December 3rd, 2008

If your children love to read about pirates and treasure hunts, here is a unit study that is sure to fascinate them. You can read more and purchase it at the Pirates page. Enjoy!

August 22nd, 2008

We just received a new review of the unit study, Swimming School… In and Around the Pool. Enjoy!

Reviewed by Felice Gerwitz, author/publisher Media Angels, Inc. www.MediaAngels.com

Swimming pools are something commonly found in Southwest Florida, where I reside, so when veteran author Lynda Coats came out with her new unit study on this topic I was very interested.

What a find! This study contains all kinds of information, links, and is more than just a safety manual. While she has some great website links on safety, what really intrigued me was the thoroughness of this unit.

Not only was there lots of information about swimming pools in general but also information about the structure and how they are built as well. This unit can be used again and again.

As she states, there is more information than you will need to use. But, be ready to spend more time than you plan to…my children wanted to learn more and this unit created what I like to term “off-shoot-learning” …it sparked interest in many related topics — exactly what I believe a good unit study should do. I highly recommend this unit study.”
Felice Gerwitz, author/publisher Media Angels, Inc. www.MediaAngels.com

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July 10th, 2008

and not just here on my blog. Within the last few weeks, I have written four new unit studies, all of which are now for sale on this website. These are mostly aimed at middle school and above as most unit studies are for younger children. However, I have carefully included enough activities to allow younger siblings to join in for the most part. We will also be carrying studies for younger children on an affiliate basis for other publishers, including some of you. All of our material is from a Christian perspective and includes Bible lessons. Read on for details on the individual units.

Green for a Day — Or a Lifetime
It has always bothered me that material written for children on caring for the environment are always filled with New Age, and Mother Nature nonsense. This unit study is the answer to that problem. It approaches protection of the environment from the Christian perspective as the job of those designated by God to have dominion over the Earth. Thus, students learn respect and the need to care for the Earth without the New Age tones.

In the Swim for School
If you want to start back to ‘school’ while your children think it is still summer (maybe because it is) and want to spend their days in the pool, all of you will love this unit. This unit study allows you to keep little (and not-so-little) minds active and learning a variety of subjects while investigating everything related to swimming and swimming pools. Prolong the swimming season without giving up those valuable days of schooling.

Of the People, By the People, For the People
It is not too late to use this election season to teach our children about the process of electing our President. Activities include reading biographies of Presidents, watching election results, playing games about elections, and actually helping in political campaigns. The study is written in such a way as to allow for independent study where appropriate but also lends itself well to the family working together, particularly on the many projects that are included. Many of the activities can also be used for state and local elections as well.

Pirates of the Caribbean
Drawing upon the excitement of the movie, this unit study examines the truths and myths about pirates, bringing the Bible to bear on their lives and activities. Students will also learn the history and geography of the islands in the Caribbean and the countries of Central and South America that border it. All ages can have fun with the living books, videos, games and hands-on projects included here.

We also offer several new unit studies by other authors. All of these have been carefully reviewed and meet our standards in all areas. I will post my reviews of those here very soon.

May 21st, 2008

Are you considering unit studies for the coming school year? In addition to our high-school unit study curricula, Far Above Rubies and Blessed is the Man, and our elementary phonics program, All the Letters, All Year Long, we offer custom unit studies as part of the new Unit Study Emporium. Just fill out the questionnaire, and we’ll create the personalized unit study of your dreams.

You can now purchase instantly downloadable samples of both Far Above Rubies (74 page sample) and Blessed is the Man (70 page sample) for just $5 each. That way, you’ll be able to actually try out the unit studies before you invest in the entire program. I think you’ll be blessed by how much your students learn, and by how enjoyable it is to learn through a well-designed unit study.

I always enjoy hearing from readers who have used FAR or BITM, and I was blessed to receive an excellent review from Katrina Milligan. She’s used the curriculums for her three children, and she shares how they helped her work with her own organizational skills and her student’s learning styles. You can read the review on the Testimonials page.

If you haven’t browsed the Article section recently, you may not have seen some of the latest articles. Be sure to check them out- they’re listed in the sidebar.

Remember, if you need some family-friendly reading, our Life With the Pony Express historical fiction trilogy is ready to download. The titles are:

You save $3 when you purchase all three titles as a set for $15! Enjoy!

February 28th, 2008

The above sentence is a quote from one of the many poems of my new favorite poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay. There is much about her that is not appealing to me. She lived a lifestyle that none who claim the name of Christ could approve; she is definitely not a role model for our children. If I had known her personally, we would not have been likely friends. However, in her poetry, she speaks my language. Many of her verses, like the one above, express the deep cry of my heart right now.

