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Free printable spelling rule posters

July 19th, 2018

“Have you ever wondered why some words have a double consonant at the end (such as sniff), while other words do not (such as dog and bat)?

The answer is easy – and we call it The Floss Rule. The Floss Rule is a really simple spelling rule that helps kids remember when to use a double consonant at the end of a word.

Check out The Floss Rule in this video, and then read on for free printable spelling rule posters and a sample lesson…”

Read the rest of the article here.

Spelling Rules Posters


There is no sweeter pillow than providence

July 2nd, 2018

Charles Spurgeon, “Israel at the Red Sea”

How sweet is providence to a child of God, when he can reflect upon it.

He can look out into this world, and say, “However great my troubles, they are not so great as my Father’s power. However difficult may be my circumstances, yet all things are working together for my good.”

He who holds up yonder unpillared arch of the starry heavens can also support my soul without a single apparent prop.

He who guides the stars in the well-ordered courses, even when they seem to move in hazy dances, surely He can overrule my trials in such a way that out of confusion He will bring order; and from seeming evil, produce lasting good.

He who bridles the storm, and puts the bit in the mouth of the tempest, surely He can restrain my trial, and keep my sorrows in subjection.

I need not fear . . .
while the lightnings are in His hands,
and the thunders sleep within His lips;
while the oceans gurgle from His fist,
and the clouds are in the hollow of His hands;
while the rivers are turned by His foot,
and while He digs the channels of the sea.

Surely, He whose might gives wings to the angels, can furnish a worm with strength.
Surely, He who guides a cherub, will not be overcome by the trials of a speck like myself.

He who makes the most ponderous orb roll in dignity, and keeps its predestined orbit, can make a little atom like myself move in my proper course, and conduct me as He pleases.

Christian! there is no sweeter pillow than providence. And when providence seems adverse, believe it still, and lay it under your head. For depend upon it, there is comfort in its bosom.

There is hope for you, child of God. The great trouble which is to come in your way in your pilgrimage, is planned by divine love, the same love which shall interpose as your protector.


Illustrated Bible Excerpts: David and Goliath

July 2nd, 2018

David and Goliath cover for blog

Illustrated Bible Excerpts is a series of short ebooks telling the Bible stories we all know and love so well. Each ebook contains an excerpt from the Bible with numerous illustrations inserted into the text. The first book in this series, David & Goliath, has 42 illustrations — some familiar, but many will be new to you. As you read the Bible passage with your children, the many amazing and unique images will solidify the story in their minds.

42 illustrations
52 pages
8.5 X 11
compiled by Laurie Bluedorn
published by Trivium Pursuit

Purchase your copy here.

Below is an excerpt from our ebook.

1 Samuel 17

Now the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle; and they were gathered together at Socoh, which belongs to Judah, and encamped between Socoh and Azekah, in Ephesdammim. Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and encamped in the valley of Elah, and set the battle in array against the Philistines. The Philistines stood on the mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on the mountain on the other side: and there was a valley between them. A champion out of the camp of the Philistines named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span went out. He had a helmet of brass on his head, and he wore a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass. He had brass shin armor on his legs, and a brass javelin between his shoulders. The staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam; and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron. His shield bearer went before him. He stood and cried to the armies of Israel, and said to them, “Why have you come out to set your battle in array? Am I not a Philistine, and you servants to Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then will we be your servants; but if I prevail against him and kill him, then you will be our servants and serve us.” The Philistine said, “I defy the armies of Israel today! Give me a man, that we may fight together!”


