Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Keep The Kids Entertained On A Rainy Day At Home



It can be quite difficult to find things to do with your kids if they are stuck at home on a rainy afternoon or even for an entire day. However, there are lots of choices you can explore here. Many of these will allow you to keep your little one off the game's console, away from the computer, and ensure that they try activities that will stimulate their mind and provide nourishment for their soul. Let’s explore some of the best choices for your kids. 

Keep The Kids Entertained On A Rainy Day At Home


Keep the Kids Entertained on a Rainy Day at Home
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Crosswords And Other Fun Puzzles


If you’re looking for one of the best options for keeping kids entertained, then you can find crosswords and puzzles online. We suggest that you explore sites such as https://www.pennydellpuzzles.com/crosswords/subscriptions/ for some great examples and potentially a subscription service. This means that you will always have fresh puzzles and crosswords to explore with your children. If you don’t want to look at online sources, then you can always consider buying a book of these puzzles to work through.


Family Board Games


Alternatively, you might want to think about exploring some fun family board games. There are plenty of board games to choose from that are completely kid friendly and suitable for a wide range of different ages. For instance, you might want to try a classic such as Mouse Trap. While the setup can be a chore, it will provide hours of fun. There are also new games to explore too. For instance, there are even board games for particular occasions such as Christmas Eve.


Reading With Everyone


Or, you could think about spending time reading together. This is great for young children if you want to improve their reading and literacy skills. You can choose a book that is suitable for all ages of kids and work through a few chapters each night.


Arts And Crafts


If you are feeling creative, you can try some arts and crafts with your children at home. You’ll just need to set up an area where you can enjoy crafts together. You can do this quite simply by putting old newspapers on a table. This will keep things clean regardless of whether you are working with paint, paper mache, or anything else that you can think of.


Helping Hand


Or finally, you might want to use your time at home with the kids to get them involved in charity work. Teaching your kids about charity work is important and it can ensure that they learn how to help others in the world. This is always going to be a positive step. There are a few ways that you can get kids involved in charity work at home. For example, you can show them how to put a care package together made of items that you no longer want or need. Sites such as https://www.theschoolrun.com/charitable-activities-for-kids have more ways you can get kids involved in charity.


We hope this helps you understand some of the best entertainment options when you are at home with the kids on a rainy afternoon. If you explore these possibilities, you’re sure to have a great time.

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Discover Some Fantastic Ways To Take Care Of The Summer Learning Drought



Are you worried about the summer learning drought? Essentially, this is what happens through the summer season when kids aren’t in school and aren’t learning. They end up with their minds like a blank slate when they return in the fall. Now, this can be a benefit because it means that teachers find it easier to impart fresh ideas and concepts. However, it can also be great if kids stay on track through the summer and potentially other times when they are out of school. This includes another potential lockdown. So, let’s explore some of the ways that you can do this.


Ways To Take Care Of The Summer Learning Drought

Ways to Take Care of the Summer Learning Drought


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Look At Lesson Plans


You might want to think about exploring lesson plans that can be downloaded online. These are great as they will ensure that your kids can benefit from real plans that teachers use. You can even find the materials that teachers use and download worksheets for your child too. Sites such as https://studentreasures.com/teachers-lounge/lesson-plans/first-grade/ would be a smart place to start.


Encourage Them To Keep A Diary



Another great way to keep up levels of education and learning, particularly for younger children, is to encourage them to keep a diary. Keeping a diary is the perfect way to improve children’s writing skills in a way that is fun and that they can engage with. For instance, if you go on holiday, then they can write about different activities that they complete throughout the day.


Set Up A Couple Hours Each Day


Next, you might want to think about setting a couple of hours a day where your little ones can complete some educational activities. This could include actual worksheets or simple sums and little projects that you can set up yourself. This is perhaps the best way to cope with the summer drought because there is still some structure in place. Don’t forget that this type of activity isn’t that strange. Thousands of kids attend summer schools each year to ensure that their grades stay at the right level.


Ways to Take Care of the Summer Learning Drought

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Take Them To Educational Places


Finally, you might want to think about taking them to certain places where they can naturally gain knowledge that will benefit their education. A great example of this would be museums and there are lots of museums around the world that are absolutely perfect for kids. Or, you could take them somewhere like an art gallery. This could provide the inspiration they need to explore their own creative projects and stretch that particular mind muscle. This is something to keep in mind if you are going on holiday as there are always educational places nearby. You can learn more about museums for kids on https://theculturetrip.com/europe/united-kingdom/england/.