I can feel what she felt; I can relate to what she is saying. I can also feel great sorrow for her, knowing that she did not have the comfort of the Lord in the way that we do. Though she spoke of God, it was never as the loving Savior or Father, but only as the power of the universe.

I do not know the circumstances of these writings of hers, but I am quite sure that she experienced, or at least, understood, the heartache of losing someone close— the pain that never completely goes away — the hole that is left in your heart forever. Regrettably for her, she may not have known the Savior who answers her dilemma. He does know ‘why’ and He is ever ready to help those who love Him to understand it as well. Life goes on, because He is in control. His plans are far above our plans, but they are perfect for us.

When we lean on Him He will direct our paths. We can be sure that our life will go on under His blessed wings, There is no better place to be.

January 20th, 2008

I’m happy to announce that we will be participating in the annual Say What You Mean Convention in February. This encouraging online event is free, and I think you’ll be blessed by what you learn during its three days.

The convention is hosted by the Art of Eloquence, and “Each of the days will feature a Keynote Speaker and free, creative and fun workshops and seminars. Some will be live interactive text and voice chat seminars while others will be previously recorded audio seminar/interviews. Of course we will continue to have free giveaways, contests and prizes.”

I hope to see you there!

November 6th, 2007

My precious Lauren is home in the arms of Jesus. There is no more pain no
more suffering. We thank you for your prayers for all these months.

Rejoice with us in what his life meant to so many. The service in
commemoration of his life will be held on Saturday, November 10, at 1:00 PM at
Cornerstone Christian Church, 301 Dalraida Road in Montgomery, AL.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Covenant Academy, the
non-profit church school umbrella (cover) program he and I helped start, and
at which we have both worked. The address is Covenant Academy; 830 Coliseum
Blvd.; Montgomery, AL 36107 Donations through Paypal can be sent to my mailing
address and ear-marked: donation in memory of Lauren Coats. Funds will be
delivered to the church school.

October 30th, 2007

Lauren (my dh) has gone downhill drastically. His blood pressure this too low to be detectable by traditional methods. He is only semi-conscious on occasion, but does know us and speak to us when he is.

The hospice medical personnel did not expect him to live through last night , but he is still hanging in there 24 hours later. His internal organs do appear to be shutting down, so it will not likely be long before he leaves this world. Please pray for comfort and peace for all of us.

If you have not received previous messages about this, you can catch up at my personal blog- _www.homeschoolblogger.com/homeschoolruby.

October 15th, 2007

I’m excited to report that some friends have gathered to help me with a very special sale and benefit. As you know, Lauren’s medical situation is very serious. He’s home now, under the care of hospice, and we are facing major expenses on many fronts. Our friends have gathered to help us, and in benefiting us, they will also benefit you.

For the Special Sale, I’m offering my new phonics curriculum with a bunch of special bonuses from friends. That makes your purchase a really wonderful bargain for you– you receive over $75 $133 worth of curriculum and instruction (they just keep adding things!) for just the normal price of All the Letters, All Year Long!

Also, I’ve just posted two wonderful reviews!

You can click on the links above to read both of them.

If all that wasn’t enough, we’re also offering a special sale on Blessed is the Man. It’s time to stock up!

We appreciate your prayers and support, and hope that you’ll be blessed by our special sale and benefit. Remember- the amazing bonuses for the sale of the phonics curriculum last for only one week (October 15-22), so you need to act quickly!

Please remember to sign up for the newsletter list in the right sidebar, so we can keep you informed about new products and specials.

October 11th, 2007

From Lynda’s personal blog:

“Our roller coaster ride may not be over yet, but for now, the Lord has eased us to a safe landing at home. Lauren seems to be feeling better. He is breathing more easily more consistently, and his vitals seem to be good. He sleeps a lot but it is a peaceful sleep not like it often was in the hospital. He wears out easily but enjoys having company. His best times are about 7 -10 AM and 6-8 PM. If you would like to call or come see him, try to schedule it during those times.

… We have also received lots of cards, drawings and photos. Instead of putting them on the wall, he has decided to use a scrapbook so he can hold it in his hands and look through his memories. He would like pictures included with cards (or digitals sent separately) so he can match names to faces. We would like to thank all of you for flowers, cards, gifts, financial assistance, food, and all other kindnesses shown to us during this illness.”

If you would like to send a card, it would be very much enjoyed. The address is 24 N. Florida Street, Montgomery, AL 36107.

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