When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid. Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Bethlehem Judah, whose name was Jesse; and he had eight sons. The man was an elderly old man in the days of Saul. The three oldest sons of Jesse had gone after Saul to the battle: and the names of his three sons who went to the battle were Eliab the firstborn, and next to him Abinadab, and the third Shammah. David was the youngest; and the three oldest followed Saul. Now David went back and forth from Saul to feed his father’s sheep at Bethlehem. The Philistine came near morning and evening, and presented himself forty days. Jesse said to David his son, “Now take for your brothers an ephah of this parched grain, and these ten loaves, and carry them quickly to the camp to your brothers; and bring these ten cheeses to the captain of their thousand, and see how your brothers are doing, and bring back news.” Now Saul, and they, and all the men of Israel, were in the valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines. David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took and went, as Jesse had commanded him. He came to the place of the wagons, as the army which was going out to the fight shouted for the battle. Israel and the Philistines put the battle in array, army against army. David left his baggage in the hand of the keeper of the baggage, and ran to the army, and came and greeted his brothers. As he talked with them, behold, the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, came up out of the ranks of the Philistines, and said the same words; and David heard them. All the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were terrified. The men of Israel said, “Have you seen this man who has come up? He has surely come up to defy Israel. The king will give great riches to the man who kills him, and will give him his daughter, and make his father’s house free in Israel.”

David spoke to the men who stood by him, saying, “What shall be done to the man who kills this Philistine, and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”

The people answered him in this way, saying, “So shall it be done to the man who kills him.”

Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger burned against David, and he said, “Why have you come down? With whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride, and the naughtiness of your heart; for you have come down that you might see the battle.”

David said, “What have I now done? Is there not a cause?” He turned away from him toward another, and spoke like that again; and the people answered him again the same way. When the words were heard which David spoke, they rehearsed them before Saul; and he sent for him. David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him. Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”

Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.”

David said to Saul, “Your servant was keeping his father’s sheep; and when a lion or a bear came, and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after him, and struck him, and rescued it out of his mouth. When he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and struck him, and killed him. Your servant struck both the lion and the bear. This uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, since he has defied the armies of the living God.” David said, “The LORD who delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.”

Saul said to David, “Go! The LORD will be with you.” Saul dressed David with his clothing. He put a helmet of brass on his head, and he clad him with a coat of mail. David strapped his sword on his clothing, and he tried to move; for he had not tested it. David said to Saul, “I can’t go with these; for I have not tested them.” Then David took them off.

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He took his staff in his hand, and chose for himself five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag which he had. His sling was in his hand; and he came near to the Philistine. The Philistine walked and came near to David; and the man who bore the shield went before him. When the Philistine looked around, and saw David, he disdained him; for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and had a good looking face. The Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” The Philistine cursed David by his gods. The Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the sky, and to the animals of the field.”

Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin; but I come to you in the name of the LORD of Armies, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today, the LORD will deliver you into my hand. I will strike you, and take your head from off you. I will give the dead bodies of the army of the Philistines today to the birds of the sky, and to the wild animals of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the LORD doesn’t save with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’S, and he will give you into our hand.”

When the Philistine arose, and walked and came near to meet David, David hurried, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. David put his hand in his bag, took a stone, and slung it, and struck the Philistine in his forehead.


The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth. So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine, and killed him; but there was no sword in the hand of David. Then David ran, stood over the Philistine, took his sword, drew it out of its sheath, killed him, and cut off his head with it.

David and Goliath by Michelangelo, on the Sistine Chapel ceiling

When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. The men of Israel and of Judah arose and shouted, and pursued the Philistines as far as Gai and to the gates of Ekron. The wounded of the Philistines fell down by the way to Shaaraim, even to Gath and to Ekron. The children of Israel returned from chasing after the Philistines and they plundered their camp. David took the head of the Philistine, and brought it to Jerusalem; but he put his armor in his tent.

Peter Sion

When Saul saw David go out against the Philistine, he said to Abner, the captain of the army, “Abner, whose son is this youth?”

Abner said, “As your soul lives, O king, I can’t tell.”

The king said, “Inquire whose son the young man is!”

As David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, Abner took him and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand. Saul said to him, “Whose son are you, you young man?”


David answered, “I am the son of your servant Jesse the Bethlehemite.”


25 copies of Pilgrim’s Progress to give away today

July 2nd, 2018


Today, I’m giving away 25 copies of the ebook John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress with 525 Illustrations Spanning 250 Years, Part One.

If you would like a copy and, after you look at it, are willing to post here what you think, send me your email address (bluedorn @


How to Handle Spelling Rule Breakers

June 29th, 2018

“Learning how to spell words that don’t follow the rules can be a bit boring. And we can’t have that! So the All About Spelling program has a fun and motivating way to teach these Rule Breakers.