We hope this helps you understand some of the best ways to combat the summer learning drought and why this can be such a significant issue for you as a parent. Teachers often reflect on how after summer, kids come back behind because they haven’t been keeping up with learning through the break. With these ideas, you can ensure that your child is right on track. 

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Saturday, January 2, 2021

Abram and Lot, Genesis 13-14, Coloring Through the Bible

 

Coloring Through the Bible, Abram and Lot, Genesis 13-14
Coloring Through the Bible, Genesis 13-14, Abram and Lot

Abram and Lot:  Genesis 13-14

After Pharaoh sent Abram and Sarai away with all their possessions, Abram, Sarai, and Lot went back to the area between Bethel and Ai.  This is the place where Abram had first built an alter to the Lord.  As was true to Abram's custom, he called on the name of the Lord. 

In Genesis 13:1-4, Abram returns to  Bethel where he had previously built an alter.  If you have ever strayed from God, you can return to fellowship with Him. Isn't that comforting? 

Lot, Abram's nephew, had been traveling with Abram.  Both men had acquired a large amount of possessions, so great that the land would not support them.  On top of that, Abram's herders and Lot's herders were arguing with each other.

Abram valued his family relationship with Lot.  He didn't want quarreling so he told Lot to take the land either to the right or to the left.  Abram would take his family and possessions in the opposite direction.  Lot chose to go east to the whole plain of the Jordan because it was well watered.  Abram chose to live in the land of Canaan.  Lot's land was near Sodom where the people were wicked and sinned greatly against God.

After Lot left Abram, God told him:

"Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west.  All the land you see, I will give to you and your offspring forever.  I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted.  Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you." - Genesis 13:14-17
Abram chose to go to Hebron.  Then guess what he did?

Abram built an alter to the Lord.

The beginning of the 14th chapter of Genesis describes warring between 9 kings in the region where Lot lived, near the lands of Sodom and Gomorrah.  Four kings eventually seized all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, including Abram's nephew, Lot, and all of Lot's possessions.

A man escaped and reported the situation to Abram.  Abram gathered 318 trained men to go after Lot.  Abram succeeded.  He brought Lot and Lot's possessions as well as the women and other people.

Melchizedek, king of Salem, went to Lot.  Melchizedek was a priest of God and he blessed Abram saying:
Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
Creator of Heaven and earth.
And praise be to God Most High,
Who delivered your enemies into your hand. - Genesis 14:19-20

Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of everything.

The king of Sodom wanted Abram to give him the people back, but told Abram that he could keep the goods for himself. 

However, Abram told the king of Sodom that he had taken an oath to the Lord that he would take nothing belonging to the king of Sodom so that the king of Sodom could not claim to have made Abram wealthy.  Abram only asked for the food his men had eaten and the share that belonged to the men who had gone with Abram.

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I recently learned that there is a belief that Lot was not Abram's nephew but his brother instead.  Roger Patterson at Answers in Genesis explains here that Lot was both Abram's nephew and his brother.  Lot was Abram's nephew biologically, but Lot was considered Abram's brother because he was a member of the family of Terah.

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Charles Stanley teaches two a life lessons based on Genesis 13:8 and Genesisi 14:20  He reminds us that:

Abram counted a good relationship with his nephew as more important than his own material prosperity. He didn’t have to worry about his possessions because he had seen that no one can ever outgive God. (Charles Stanley Life Principles Daily Bible)

The mysterious priest Melchizedek reminded Abram that God had given him the victory. Even though it was Abram’s men that did the fighting, God was the one who was in control, and He is the author of all blessings. (Charles Stanley Life Principles Daily Bible)

John MacArthur tells us concerning Genesis 13:8:

Abram’s whole reaction in resolving the strife between the two households and their personnel portrayed a different Abram than seen in Egypt; one whose attitude was not self-centered. Waving his right to seniority, he gave the choice to his nephew, Lot. (The NKJV MacArthur Study Bible, 2nd Edition)

Regarding Genesis 13:9, MacArthur says:

Abram gladly called on Lot to select for himself what he desired for his household and flocks. After Lot’s choice had been exercised, then Abram would accept what was left for him. Perhaps this did much to restore, in the eyes of the servants, Abram’s integrity and reputation. (The NKJV MacArthur Study Bible, 2nd Edition)

If you are teaching children the story of Abram and Lot, you can download and/or print coloring pages from DLTK here

You can use free images of Abram and Lot from Free Bible Images here.

If you are joining me using your Beautiful Word Coloring Bible, here's a look at my pages.  I'd love to see yours!

 

Abram and Lot, Beautiful Word Coloring Bible
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