Bible in 90 Days: A New Session and Common Questions Answered

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A few years ago, I first came upon the idea of reading through the Bible in 90 days on the Mom's Toolbox website. I had seen an interest form for a 90 days group at my church, but I didn't sign up; and I'm not sure anything ever came of it because I wasn't aware of a group meeting. But when I came upon the Mom's Toolbox post, I was interested. To be honest, I was kind of intrigued by the challenge because I love to read and thought that finishing the whole Bible in 90 days would be a challenge- even for me.

I signed up for the group that year. And I began reading. I quickly realized that I wouldn't be able to just skip days and double up here and there. If I missed a day, the reading for the next day was waaaay more. I loved the fact that I was reading with a group and that I had that accountability. That session I finished my reading within the 90 days (there are two days as a grace period).

After that session, I read in another session in the latter part of the year. That time I was also blessed to be a mentor. I continued to read and mentor through several more sessions. Kathryne, my oldest has read through with me two times. Amy at Mom's Toolbox took a break from hosting Bible in 90 Days for a year or so. I read once more on my own after that but then have taken time off and been reading a slower reading plan. This January, I attempted to do a 100 days reading, but I just didn't keep up. And, after getting so far behind, I finally stopped. (By the way, I think there are times when stopping is perfectly okay. You can read my post here.)

And then I read that Amy was hosting Bible in 90 Days again! I am thrilled to be reading through again with her and to be a mentor. If you've ever thought of reading through the Bible in 90 days, it's not to late to sign up with Amy now. She's got lots of resources for reading in the opening post. And you'll have encouragement and support from a mentor.

I've posted several times about reading through the Bible in 90 Days and why I love it. In this post, the introduction to this session, I'm going to answer a few of the common questions I hear people ask when I talk about reading through the Bible in 90 Days.

Why do you want to try to read through the Bible that quickly?

I have found that reading through the Bible in such a short time period really helps me to get a good "big picture" idea of what is happening throughout the history that the Bible relates. The Bible actually is a history book. It's the history of God's chosen people and His plan for them and later for the whole world. When you read through a history book very slowly over the course of years, or when you only ever read parts of the history and not the whole thing, you can't really understand what it's all about. But when you read through the Bible like you would a good nonfiction, historical book, you can "get it."

How can you read so much at once?

Make it a habit. It is lots of reading. I won't sugar coat it. Day one today begins with sixteen chapters of Genesis. If you use the Bible in 90 Days Bible, there are a certain number of pages designated for each day. I like to use that specific Bible for my Kindle because if I don't get through the day's reading at one time I can pick it up throughout the day and do my reading, and it's always in the right place. Having it on the Kindle also allows me to just have it everywhere I go. When I'm cooking dinner and doing some very routine task, I can have the Kindle in the other hand reading. When I'm sitting in the car waiting for a child to be through with an activity, I can pull out the Kindle and read. Once you get into a habit of doing this daily, it is much easier to keep up.

Can you really get anything out of Scripture when you are reading so much at a time?

This is NOT an in depth Bible study. You won't have time to really meditate and study as you're reading. It isn't meant to be that. What I typically do it this: When I'm reading and have a thought or question I want to think about or look up, I write it down. I don't stop to study it then. Later I'll go back and look at that, and I'll learn more. After I do a 90 day reading, I take a break from the intense reading, and I take time to go back and study things more in depth. The first time I read, I was really caught up in all the laws in the Old Testament and why they were there. So on my down time after the reading was over, I found a Bible study of Exodus and studied the law in more depth.

If you would like to read through the Bible in 90 days, stop by Mom's Toolbox and register. I'd love to know if you are reading, so leave me a comment, and let me know. Each Monday I'll be sharing where I am in the reading and some things that have spoken to me that week.

