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August 17, 2011      


Controlling the TV in Your Home   


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We have been married 27 years. We had television reception for maybe two of those, and we haven't missed anything at all (contrary to what everyone else in the public sector keeps telling us). What is shocking is what we see now when we go to a hotel or someone else's house. The strangest thing is that folks would never allow the behavior they witness on television in their own house, but they will allow the viewing of those kinds of behaviors right in their own living room. Besides, its history is revisionist, its science is evolutionary, its news is distorted and biased, its lasciviousness is abhorrent, and its worldview is anti-Christ.


On the other hand, televisions can be used for good. I am sure there are good programs out there for the discerning viewer. We use our TV as a monitor for our video/DVD player, and we observe very carefully what is watched. We continue to collect many Christian and educational videos and DVDs, and they have been greatly enjoyed. Instead of television channels dictating what goes into our minds, we get to dictate everything that comes out of that television. What comes out of it is what we put in it to be viewed. And for our children's sake, we decide carefully, for what we put into them is what will come out of them as well. We do not want them to be filled with the philosophies of the world; adopting its fads, materialism, and sinful ways; nor bound to a television set or particular show that keeps them from living real life for themselves.  


We could de-junk our minds and our closets and our piles of clutter with much of the time we have spent on things that entertain. Instead, I suggest finding a way to filter out the filth, or just use the television as a tool for your homeschool, making sure to keep in mind this truth before sitting down in front of the tube:


". . . I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me."

Psalm 101:2, 3



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Let me just begin this discussion with the fact that I was a TV kid. I was weaned on the static cathode tube of black-and-white television. My mentors were Captain Kangaroo, Mister Rogers, and Bert and Ernie. I watched in the morning before school, when I got off the school bus, and during the hours before bed.


That said, after I was married and had a couple of young kids, we decided to rein in the tube and cut it out. As a byproduct of that decision our kids . . . played.


Then, it eventually made its way back into our house . . . not as a TV but as a video player. We still don't watch TV very often, but we do watch a lot of videos and old TV shows.


Here's the deal: I used to look down my nose in pious righteousness at folks who watched TV and thought more highly of those who threw out their TV. Not anymore. I know that TV can be fun and familyish. It can also be a destructive, lazy habit. But I know this: You can decide what's best for your family, and not everyone decides the same thing . . . and that's okay.


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As a family, we have always enjoyed watching the news, news commentaries, sports, great movies, and shows about animals and history. Like any other tool at your family's disposal, the television should be an obedient servant, not an unruly interloper. Without a clear understanding of your family's policies about the television's uses in your house, children can easily fall into thinking that other choices are available to them. The strength of your commitment to your policies will be tested, but you can maintain your purpose with peace.


When my children were young, they were surprised to find out that neighborhood children did not have the same limitations they did in regard to television-watching. We had to specifically lay out our guidelines to our children, as well as what to do if they were playing with friends who wanted to watch something that was not on their "watch" list. They were to politely excuse themselves and head home. Before you think this was just a non-Christian problem, let me say that this principle applied to ALL their friends. Your family's taste needs to be respected, regardless of comparison with other families, even the like-minded ones.


Keep a dialogue open with your children about what they want to watch. Read reviews or preview their desired selections. Try not to just take the word of others, if possible. Since you have taught your children to make good choices, do them the courtesy of checking their ideas out for yourself. It will make a great basis for discussion, no matter what your opinion is. If they are interested enough to ask, learn enough to talk to them about your opinion, and ultimately your decisions. Respect on all levels always pays good dividends.


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Andrea Carter and the Family Secret


Andrea Carter and the Family Secret Lapbook With Study Guide


Set in the San Joaquin Valley of California in the fall of 1880, Andrea Carter and the Family Secret is the third book in the Circle C Adventures series. This softcover book of 140 pages provides another installment in the story of 12-year-old Andrea Carter. References to Andi's previous experiences will likely lead a first-time Circle C Adventures reader to her other books and will refresh the memory of seasoned fans. The story line of the book stands alone and is not dependent on the other books in the series, although references to Andi's previous adventures will likely influence a reader to seek out those books. The series is enjoyable reading for students in the "tween" years, those in upper elementary grades and lower teenage years. Although the series is not written exclusively for homeschools, it is written by a homeschooling mother who understands the need for clean, quality reading materials for children. Additional (optional) resources are available through Susan K. Marlow's website: (Read the rest of the review here.)


This review is for the Lapbook With Study Guide that is designed to be used with the chapter book, which must be purchased separately. Designed for children from second to sixth grades, this lapbook is available in several formats. This review is for the printed format, which comes in a thin plastic bag with sticky closure strip. Prefolded lapbook file folders are also available for $1 each. Three file folders are necessary for this lapbook, but they do not have to be prefolded or brightly colored. Standard manila file folders will suffice. You will also need scissors, markers, pens, brass brads, a stapler, and glue to assemble the product.


Included are 47 pages of lapbook components, informational text pages, and instructions for assembling the lapbook. A "Things to Know" page explains the folding patterns for lapbooks, placement of the mini-booklets, and lapbook assembly choices. All necessary instructions are included. Several pages of diagrams are included to show how to make the three-folder lapbook, including detailed, color-coded diagrams specific to this particular lapbook. (Read the rest of the review here.)


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