New geography book club for kids

There’s a new book club for kids grades 3-5.  It’s called Read Around
the World, and it will cover geography and world cultures via
literature and music.  Each month, the focus will be on a different
country.  This month, it’s the United States of America.  Over the
course of the year, the kids will be visiting Peru, China, Russia,
Kenya, and many other countries. Normally, the kids will have read a
book about the country, but there is no reading requirement for
this initial meeting.

The first session is tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 4:00.  We meet at
the Davie/Cooper City Library, located at 4600 SW 82 Avenue, Davie, FL
33328. It’s on the south side of Griffin Road, between Pine Island and
University Drive.  This session is on a Tuesday because of Veterans
Day, but it will normally be held on Mondays. The next session is
Monday, Dec. 3.

The book club will be led by Miss Linda Sindt, who developed a
geography curriculum for the Broward schools, and who many of
us remember from Young at Art.  She is an outstanding educator and
amazing with kids.

The club is not specifically for homeschoolers, but I know that several
homeschoolers will be there.

Of course, the book club is free.  It’s undertaken by One Beautiful
World in conjunction with the Davie/Cooper City Library.  OBW has
received a Target Early Literacy Grant for this program.

Spread the word, and I hope to see many of you there.

Best,
Jess Cabillot

It’s One Beautiful World!
www.one-beautiful-world.org

Free, the coupon book that pays for itself

Our children are involved in the SAINTS physical education program.  It is a homeschool physical education program that never turns away a child from the program due to financial reasons.  They have fundraisers for their scholarship program.  The “Enjoy the City” coupon books is one such fundraiser.

The “Enjoy the City” coupon books are $20 and are full of many great coupons such as Winn Dixie, Cold Stone Creamery, Firehouse Subs, Pizza Loft, Panda Express, Wendy’s, Sports Authority, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Jamba Juice, Vocelli Pizza, Checkers, Dairy Queen, GFS, local golf courses, Kabooms, and many others.  The great thing is they are basically free!  In the book you receive four $5 coupons for use at Winn Dixie, and the book costs $20.  So, the books pays for itself!  You can use the Winn Dixie coupons at Publix if you choose to as well. Publix accepts Winn Dixie coupons.

Please let me know if you would like to purchase one of these books.  I can accept cash or checks (made out to me or CHAA).

(CHAA stands for Christian Homeschool Athletic Association)

Email or call me to place your order, and I will meet with you to collect the money and give you the book.  These coupons don’t expire until DECEMBER 2013!

Thanks for helping the kids,

For more information about CHAA visit http://chaasaints.org/

Julie Forbess
JAForbess@aol.com

A Pilgrim Letter from Plimoth Plantation for Your Classroom

Article from http://www.scholastic.com newsletter.

Dear Aunt Constance:

I was so grateful to arrive in the New World, but I am now beginning to wish that we had never left home. I know that father had a hard life in England because he was punished for following his conscience and worshiping in the Separatist Church, but I wonder if it could have been as hard as this.

We arrived here just as winter did. It is bitter cold and snow is almost always upon the ground, but God has blessed us with a place to start our new town. There is a fair brook running under a high hill that Father says will offer us protection from our enemies. The men have begun building houses on land, but we must remain on the ship until they are nearer to being finished. I never thought I would still be aboard the ship for so long after we arrived! I suppose it is safer on the ship. I know not what to think of the naturals of this place that are called Indians. The first time some of our men encountered them, there was a fight though by God’s blessing no one was injured. We are on our guard now.

Master Goodman—the one with the dogs—has become quite ill. He was out cutting thatch with Peter Brown when his dogs chased a great deer deep into the forest. They chased after them and were soon lost, and had to pass the night in the wilderness. When they found their way back the next afternoon, Master Goodman had to have his shoes cut off his feet as they were so swollen with the cold. Many of our party have already died, among them Mary’s mother and father. I cannot think how lost I would be in this strange and frightful place without mother and father. I pray that they will not succumb to scurvy and other diseases.

I mean not to be so grim, but I fear that things could get far worse. We are near to scraping the bottoms of the barrels of rice, peas, and biscuit, and the men have had little fortune in hunting. I am worried, though I know that with God’s help we will survive this dark winter.

Your loving niece,
Lizzy

Get out and vote

voteCalvin Coolidge, Thirtieth President of the United States said, “If the people fail to vote, a government will be developed which is not their government… The whole system of American Government rests on the ballot box. Unless citizens perform their duties there, such a system of government is doomed to failure.”

Of the 52 million voter-eligible Evangelical Christians in America, 10 million were not registered to vote for the 2006 Election, and over 20 million who were registered, did not vote. Quite simply, less than 40 percent of all eligible to vote Evangelical Christians in America… voted.

Millions of evangelical Christians, out of apathy, ignorance, or indifference, choose not to vote in election after election. Our absence from the voting booth has contributed greatly to the moral, spiritual, economic, and political disintegration of America.

Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States said, “The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States said, “Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressman and government officials, but the voters of this country.”

Too often, Christians are being misled about participation of their churches in the elective process. While pastors and church elders are prohibited from endorsing candidates or parties on behalf of their congregations because of the tax-exempt status of the church, the Internal Revenue Service has specifically stated that “activities intended to encourage people to participate in the election process, such as voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives, would not be prohibited political campaign activity if conducted in a nonpartisan manner.”

“We Christians are commanded by Christ Himself to be ‘salt and light’ to the culture in which we live, and Voting is an important aspect of that duty,” writes David Crowe, the Founder and President of Restore America.

Read more at: http://www.conservativecrusader.com/articles/restore-america-get-out-the-christian-vote