Raising Wise Dads, Moms and Kids Book Review

One of the books I read a few months back is Raising Wise Dads, Moms and Kids by Grace Shangkuan Koo published by Church Strengthening Ministry.

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It was one of those books which helps you reflect and evaluate your role as a parent and help you develop good habits to be a better and wiser parent to your children. It is a good book to revisit once in a while and to help assess your relationships with your family members.

The book is packed with wisdom and I would like to share 3 lessons I learned from this book.

1. Honoring your children means placing parenting as a top priority. As stated in the book: “Family crisis is a result of parenting by default, when parents do whatever comes naturally to themselves, influenced by cultural norms and traditions.” Instead of letting things just happen, we should treat parenting as a way to honor God and the lives he has entrusted us with. We should be intentional in our parenting, setting goals and action plans.

2. Parents who combine warmth and support with reinforcement of rules and use of sanctions when necessary are the ones who raise children who knows how to obey, become self-reliant and has internalized moral standards. Parents need to model obedience and consistency inside the house.

3. Parenting does not take away from us; it makes us better persons. Parenting is a commitment and the parents need to grow in order to lead their children in the right direction.

Questionnaires can be found at the end of each chapter to help you assess yourself and your children as well. Practical tips for every topic and personalized prayer to help you start your parenting journey.

There are many more truths you can discover from this book. Go and get your copy from Church Strengthening Minsitry and leading bookstores.

 

 

 

Preschoolers and Peace eBook Review

If you asked me 5 years ago, if it is possible to homeschool your older children while you have little ones, I would probably have said no. I only have two children and I can’t imagine homeschooling a family with children of multiple ages. Kendra Fletcher from Preschoolers and Peace knows what it is like and decided to compile her blog posts to share her own experiences on homeschooling older kids with little ones around.

As part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I am privileged to review the eBook entitled Preschoolers and Peace: Homeschooling older kids with success while loving the little ones at your feet. It is a must-read resource for moms who are considering homeschooling multiple children and even moms who already are homeschooling and needs fresh ideas for their little ones.

 

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Preschoolers and Peace eBook comes in the PDF format and can be read using Adobe Reader.  I read the eBook using my computer but you can also read this eBook on your tablets as long as you have a PDF reader. There are 13 chapters included and each chapter focuses on different topics that helps mom become better equipped handling the little kids while the older ones are homeschooling.

The topics covered in this eBook include:

What a Homeschooling Mom Needs
Preparing Yourself to Homeschool Older Kids With Little Ones Underfoot
Planning Around Preschoolers
How Do I Keep Them Busy?
What Does a 2-Year-Old’s Day Look Like?
How Do I Get Any Preschooling Done?
How Not to Just Kill Time
Circle Time: Or How We Pull the Little Ones In
Preschool Boys
When All of Your Kiddos Are Preschoolers
Preschool Chores
Planning for Preschool
When Mama is Worn Out (or Pregnant)
Meal Planning 101

 

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Though I no longer have preschoolers and children below 7 years of age at home, I have found a great deal of ideas and lessons which our family can certainly benefit from. I am sharing three truths that have resonated with me:

> What a homeschooling mom really needs is to anchor her identity in Christ and not on the success of the homeschool or her children. This was a truth that made me reflect the true state of my heart.

> Schedules and routines play an important part in homeschooling multiple ages. I have 2 children ages 10 and 7, and sometimes it feels like I have to go back and forth between the two of them. Establishing routines that help my kids start their day right was something that we implemented and have benefited from greatly.

> Circle time is the group teaching time that integrates the family. Family devotions and discussions happen during this time and joint learning can be implemented on certain subjects as well. Reading together and praying together are both central in our homeschooling day and we include that in our circle time.

This eBook is such a rich resource and one that I can certainly go back to every now then. The cost of this eBook is $2.99.

For more information, you can check out Preschoolers and Peace’s social media accounts:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PreschoolersandPeace
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KendraEFletcher
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/kenj/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+KendraFletcher/posts
You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/user/preschoolersandpeace

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Ang Nanay Kong Titser Book Review

Over the summer break, one of my goals was to read books. I was grateful that Church Strengthening Ministry gave me a couple of books to review.

Church Strengthening Minstry produces Christian literature on family and relationships, leadership, other inspirational topics as well as financial stewardship and church/pastoral resources. They are celebrating their 25th year in the ministry this year. They aim to continue developing resources to help God’s people reach God’s world. The first book they gave me is Ang Nanay Kong Titser by Christian educator Ms. Bessie Rios.

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Ms. Bessie Rios is a passionate trainer and lecturer on childhood education. She holds a master’s degree in Christian Leadership and also a master’s degree in Family Life and Childhood Development and a doctoral degree in School Administration.

