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5 Amazing Fun Facts about the Respiratory System

5 Amazing Fun Facts about the Respiratory System

Perhaps the greatest of all fun facts about the respiratory system is that God made it, just like he made everything else in our bodies: “Then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” (Genesis 2:7 ESV) From that very moment on, the respiratory system has played a central role in the human body. You may know that it allows you to breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide, but it does so much more! Here are a few more fun facts about the respiratory system.

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4 Things to Consider When Hiring a Home School Teacher

4 Things to Consider When Hiring a Home School Teacher

Families like yours choose to home school for many reasons: sometimes students struggle in mainstream classroom settings because the curriculum isn’t geared to their academic level; sometimes parents choose to home school because of bullying, violence, and moral deterioration in American schools—the potential reasons are as diverse as the students they represent.

Whatever your reason for making this decision for your family, you’re doing what’s best for your children by securing an excellent program for optimal learning, delivered by a teacher capable of prioritizing your family’s needs. You may be wondering, however, if that teacher is you. You may want to hire a home school teacher for your students. There are a few viable options for you to consider if you have this need.

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Labor Day 2016: How to Celebrate the True Meaning

Labor Day 2016: How to Celebrate the True Meaning

Do you ever wonder why we call it Labor Day when it is one of the days on which we do not labor? I sure have. Labor Day is one of the only holidays we celebrate that is seemingly named for what doesn’t happen on that day. Labor Day wasn’t always a day of rest, though. In fact, the first Labor Day wasn’t a national holiday at all. It began in the streets of New York City on September 5, 1882, when thousands of American laborers took the day off to march on behalf of the rights of workers like themselves.

 

Although Labor Day 2016 has lost much of the original intent of the day—and you’re probably not going to spend your day off taking to the streets with your coworkers—I have some ideas for ways that we can honor the original intent of Labor Day while we enjoy our three day weekends (for those of us lucky enough to have weekends off).

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The Top 3 Challenges People Face on Missionary Trips

The Top 3 Challenges People Face on Missionary Trips

Everything is a whirlwind. I feel like I can never catch a breath. From living in Swaziland, Africa, for a summer, I know how it feels to live out of my comfort zone while on a missionary trip. Whether you are doing missions in your own town or if you and your family are international missionaries, some of you may also know the challenges of missionary trips. We face challenges and blessings every day from this lifestyle. How do we keep our daily walk with God fresh? How do we have “us” time? Below, I am going to dissect three challenges that many people face while on missionary trips.

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7 Ways to Get Prepared for a New Year of Online Homeschool

7 Ways to Get Prepared for a New Year of Online Homeschool

Online homeschool is amazing because you will likely have people and resources available to help you figure out what your child needs to learn to be on track. Still, there are some things you can do to make sure you are prepared for the coming year.

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The Steadfast Determination of Swimming Prodigy Michael Andrew

The Steadfast Determination of Swimming Prodigy Michael Andrew

Michael Andrew is a seventeen-year-old with a God-given gift for swimming. He has broken more National Age Group Records than any other US swimmer, including Michael Phelps. Although he missed qualifying for the Rio Olympic team by .64 seconds, he did set the World Junior Record in the 100 meter Breaststroke. “Now’s just not my time,” Michael Andrew told reporters with a smile on his face, just moments after his Olympic trials came to a close. What gives him this peace and steadfast determination?

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7 Christian Athletes in the Rio Olympics Giving God the Glory

7 Christian Athletes in the Rio Olympics Giving God the Glory

(Photograph of Allyson Felix courtesy of Flickr. Equipe américaine du 4x400 à Londres, 2012. On voit ici Allyson Felix, is the work of Citizen59 under this CC license.)

 

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a Christian athlete in the Olympics? How would you live out your faith in an environment that stresses your mind and stretches your sanity? The following athletes shine a light on what it means to live Christ-like during The Games and how their faith in something bigger than themselves is how they have made it where they are today.

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10 Ways to Have More Fun with the Family in Your Own Backyard

10 Ways to Have More Fun with the Family in Your Own Backyard

Having fun away from home is awesome, but you can only plan so many vacations. Fortunately that doesn’t mean your family can’t get outside and have fun together right in your own backyard. We have some ideas to help you make family time in your backyard more engaging for you and your kids.

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5 Ways to Combat Summer Boredom with Science Fun

5 Ways to Combat Summer Boredom with Science Fun

Take your child’s education outside this summer, and enjoy some science fun in God’s creation! Summer presents so many opportunities for types of science fun that cannot be enjoyed during other times of the year, and we have some ideas for how you can make the most of these opportunities.

Check out these projects packed with science fun for your kids! They are sure to keep them learning this summer! Some of these experiments can be a little messy, but they clean up readily on a surface that can be hosed off.

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6 Tips to Get Your Child Ready for Adventure Summer Camp

6 Tips to Get Your Child Ready for Adventure Summer Camp

Going away to an adventure summer camp is a rite of passage, and a great opportunity for your son or daughter to grow in his or her independence and confidence. A good adventure can also help build self-esteem and dependence on God. If your child is not yet signed up for an adventure summer camp, it is not too late! Research camps in your area and check with local churches or Young Life to see what options are available.