We throw them in jail, of course!….”

In Marie Rippel’s newest blog post on How to Handle Spelling Rule Breakers, you’ll find:

–A free printable activity that contains a jail and 24 Rule Breaker cards
–3 easy steps for learning to spell words that don’t follow the rules
–A super-fun, silent film–style video that shows the strategy in action

Read the rest of the article here.

All About Reading and All About Spelling are published by All About Learning Press.

My daughter Johannah is using the All About Reading phonics curriculum and is loving it.



We look for everybody to sympathize with us

June 29th, 2018

James Smith
Important Question

Should it be according to your mind? Job 34:33

We are prone to be fretful, to complain of the dispensations of Divine Providence, and to reflect harshly upon the Lord’s dealings with us.

We want our own way.

We wish to carve for ourselves.

We would be treated as God’s favorites.

We want our ease, and prosperity, and pleasure, consulted in all things. And if this does not appear to be done — if our wills are crossed, if our schemes are frustrated, if our purposes are broken off — then we stumble, think ourselves badly treated, and look for everybody to sympathize with us.

Under these circumstances, God comes to us, as we sit among our broken cisterns, surrounded by our dethroned idols, and puts this question to us: “Should it be according to your mind?”

Are you wiser than God?

Are you kinder than God?

Are you holier than God?

Are you more just than God?

Are you better informed than God?

May not your mind be dark, or selfish, or foolish?

Should it then be according to your mind?

Should you reign, or God?

Remember that . . .
God acts in the highest wisdom,
His motives are grace and justice,
and all His purposes are worthy of Himself.

The least the Christian can do is to submit and to prefer God’s perfect wisdom, ways, and works to his own. Seeing God has so arranged all events, that all things must work together for the good of His people, they at least, should daily say, “Father, may Your will be done.”

O my soul, seek grace from God, not only to submit and be resigned to the dispensations of Divine Providence, but to acquiesce in them, and be pleased with the whole of them. Your good is consulted, your best interests are secured. Soon, very soon, it will be seen that infinite wisdom and mercy, grace and goodness, have marked out every step of your road.

Jesus replied, You do not understand what I am now doing, but someday you will. –John 13:7

Jesus replied, You do not understand what I am now doing, but someday you will. --John 13_7


Hours of Sleep

June 28th, 2018

Ron Paul Homeschool Curriculum

The National Sleep Foundation recommends that teenagers get at least 9 hours of sleep a day.

Some teens prefer an afternoon nap and less time in bed overnight. There is nothing wrong with this. People are different. One size does not fit all — as homeschoolers understand.

A great advantage of homeschooling is that it allows late-risers to do their school work without fighting their biological clocks.

My curriculum limits time spent in structured education to no more than five hours a day. Some parents add time for physical education.

Most homeschool curriculum programs limit the hours spent in formal learning. Furthermore, these programs are more efficient than classroom-based education. There are no school buses. No one takes roll.

Just make sure that “lights out” does not mean “video games on.”

Ron Paul


One more reason why I like the phonics curriculum All About Reading

June 23rd, 2018

Since everything is carefully laid out in the phonics curriculum All About Reading, you can avoid the “curse of knowledge” as you teach your child to read. Read about this “curse of knowledge” here.

All About Reading


Your work is not yet done

June 23rd, 2018

“Every Day”
Author unknown, 1872

You have not yet come to the rest and the inheritance which the Lord your God is giving you. –Deuteronomy 12:9

These words were addressed to the people of Israel in reference to their entrance into Canaan. A better rest and a more glorious inheritance are in reserve for the people of God and they are freely bestowed. As Canaan was given to the Jews, so is Heaven, with all its joys, given to believers. God has, in unspeakable grace, given His only begotten Son and with Him, He freely gives all things.

Christian pilgrim, you have not yet come to the rest and inheritance which the Lord your God will give you. You have yet a little longer to tread the wilderness course:
–your work is not yet done,
–your battles are not all fought,
–your trials are not all endured.
But praise your God and take courage.