Ang Nanay Kong Titser is written in a mixed Filipino and English text which makes it easy to read. This fits well with the overall theme of the book. It is a practical book for moms who want to teach their young children at home. Ms. Rios states simple and easy step by step instructions on becoming your child’s first teacher. Becoming your child’s teacher need not be boring but it is fun and practical! Ms. Rios believes that moms are the best teachers for their young children and she made this book to guide moms to fulfill that role.

The book covers different areas upon which a mom can teach her child. It starts with mom’s pregnancy, child’s development, child’s artistic abilities, child’s acceptance of others,  daily chores, travel  and how to raise eagerness in reading and writing. A well rounded book covering the physical, emotional, mental and social development  of a child.

I liked it that a great portion of the book dealt  with learning through household chores. Children nowadays don’t particpate in household chores when they can learn so much from it.

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I would recommend this book to moms who want to be more intentional in teaching their young children at home. This book equips us with doable tips  and how to make every opportunity a learning moment for our kids.

This book costs 270  pesos and is available in leading bookstores nationwide or you can send an email to order@csm-publishing.com.

 

Apologia Zoology 2

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We have just finished our Science lessons for this school year. We have studied about Zoology specifically about ocean creatures! We’ve used Apologia Young Explorer Series Zoology 2. It has been an exciting journey. I enjoyed it myself since I learned so much about sea creatures such as fish, dolphins, sharks, rays, shells, crabs, lobsters, shrimps, coral reef and so much more! We even learned about how pearls are formed! Just like those pearls from Reeds.com pearl neclaces.

One of the activities my children enjoyed the most about Zoology 2 is that they get to create an ocean box! Here is their work over the whole school year.

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We truly enjoyed Apologia Zoology 2 because it gives us a good perspective and in-depth lessons about the ocean creatures. We say that we love Apologia books because we really love reading together! The kids also learned to take down notes. If you asked me if I would recommend it, I would if your family likes to read together and have multi-level grade levels students.

 

 

If You Were Me Series (Away We Go Media) Review

We love learning about world culture and so when we were given an opportunity to review 4 books from the If You Were Me series by children’s book author, Carole P. Roman through the Schoolhouse Review Crew, we were very excited!

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If You Were Me (Away We Go Media) is a new children’s book series. It is a child’s introduction to cultures around the world. It is written for children from Pre-k to age 8 . It aims to show the children the uniqueness of each country and also teach them that although we are all different, in some ways, we are all alike too. Colorfully illustrated with text easy enough for young kids to read and understand, If You Were Me series is a good way to introduce other nations and cultures  to small children. The lessons are presented in a story book format where the children can easily identify with the author.

Each book starts by introducing where in the map you can find the country. The capital city is discussed along with the unique landmarks found in it. The common names of people in the area, how you call your mom and dad, the denomination used, the sport kids enjoyed, the food that is unique and the pronounciation of the words in the language of each country.

We received the Kindle edition of the following books:

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 If You Were Me and Lived In Mexico  is the first from this series. It was amazing to note that Mexico uses some words similar to us here in the Philippines. Peso is used  for their denomination, just like we do here in the Philippines. They also use the word eskuela, just like we also use eskwela for school.

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If You Were Me and Lived in France is the second book from the series. My son was excited to know that soccer is famous in France too!

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If You Were Me and Lived in South Korea takes the series to Asia. Since we live in Asia and have seen many South Koreans here in our own contry, we were quite familiar with South Korea and its culture.

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If You Were Me and Lived in Norway is the latest addition to the fun series.  We learned the most from this book. Probably because it is the farthest from us and is the total opposite of our tropical country. It would be fun to someday experience dogsled trips and skiing.

 

We read one book as a family together each day. It took us less than half an hour to finish each one.  Afterwards, we discussed the similarities of each place and their differences. We got our map and tried to locate each country. We all agreed that the people from other countries would speak, dress or eat differently but we are all the same in our concerns for our family, for food and for learning.

My daughter who is 9 years old still enjoyed the books immensely. I asked her to make an art work for her favorite books and her are her finished products.

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This is her art work for If You Were Me and Lived in France.

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This is her art work for If You Were Me and Lived in Mexico.
If you are looking for an introduction to world cultures for children, I would recomennd this book for you. It is enjoyable and suitable for young kids! 
You can purchase the books through Amazon.
The first three books costs  $0.99 (Kindle) or $8.99 (Paperback).
If You Were Me and Lived in Norway is $1.99 (Kindle) or $10.79 (Paperback).
They can also be purchased at Barnes and Noble.
The first three books costs $9.99. If You Were Me and Lived in Norway costs $8.63. 
 
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