personal tone from a mom’s heart to another, reading i Homeschool has brought me encouragement and allowed me to rethink our own homeschool journey for the past 9 years. We homeschooled because we wanted our children to have a biblical worldview as they grew up. Character building, becoming lifelong learners and loving Jesus are our primary goals. Reading this book has given me a chance to reflect if we have reached our goals so far and what we can do to adjust so that we can make the remaining years of our homeschooling enjoyable and productive.

As more and more families are now considering homeschooling, I am glad to see that there are more
local resources available. IHomeschool definitely is a must read not only for parents who want to homeschool their children, but want to become more intentional in their parenting. Because truly, homeschooling is NOT JUST ABOUT SCHOOL but IS A LIFESTYLE.

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Following Jesus Faithfully

Whenever we read the Bible or listen to a preaching, do we actually take it to heart? Do we take time to ponder, meditate and reflect on what we have learned when we get home? Do we actually take time during the week to check our hearts or align ourselves to the Word of God? Or are we just reading the Word or go to Sunday services so we can check our to-do list?

Following Jesus Faithfully requires more than just listening to His Word or reading or attending services – we need to receive God’s Word into our heart and take action as the Word directs us. Being receptive to God’s Word means allowing the Word to change us from the inside out. 

We must not allow the circumstances of this world to harden our hearts and become indifferent to the Word of God. Let us take time to listen to His Word, and let His Word penetrate the deepest parts of our hearts. We must believe that God is at work in us as He disciplines us, moulds us to become the person He has purposed for us to be. 

Following Jesus faithfully Is not easy but it is the key to bearing fruit in out lives. Let us take care of our faithfulness and God will take care of our fruitfulness. 

Take that Step of Faith

Sharing the good news is a specific command by Jesus Christ to his disciples. He instructed us to go and make disciples. The command can be found in Matthew 28:19-20: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Though we all know this, often times, it is a struggle for us to obey this command. We have various reasons for not sharing the good news of salvation – waiting for the perfect time, unsure of what to say, not equipped with the right words, afraid to say anything unbiblical, fear of being rejected or offending other people. The Lord knows our struggles and has assured us that we should take that step of faith as he will be with us always. There is nothing more comforting and reassuring than knowing Jesus goes before us and will be with us as we pray, speak and share the love of God to the people around us.

As we take that step of faith, we not only proclaim the good news but we also grow in our faith. We get to experience the goodness and the presence of the Holy Spirit within us. Truly, this is a wonderful opportunity for us to bless others and be blessed ourselves. Let us push forward, go and share the good news to someone today.

Each one, win one!

Reading List for 2019

One of my goals this 2019 is to invest more time in reading. I am quite glad that I have finished a few books already. Most of my list comes from the books that my daughter has read or will be reading. I want to understand and be able to converse with her on the different stories she’s read and I don’t want to miss on really good books.

Here are some of the books I really want to read this 2019:

  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Jane Eyre
  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • Ides of April
  • Anne of Green Gable series
  • The Hiding Place
  • The Princess Bride
  • Books from Jean Fritz

What titles do you recommend I add to my list?