Some of the great things about going away to adventure summer camp can be undermined if your child goes away to camp unprepared. Here are some tips to make sure your child shows up with everything he or she needs for a transformative and positive experience at an adventure summer camp:

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7 Ways Homeschool Can Help You Through a Teen Pregnancy

7 Ways Homeschool Can Help You Through a Teen Pregnancy

We can all agree that teen pregnancy—no matter the circumstances—is not an ideal situation; it is the result of a broken world, and it presents a dilemma for all involved. There are suddenly many things to figure out, and your life is no longer your own. Let’s not forget that, however costly, ill-timed, and inconvenient, children are gifts from God and blessings to their communities. We pray that your community is ready to receive and love you and your child, especially in a time such as this.

While teen pregnancy will change your life, it does not have to derail it. The tools that you need to press into this new path in your life are readily available, easily accessible, and will allow you to proceed in a positive direction.

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Preparing for Home School: 10 Tips to Launch a Great Year

Preparing for Home School: 10 Tips to Launch a Great Year

It is summer. Whew! You have made it through a whole year of homeschool, taking charge in your child’s education and teaching them—not just school subjects but how to live healthy, productive, curious, and spiritual lives. Hopefully you’re able to take a break this summer and regroup. We have some ideas for how you can use your family’s educational hiatus to recharge, keep them learning, and prepare yourself for the coming year.

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Teach Your Kids that Books are Fun with These 6 Activities

Teach Your Kids that Books are Fun with These 6 Activities

Books are fun, amazing vehicles for transferring knowledge and adventure—and reading is great for a growing mind. Sometimes, though, it can be hard to convince your kids that books are fun. We have some suggestions for activities you can do with the books your kids are reading to help deepen their understanding and make the stories come to life.

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7 Ways to Make Your Home a Summer Learning Fun Zone

7 Ways to Make Your Home a Summer Learning Fun Zone

Learning is not just something that happens in school—it happens throughout one’s whole life! The most successful people are constantly adding their knowledge. Childhood is a great time to develop healthy curiosity and learning habits that will last a lifetime. You can help your child step into this process by turning your home into a fun zone for summer learning and participating in the discovery process.

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5 Tips for Families of a Future NCAA Student Athlete

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The primary role of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is to ensure that an NCAA student athlete is equipped to handle experiences that occur on the field, in the classroom, and in life, and its categorization of the diverse schools that make up its membership—over 1,100 schools which play in 3 divisions—put the NCAA student athlete on a level playing field with other like-minded institutions.

For high schoolers hoping to become an NCAA student athlete, pursuing this path can be overwhelming. You are left with a lot to navigate without much direction. Beyond the normal factors of SAT scores, AP exams, and choosing a school and career path, you have to consider schools with the sports programs and coaches you will thrive under in the division (I, II, or III) that you want. For Christian athletes, the values and culture of the school are also important factors.

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10 Healthy Summer Snacks to Bring to a Backyard BBQ

10 Healthy Summer Snacks to Bring to a Backyard BBQ

Now that summer is in full swing, you may have many a backyard BBQ to attend or host. There are plenty of fattening foods associated with a backyard BBQ, but you can bring a lot more to the table this summer than chips and potato salad. We have some ideas for side dishes, desserts, and even drinks to help you out of that rut.

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Family Time: Writing an Independence Day Poem

Family Time: Writing an Independence Day Poem

For many of us, Independence Day means flags, lake days, fireworks, and barbeques—maybe even a day off of school or work. All of that stuff is wonderful, but it can be enriched when we take the time to consider how Independence Day began, and what it means to us now. If you are looking for a fun activity to do with your kids to get them thinking about what Independence Day is, you can write an Independence Day poem with them! You can write one all together, or you can each write your own and have fun sharing them with one another.

Now, not all of us are comfortable thinking of ourselves as poets, but writing an Independence Day poem can be a golden opportunity to model artistic freedom for your family, just making something without fear of failure. Plus, we have some advice and some templates for you to use. Don’t be afraid to take an unexpected angle in your poem!

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How to Handle the Flag of the United States of America

How to Handle the Flag of the United States of America

As Independence Day approaches, the opportunity may arise to purchase and setup an American flag. Unfortunately, many people inadvertently mishandle the flag. Take this opportunity to learn and practice handling the flag of the United States of America properly and with care, and teach your children about the flag. The vexillologists (flag experts) and veterans out there will thank you.

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Recommended Reading Every Christian Family Can Enjoy this Summer

Recommended Reading Every Christian Family Can Enjoy this Summer

Now that summer is here, there are many things to get busy doing outside, but make sure to bring a book! There is no better way to stay academically in shape than by reading books. Studies show that students who participate in recommended reading programs over the summer actually gain knowledge rather than losing it.

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4 Educational Projects to Have Fun in the Sun this Summer

4 Educational Projects to Have Fun in the Sun this Summer

I remember as a kid wondering what I was going to do over the summer. I mean, two whole months of freedom! Of course, I was going to have fun in the sun at summer camp, but what about when I was stuck at home? If I would have been creative back then, I might have come up with these brilliant ideas. Below are just a few projects to do with your kids this summer that will teach them new skills while they have fun in the sun.

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