Grades K-12, Planning/Scheduling, Principles of True Education, Sonlight Education Ministry, SonLight Education Ministry, Teaching Helps, Websites

New Curriculum Updates for SEM

SonLight Education Ministry (SEM)  has released several new items this week that are ready for free download.

For those who are not aware, SonLight Education Ministry is a sister ministry to Adventist Home Educator.  SEM offers free .pdf downloads of True Education curriculum/materials on a well-organized Google Drive page.  SEM Google Drive

Take a moment to visit the updated Released Materials page at the SEM website.

Motivation Monday

Motivation Monday

The seed dies to spring forth into new life, and in this we are taught the lesson of the resurrection. All who love God will live again in the Eden above. Of the human body laid away to molder in the grave God has said, “It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: it is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power.” 1 Corinthians 15:42, 43.

Such are a few of the many lessons taught by nature’s living parable of the sower and the seed. As parents and teachers try to teach these lessons, the work should be made practical. Let the children themselves prepare the soil and sow the seed. As they work, the parent or teacher can explain the garden of the heart with the good or bad seed sown there, and that as the garden must be prepared for the natural seed, so the heart must be prepared for the seed of truth. As the seed is cast into the ground, they can teach the lesson of Christ’s death; and as the blade springs up, they can teach the lesson of the truth of the resurrection. As the plants grow, the correspondence between the natural and the spiritual sowing may be continued.

Christ’s Object Lessons, pg 87

Home Life, Online Resources, Parenting

Sabbath Playlist – Happy The Home Series

Happy the Home #1 of 26 – “What We Need to Succeed” from Restoration International on Vimeo.

Program 1 in the 3ABN “Happy the Home” series with the Rayne family. Corresponds to Chapter 1 in the book “The Connected Family” by Paul & Carolyn Rayne.

“A practical twenty-six step program designed to help parents make their children a priority, lead them to make a commitment to God, and teach them the tools for Christian living. “

Growing in the Garden

Growing in the Garden ~ Don’t Stop Now, Cilantro!

I love cilantro.  I like the grassy undertone it gives to  fresh pico de gallo.   I especially enjoy whole cilantro leaves scattered throughout a green salad-yum!   Several in my family do not share my enthusiasm for cilantro.    It’s not that they have unrefined palates, it’s just that to them cilantro tastes bitter and soapy.   It’s a genetic thing.  That’s okay, more for me!

My cilantro plant has served me well all winter long, happily sharing bucket space with a few slow-growing leeks.    Now that we are on the leading edge of summer, my cilantro plant has decided to bolt.  It has shot up in ragged fashion  and started to produce flowers.   It is going to seed.   That is to be expected, as cilantro is a cool-season herb.

It is tempting to pull the cilantro plant and trash it, as its leaves are no longer tender and tasty.  Compared to my basil, thyme, and oregano, this poor plant is a mess.  Get rid of it!

If I trashed the plant now, I’d miss out on a blessing.   Did you know that cilantro is the name of the leaves, but the plant is actually coriander?  Yes, the spice coriander!  If I let the plant continue going to seed, I will be able to get a small harvest of coriander seed.

Don’t stop now cilantro!  Keep bolting, keep growing!

Some days I feel like cilantro- ragged and leggy compared to the ‘beauty’ around me.  But then I remember that God has a purpose for my life.  He wants me to keep going, keep growing.  If I allow Him to, God will produce a beautiful harvest in me.  I’ll be coriander!  Praise the Lord, He’s not finished with me yet.