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November 21, 2011 at 8:32 am Leave a comment

First, I have to mention…my book would make a great Christmas present for a teen, young adult or another homeschool mom or family in your life. The King Will Make a Way is a story of living with a sold-out faith in Jesus. It’s an allegory set in a fictional historic village. The protagonist is Gabriel, a teen boy, with his twin sister as his side kick. The antagonist is Vulpine, leader of the village with his sites set on replacing the King. Though many are martyred, as this book is a metaphor of the end times, the book avoids graphic descriptions so it can be read out loud in front of younger children.

The book not only has strong literary elements, it also can lead to great discussions on the Church, what is it, what’s it function, how can we create that today; faith, can we really trust God no matter what, does fate ever lie in our hands, what is our responsibility; choices, one of the characters makes a big choice in the book, why does she make it and how can we make similar choices to die to self daily in order to live for the King.

And of course, I made tons of homeschool materials to go along with the book: lapbook mini books, notebooking pages and worksheets. There is great stuff for language arts and writing. If you have a coop and want to teach the novel, I can help you with lessons for the classes. I have prepared lessons for a formal classroom setting which I don’t have posted anywhere.

I do hope some of you will consider getting the book for a friend this Christmas.

We had our own science fair here at home involving only my children. My son tested his remote control race car on different surfaces and made an Alice video about it. The link will take you to the Alice website. He doesn’t want me to post his project here. My daughter tested different types of vanilla ice cream and made a poster.

She used this online graph maker for her data graph. We’re using another online tool right now for history, an online timeline maker. This is pretty cool. I’m having the kids make one for our study of WWII which is going to last about 2 months. You can add text and pictures to your timeline. We are working on a paper time line as well, but that will just hold the beginning and the end of the war. The online timeline will hold the details.

For English we are in between bigger writing projects, so we’ve been doing short, one- and two-day writing activities. They have written informal and formal letters. I gave my kids a sample business letter. My son had been reading The Peterkin Papers so he has written some funny stories like in the book. I gave both my kids this graphic organizer to organize a story. In the first box goes the character description. The other boxes are for the beginning, middle and end.

And speaking of funny, here is my six year old reading knock, knock jokes in front of the family. Yes, this is school. I make them all read/recite in front of everyone from time to time. (It’s all in the curriculum.) He had been learning about different types of sentences. Ones that end with a period, an exclamation point and a question mark. I realized that knock, knock jokes contain all three! I had him write one and he also read from the page of jokes I linked to.

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