Showing posts from February, 2018

A Treasury of Sherlock Holmes

I’m sitting in my church late at night because I’m sleeping here with my favorite homeless ministry, Family Promise. I brought along my classic to read for 2018. I am trading in La Mancha for Baker Street. As Don Quixote and Sancho Panza ride into the sunset, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson appear on the scene. I’m reading A Treasury of Sherlock Holmes compiled by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s son, Adrian Conan Doyle. I learned so much simply by reading the introduction. It is said that by reading one book a year that you are among the world’s most educated. What will you be reading in 2018? #drwatsonipresume #books #bookstagram #bookworm #drwatson #sherlockholmes #classicliterature #volunteer #familypromise #rocks A post shared by Stephanie Cherry (@heystephcherry) on Jan 2, 2018 at 9:24pm PST In January of this year, I picked a classic out of a set my dad bought us when I was a little girl. I had never read all of the Sherlock Holmes stories. Let me just say that I was capti

Judah's Wife by Angela Hunt

If you have ever wanted to know more about the Maccabees, this is a fascinating read. This story occurred during the silent years between Malachi and Matthew.  In the narrative of I, after  Antiochus  IV issued his decrees forbidding  Jewish   religious practice, a rural  Jewish  priest from Modiin,  sparked the revolt with rebel Jewish warriors against the Seleucid Empire by refusing to worship the Greek gods.  I remember the first time I heard this story and I can see now that it was quite slanted. AS I read the story and studied the history, some things had been omitted and some details had been added. For instance, I had no idea how brutal these Jewish warriors were. They were beheading people and slaughtering people who oppressed Jewish worshippers. I had no idea how many battles this revolt entailed and how gruesome they were. The small Jewish army defeated large opposing forces with superior weapons repeatedly. The Jewish festival of  Hanukkah  celebrates the re-dedic

Yes, You Can Homeschool by Erin A. Barry

I have been homeschooling for ten years so I wasn't expecting to find much new information when I began reading this book. Thankfully, the thing I have learned in homeschool is to always be learning and willing to learn. Often we need to hear old things in a new way again. That is what Erin's book did for me. From teaching philosophy, to socialization, to the very heart of why we do this, I was encouraged. She breathed new life into an old game. I think everyone should read this. It's full of wonderful ways to facilitate learning and the true end goals of education. It would be great for an educator as well as a prospective homeschooler. Truly the objective is to instill a love of learning. Erin's book is beautifully thought out and backed up with research. If you are a beginning homeschooler or needing a boon in your spirit to press on, pick up this book. I personally highlighted about fifty sections. I thought I would share a few.  9 Publisher Desc