Cool Sites – April 16, 2014

Posted on Apr 13 2014 in Cool Sites by admin

3.1 Christian Resources: Ten Ways to Endure Suffering
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: RetailMeNot.com
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: “P Is for Preschooler” Blog – Spring Sensory Bins
3.4 Charity: Check Before You Give
3.5 Arts and Crafts: “Galaxy Doh”
3.6 English: Thesaurus.com

 

3.1 Christian Resources: Ten Ways to Endure Suffering

In the midst of the season where the suffering of Christ is prominent in our thoughts, Nancy Leigh DeMoss writes that we know suffering surely will come, but God can and will give us grace and power to overcome every trial and still fulfill our purpose and mission for His kingdom. She shows how the apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 10 ways to endure–to the glory of God and our own edification.

http://tinyurl.com/q6ratvr

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3.2 Thrifty Ideas: RetailMeNot.com

The website’s developer set out to find a discount on everything from jeans to plane tickets. Before you head to the store–brick and mortar or online–check here for discount codes and coupons. There is a free e-newsletter available.

www.retailmenot.com

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3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: “P Is for Preschooler” Blog – Spring Sensory Bins

The blog post “Spring into Learning with Sensory Bins” features ideas for containers prepared and ready to go whenever you need them. Themes range from ones that are pure fun and imagination to ones that seem like more traditional learning (a mini-garden with all the needed supplies). But don’t forget, play and imagination are real work for a child!

www.pisforpreschooler.com/1/post/2014/03/spring-into-learning-with-sensory-bins.html

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3.4 Charity: Check Before You Give

Although many choose to concentrate their giving within their own churches and denominations, people who are led to give to additional charities–perhaps through campaigns at work–may want to consider checking the intended group’s statistics. Here are some of the top websites dedicated to keeping tabs on charities. Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, and Intelligent Philanthropy, for example, have all prepared impressive sets of statistics. See how much the CEO is paid, what percentage of intake goes to overhead, how much money goes directly to sponsored projects, and much more.

In Charity Navigator’s section, “Top Ten Lists,” you’ll see a long list of fascinating data such as “10 Highly-Rated Charities with Low Paid CEOs,” “10 Charities in Deep Financial Trouble,” and more. None of this information can tell you where to give–if at all–outside your church, but some of the data can be revealing–and surprising.

www.charitynavigator.org

http://charitywatch.org

www.intelligentphilanthropy.com/blog-tags/66459-charity-evaluations

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3.5 Arts and Crafts: “Galaxy Doh”

Modeling clays are a real kid-pleaser in most households and here is yet another recipe for some of the homemade stuff. It requires several ingredients along with cooking, but the results appear especially stellar (sorry–couldn’t resist).

http://madebycynthiarae.blogspot.com

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3.6 English: Thesaurus.com

Prompted by item 3.4 on charity evaluations, your editor looked up “charitable” on Thesaurus.com. You would probably be quite surprised at the plethora of information this word generated beyond a mere list of several alternate words. You can select for more common versus informal synonyms, relevance, complexity, and word length. Find the definition, audible pronunciation, and part of speech; in addition, see related terms and their synonyms (seven pages of them in this case!), numerous sample sentences, and the word’s origin and history. If you opt for free membership, you may sign up for a daily e-mailed word from Dictionary.com and make lists of favorite words (share them with friends if you care to), and access the Word Dynamo sections for games to build vocabulary or just have fun! Word Dynamo deserves an entry all its own!

http://thesaurus.com/browse/charitable

http://dynamo.dictionary.com/?mp_source=ihzyvr

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