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Beating the Holiday Rush: A Book Recommendation

Nov 26, 2012

Posted on November 26, 2012 by Meredith Johnson By now, the turkey has been polished off on sandwiches, and nothing is left of the pecan pie but crumbs. The pumpkins have been put away, and the stockings and ornaments pulled out of closets and attics. The Christmas season always starts off fast out of the gate and doesn’t seem to slow down until bowl games are wrapped up and promises are made to only have salads and water for dinner every night. All of a sudden the season is over – a season when we are meant to celebrate God’s Greatest Gift to Us. But a season that is often, sadly, filled with rush and gloom. I wanted to recommend one book that I have loved over the years and that has meant so much to me – Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus – Experiencing the Peace and Promise of Christmas edited by Nancy Guthrie. One of my favorite Christmas season traditions is to sit with my coffee in the morning (or maybe this year in the afternoon) and read a chapter and reflect on what the words mean in my own life, preparing my heart for Christmas. In her preface, Nancy writes that she often allowed Christmas to “sneak up on her.” I speak for many when I say that is a very common feeling! Her search for Advent readings came up dry, so she “embarked on a sacred adventure of putting such a collection together.” She adapts sermons and essays into four to five page chapters – from Saint Augustine to Charles Spurgeon to Tim Keller and First Presbyterian Church’s own Ligon Duncan. She has also compiled Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross – Experiencing the Passion and Power of Easter in a similar format. For other books written or edited by Nancy Guthrie, visit http://www.nancyguthrie.com/books/. May you be blessed this Advent season!

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Sometimes What Seems Obvious ISN’T!

Nov 12, 2012

Posted on November 12, 2012 by Kathy Henley Most teachers would agree that “How can I help my child at home?” is one of the most often asked questions we receive.  Education studies reveal that homework problems are often simply the result of poor study habits. While that point may seem obvious, what may not be as obvious to parents is that most children, learning disabled or not, need to have these skills specifically modeled and taught to them.   Organization, sequential thinking, and time management skills are often quite difficult for children (and a challenge for many adults!) so teaching your child these skills is truly a gift! Most parents, at one time or another, have dealt with a worried child who felt unprepared the night before a test or a big project is due. This can be very stressful for everyone! Here are a few tips for developing good organizational habits and study skills: Identify a location for homework/study that is free of distractions. Teach your child to gather all needed materials and organize them. Help your child develop a sequential plan (steps) and a timeline for completing projects. Teach your child to check all assignments for accuracy and completion. Consider a folder or pocket organizer for homework that needs to be turned in. Remind your child that it is fine to ask for help when it is needed! The time you spend with your children in the development of good study habits is an important investment in their academic future.  Keep up the good work!

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