I’ve heard from more than one friend that the first day of school was…um, chaotic, bad, stressful, hard…and over and over I hear from them again later that week that things have sorted out, that God is gracious, and that they’ve made it through.
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10 Awesome Book Series for Art Appreciation
Whether you’re homeschooling this fall or navigating online school or sending your kids off to school masked, you still have a chance to expand the horizons of learning with art appreciation. Here’s some books to look at.
- Looking for art appreciation books to read with your kids? These book series are our go-to reads for all of our homeschool art adventures.
Bring Your Distress to Jesus
Zach Cooper reminds us that Jesus himself sympathizes with our weaknesses.
- In the past several months, myriad forces of stress have intruded into the lives of millions of Americans.
COVID-19, for example, hasn’t only disrupted our sense of safety—it’s also disrupted our plans. Disrupted plans have sparked questions about our future, about when life will regain a sense of normalcy.
5 Newbery Award Winners Better in Audio
Betsy at Redeemed Reader suggests some winning audiobooks.
- What happens when Newbery award winners (and honors) are read aloud by skillful narrators? The books truly come alive.
Audiobooks also bring diverse settings and multicultural characters to life. Listening to the books below is a superior experience than merely reading them on your own, particularly if you live in a different place than the main characters.
Must-Knows Before the Kids Head Out: 25 Truths Every Kid & Parent Must Know
Ann Voskamp has some words for kids headed out into the world (and their parents).
- Dear Kid Headed out into the World —
You have to know how your unfolding from me was a miracle.
That’s the miraculous thing about miracles – they really do happen.
How is it in this crazy, holy world does a girl-woman bear another actual human being with a forever soul?
And this the thing in a family: there’s only so much time to go from point A to point B.
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The Song That Was Sharper Than Sting
Bethany J. Melton reminds us that Samwise sang nursery rhymes in Mordor.
- Samwise had climbed too many stairs with Shagrat drooling on his heels. He’d blasted through Cirith Ungol’s gates with Galadriel’s light. He’d searched every black corner for Frodo, and now, his master was a tower trapdoor out of reach.
So Sam sang nursery rhymes into Mordor.
Men of Iron
Liz Cottrill reviews a family favorite.
- I just finished reading a family favorite to my youngest son: Men of Iron by Howard Pyle. It’s an old book about an even older time, but stirs the soul of most any boy with the usual craving for rough and tumble adventure, breathtaking danger, and contests of brute strength.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Need an end-of-summer bucket list? I mean, who doesn’t need an end-of-summer bucket list?
Something to Watch
Andy Gullahorn’s songs are often funny and poignant. He wrote this about his song, “Homeschool”:
I wrote this song in the spring of 2020 when our kids were sent home from school because of the COVID pandemic. I thought it would have an extremely short life-span for a song – because surely the kids would be back in school for the fall semester. Well, I have learned that 2020 is not the year for getting your hopes up. I hope this song ministers to you. 🙂
Thanks for reading. We’re on your side.
-The Story Warren Team