Fun on the Farm Unit Study (Poppins Book Nook)

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This month's Poppins Book Nook book club is all about farms. My younger girls (who are my usual book club participants) are a little too old to enjoy farm themed stories. But, I've still rounded up some fun farm themed books and activities. And make sure you check out the other cohosts and their great books this month. Also, as usual, there is a lapbook printables pack for the month from our host at Enchanted Homeschooling Moms. And there is a giveaway at the end of the post. So enjoy some farm themed fun with your kids this month.

Farm themed books

Preschool and Kindergarten-

Moo, Baa, La, La, La by Sandra Boynton. Her books are always some of our very favorites with cute sing song rhymes and funny illustrations.
Big, Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown. Any of Margaret Wise Brown's children's books draw me in with sweet words and illustrations.
Peek -a-Moo by Maria Torres Cimarusti. This is a very cute lift-the-flap book. My children wanted it read over and over and over and... until the flaps in ours had been taped and retaped.
Does a Cow Say Book by Judy Hindley. All little people love animal sounds books. This is a cute and fun animal sounds rendition.
Barn Dance by Pat Hutchins. I love the Pat Hutchins' books with cute stories and illustrations. This one will be a hit with your little people.
Farmyard Tales by Heather Amery and Stephen Cartwright (Usborne). From waaay back when my I sold Usborne books, we all loved Farmyard Tales. These are sweet stories about adventures on the farm with cute pictures to go along.


Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin. This book and several others by the author all feature the barn yard characters in funny situations. They've always been some family favorites.
Bob by Tracey Campbell Pearsons. This is another animal sounds book with a little twist that slightly older kids will enjoy.
Duck on a Bike by David Shannon. Can you imagine a duck on a bicycle? Your kids will think it funny as well.
The Chicken of the Family by Mary Amato. Any child with siblings will probably appreciate the funny twist to this story about older sisters making the younger feel a little left out.
James Herriot's Treasury for Children by James Herriot. Herriot was an English veterinarian, and his stories have long been loved by young and old alike. This is a collection specifically for children. I love this one (as well as his longer books with stories about his vet practice.)

Chapter Books-

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan. I love this story (and the movie that goes along). It's a gentle story that younger readers can enjoy as a read aloud or reading independently.
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin. This is another gentle story that would make for a fun read aloud.
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. and Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Of course all of the classic Little House books are wonderful, and I love them. But these are probably the most "farm" themed of the set.
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. This is a classic and one I read to my girls not long ago. There are several movie versions that are also pretty good and are accurate to the book.

Farm Themed Activities

This site has a free printable set to make an animal sounds game for little ones.
I love the paper plate pig craft on this site.
This very cute sheep craft is simple enough for little people to make.
In this nice tutorial you can learn how to make your own barn with materials around the house.
This site has a great free farm printable pack for preschoolers.
On this site you can find a free P is for Pig preschool pack with upper and lower case letter matching, pig and corn counting cards, and a word families game.

Farm Themed Unit Studies and Lapbooks

Homeschool Share has a free unit study pack for the book Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Learning About Farm Animals from A Journey Through Learning- This is a complete lapbooking set for $8.00 as an instant download
Hands of a Child has several farm lapbooking resources, including this Farming and Ranching project pack for 9th-12th graders and the Down on the Farm pack for K-2nd grade.

And now for this month's lapbook pack and giveaway:

Jill at Enchanted Homeschooling Mom has a great farm themed lapbook pack for this month's book club.

And this month's giveaway:

Down on the Farm Bundle Giveaway! Swing your partner round and round and come on down to the farm this month with the Poppins Book Nook! Every month this group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win the Down on the Farm Bundle. The winner will enjoy two fun farm themed learning items. The two items that they will win is the Farming storybook by author Gail Gibbons and Safari Ltd Farm Babies TOOB. Let the farm themed learning fun begin!

Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the PromoSimple terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom's disclosures found here {}. Just enter the PromoSimple below to win:

My Joy-Filled Life

Four Great Resources for Homemakers

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As I've posted occasionally about the Ultimate Homemaker's Bundle on sale this week, I wanted to share a few of my favorite homemaker's resources (that just happen to be a part of this bundle). These are all resources I've purchased or been given and had the opportunity to review. And they are all resources that I've enjoyed and that have been a blessing for me as a homemaker.

