3.1 Christian Resources: 92 Ways to Share Your Faith
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Do You Investigate Before You Donate?
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: “Smile Smarts!” Oral Health Activities
3.4 First Aid: A Graduation Requirement?
3.5 Technology: Three Big Rules Your Kids May Be Breaking Online
3.6 Adoption: What to Do About “Family” Assignments
3.7 Logic: Your Logical Fallacy Is…
3.8 English: What Makes a Book Good
3.9 Christian Filmmaking: Free Introductory Course
Although this list refers to sharing the Gospel of John, the ideas translate well to tract distribution. The website also has a great, free devotional–e-mailed daily–if you wish. Check out the second link; free membership is required.
Part of being thrifty means making charitable dollars go as far as they can. Here are two websites that can help.
One of the premiere groups founded to promote financial accountability among church-related organization, the ECFA, describes itself as, “Helping Christ-centered organizations earn [the] public’s trust through developing, [and] maintaining accountability standards and God-honoring ethical practices.”
A secular group, Charity Navigator, has earned a reputation as a thorough investigator with strict standards. You can check on a specific organization or search for organizations based on categories such as animals, education, religion, and several others. There are a million charities in the U.S., so if a charity is not listed, they may just haven’t gotten to it yet–it does not necessarily mean anything negative per se.
Do you know many telemarketer-fundraisers give as little as a penny (or less!) on the dollar to the group they are supposed to help?
Charity Watch is another good website.
Smile Smarts! is an oral health curriculum for students in preschool through grade eight divided into age appropriate groups of materials. The lessons are flexible and come with lesson plans, support materials, hands-on demonstrations, activity sheets, and suggestions for even more oral health-related activities, such as career information in the dental field for older students.
Some parents have gone so far as to require the Boy Scout’s Eagle Scout requirements (whether or not their child is in Scouts–or a boy), thinking these are simply valuable life skills in which our young people are rapidly losing competence as we move toward an urban existence. If a child is not in Scouting, some substitutions may be needed (being consistently active in groups other than Scouting, for example). You may need to find assistance to fulfill some requirements.
Lifeguard training is part of the Boy Scout requirement! Junior lifeguards can train during the years from 11 to 14. Senior lifeguards begin at 15. At LEAST know how to recognize a swimmer in distress (It may not look as you would expect.), and do a rescue from poolside, without going into the water.
In-person classes are almost always better because you get to practice CPR on dummies and get direct feedback from trained instructors. Find Red Cross classes on this page, listed by zip code. The more training/equipment one is qualified to use, the better!
Although your kids may “know it all” when it comes to child care with wall-to-wall, 24/7/365 siblings, an official card for care-giving and babysitting (ages 11 to 15) can’t hurt.
Look for plenty of extra information in the sidebars of all the pages. Check with your local hospital; they may know of other groups.
Failure to launch: Growing up in today’s digital age gives kids easy access to information. But that easy access reduces the time it takes kids to think through their actions and causes many of them to stumble. Check out this insightful article by Sierra Filucci—it’s filled with practical advice on keeping your kids safe in this internet age.
In the homeschool setting, some families choose to skip these lessons, while others have a different approach. See the resources here if your family includes an adopted child! There’s a great, free download about tackling these assignments.
“Your Logical Fallacy Is” is a useful tool for learning logic and reasoning. Logical fallacies are flaws in reasoning that are commonly used. Rolling your mouse over any of the icons gives the name and definition of the fallacy; clicking the icon takes you to a page with a more detailed explanation and examples.
Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn, of Trivium Pursuit, suggest ways to determine if a book is suitable for children.
Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Send Link to Free AFG Online Course.” The Advent Film Group will send you a link to see their “introductory online course to better understand the new Christian Film Movement: What makes it different. How Hollywood is responding. Why it’s important. And how you can get involved.” (Content is appropriate for all ages.)