He who has helped you hitherto
Will help you all your journey through.

You have not yet come to your rest, but you are coming to it. It is a little nearer now, than it was yesterday.

You are not yet in possession of your eternal inheritance, but Christ is in possession, and you are a joint heir with Him. Where the forerunner is, there all His followers will be.

Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance — an inheritance that is kept in Heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. 1 Peter 1:3-4


Three free Trivium Pursuit books with your order

June 15th, 2018

Please join me in my journey to learn how to use essential oils. I love how the smell of essential oils moves throughout my house, making everything smell fresh and wonderful. I love how when I apply essential oils to my skin, it gives me a sense of well-being and peace. There’s so much to learn — please join me!

To get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing the Young Living Premium Starter Kit. This way, you’ll enjoy wholesale prices all the time. It includes eleven of Young Living’s most popular essential oil singles and blends, an ultrasonic diffuser (worth $100.00), and more. In addition, I’ll send you three free Trivium Pursuit books as a thank you gift.

Becoming a wholesale member of Young Living Essential Oils is quick and easy and gives you an instant 24% wholesale discount on hundreds of products.

Some of you are wholesale members at Sam’s or Costco, so you understand the benefits associated with wholesale buying. However, with Young Living, unlike Costco or Sam’s Club, you don’t have to pay a registration fee to join.

As long as you spend at least $50.00 during the year, you’ll maintain your wholesale status — there are no yearly renewals. It’s that easy. No selling. No monthly requirements.

In other words, all you have to do to get wholesale prices is order a Young Living Premium Starter Kit. It’s that simple.


What you’ll get with your Young Living Premium Starter Kit:


–Your choice of diffuser (see choices, kit costs, and savings above)
–Lavender 5-ml
–Peppermint 5-ml
–Lemon 5-ml
–Copaiba 5-mlrainstone
–Frankincense 5-ml
–Thieves 5-ml
–Purification 5-ml
–R.C. 5-ml
–DiGize 5-ml
–PanAway 5-ml
–Stress Away 5-ml
–AromaGlide Roller Fitment
–10 Sample Packets
–10 Love It? Share It! Sample Business Cards
–10 Love It? Share It! Sample Oil Bottles
–2 NingXia Red 2-oz. samples
–Product Guide and Product Price List
–Essential Oil Magazine
–Essential Edge Member Resources

The value of the Young Living Premium Starter Kit is well over $300, while the initial investment starts at only $160.

In addition, when you choose the Premium Starter Kit, I will send you three of the following Trivium Pursuit books. This is our thank you gift for you.

Choose three of the following:

Ancient History from Primary Sources: A Literary Timeline
Teaching the Trivium: Christian Homeschooling in a Classical Style
Handy English Encoder Decoder
A Greek Alphabetarion: A Primer for Teaching How to Read, Write & Pronounce Ancient & Biblical Greek
A Greek Hupogrammon: A Beginner’s Copybook for the Greek Alphabet with Pronunciations
What Do You See? A Child’s First Introduction to Art, Volume One, Two, and Three
Little Bitty Baby Learns Hebrew
Ancient Literature — 6 Volumes
Bless the Lord: The 103rd Psalm
Little Bitty Baby Learn Greek
My Mommy, My Teacher
The Lord Builds the House: The 127th Psalm

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Young Living’s Premium Starter Kit represents over $300 worth of oils and products that will be a great blessing to your family. But, depending upon which Premium Starter Kit you order, the cost of the kit is as low as $160. (You get to choose your kit based on your favorite diffuser or products.)

Get started now. Simply follow the directions below or feel free to contact me for personalized help. After you place your order, contact me with the titles of the three Trivium Pursuit books you’d like.

Click HERE and follow the directions below. Note: The Young Living sign-up page will open as a new page.

Select the “Member” membership type (this choice allows you to get discounted pricing and it qualifies you for the potential of referral commissions, or what is called The Accidental Paycheck.) Choosing this type of membership does not obligate you to ever sell products or refer anyone to Young Living.

–Enter my member number: 1469570 into both the enroller and sponsor fields (this should pop in automatically)
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–Feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions with the sign up process.

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