Paperless Home Organization

This is a great little book by Mystie Winckler. I had the opportunity to review it my first year on the Schoolhouse Review Crew. I've long enjoyed using digital organization instead of a paper homemaking binder. And, although I know some of you just love paper organizers you can hold and touch and carry with you, many people are finding it easier and more convenient to organize digitally. If you like using your computer for everything- like me!- Paperless Home Organization has some great ideas and how to tips.

This Week @ As We Walk Along the Road

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After lots of rain and clouds lately, we actually had some beautiful spring like weather here. It was just in time for our local spring festival- Come See Me. We were able to get out and about a few times. We're also well on our way to finishing our regular school schedule, with about five weeks left!

Encouragement for the Discouraged Homemaker

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I'm sure I sound like a broken record when I post about homemaking, ya'll, but I really, really am out of my element when it comes to anything remotely homemakerish. Really.

I've tried sewing. I bought a machine after Thanksgiving one year on Black Friday. After almost pulling my hair out to get the stupid machine set up (while reading the little manual), I made three clothing items that were supposed to be aprons for the three girls. I'm not sure anyone could have really known they were aprons, and the whole thing was just so frustrating I packed the machine up and never used it again. Strike one.

I am not a home decorator. I have no curtains- just bare mini blinds and shutters. Our color scheme could be considered whatever works. I don't care about paintings or art work on the walls. I only frame and hang pictures of the family (in $5 Walmart frames). When I was first married, I tried really hard to care and to attempt to have color coordinating accessories and cutesy decorations, but I lived with a constant frustration that I wasn't getting it right and that I just needed to buy one more thing to make it really look good. I finally gave up and breathed a sigh of relief. Strike two.

I am not- most definitely- a cook. I've learned enough to keep us from starving, but that really is about it. My children didn't know what to think a few years ago when I had surgery and people brought in meals. They actually had edible food that wasn't one of the eight or so dishes that I can actually cook (not that I'm counting). In fact, one of the meals was a big hit with the kids and Jason, and I commented that I'd have to ask the cook for the recipe. Everyone got really quiet, and then Kathryne looked at me, and with total honesty said, "Mama, honey, I'm not sure it would really taste the same if you did have the recipe." Strike three.

As a young wife and mother, this lack really worried me. I did spend quite a bit of time struggling with the discouragement of not measuring up as a homemaker. Thankfully, through wise, older mentors and by the grace of God, I began to see that my worth as a person didn't depend on my homemaking skills. And I learned to look at what was really important and focus on those things instead of on the "trimmings" that really didn't matter in the long run. There have been a few key things that helped me to be a less discouraged homemaker through the years.

When Calls the Heart: Family Friendly Television on the Hallmark Channel

When Calls the Heart is a television series based on an historical fiction series by Janette Oke. Having read this book series long ago, I was excited to be able to watch the premier of season two of this series which will air on the Hallmark channel on April 25th.

Keep reading to learn more about the series, read my review, and have an opportunity to win DVDs of the entire first season of When Calls the Heart (a $60 value! provided by Word Films).

It's rare to find quality television shows that are clean and are appropriate for the whole family. So I'm always glad to find shows that I can recommend. When Calls the Heart is a series with an historical fiction setting, plenty of romantic drama, and good family-friendly messages.

About the series:

Book Clubs: Sharing a Love of Reading With Friends (Read Aloud Wednesdays)

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Reading can be more fun when it's shared with friends. A book club can be a great way to share reading and book related activities with friends. In today's Read Aloud Wednesdays post, I'm sharing some of the ideas that have worked for us when sharing a book club with friends.

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We've had the opportunity to enjoy book clubs with other homeschoolers several times. Reading a book independently and then discussing it together or reading aloud and doing some fun activities can make for a great time. Here are a few ideas to help guide your book club time.

If kids are of different ages, pick a book targeted to the middle age.