Little Bugs Teach Big Lessons

Written by Lisa M. Hendey

Little Bugs Teach Big Lessons Product Review of Bugtime Adventure Series By Lisa M. Hendey

I’m one of those “mean” moms who typically makes her children do “homework” duringrepparttar summer, convinced that a stretch of close to three months with no pencil in hand will be detrimental torepparttar 144347 academic progress my boys have achieved duringrepparttar 144348 school year. This summer however, my sons have negotiated with me to avoidrepparttar 144349 traditional summer workbooks we’ve used inrepparttar 144350 past. In their place,repparttar 144351 boys are coming up with their own learning activities withrepparttar 144352 goal of having fun while reinforcing math, language arts, and religious lessons learned duringrepparttar 144353 year.

A newly created animation series by Lightning Bug Flix fits perfectly intorepparttar 144354 summer agenda around our house – learning laced with laughter, fundamentals featuring fun! My youngest son Adam and I recently took time to enjoyrepparttar 144355 first in a planned thirteen episode series of DVD productions entitled “Blessing in Disguise: The Joseph Story”. I asked ten year old Adam to join me in a screening and review of this inaugural episode, and was genuinely pleased by Adam’s response torepparttar 144356 film. Additionally, I found myself entertained and inspired by this retelling ofrepparttar 144357 biblical account of Joseph.

Lightning Bug Flix listsrepparttar 144358 following vision at its website:

Lightning Bug Flix is a media production company creating television and home video programming that brings Insight, Inspiration, and Delight to children aroundrepparttar 144359 world:

•Inspiration that draws viewers' hearts closer to God; •Insight that brings a better understanding of God and our relationship to Him; •Delight that comes from engaging characters and entertaining stories of faith.

As a parent, I’d have to say that “Blessing in Disguise” is a great first step towards meeting this vision. Delightful calypso-style music opensrepparttar 144360 story, introduces us to a community of bugs preparing for a big picnic. Interwoven withrepparttar 144361 tale of Antoni and his friends, we meet Joseph, who is facing an important decision. Both characters have been harmed by loved ones. Joseph, sharing a flashback of his life story with a trusted servant, reflects, “Sometimes even good people do bad things.” Antoni and Joseph both contemplate seeking revenge on those who have harmed them, but end up deciding that “sometimes revenge isn’t so sweet.” Recountingrepparttar 144362 events which lead him to eventually rule wisely in Egypt, saving his country and even his own family from famine, Joseph declares, “Sometimesrepparttar 144363 worst of deeds can be a blessing in disguise.”

Are Public Schools Anti-Parent?

Written by Joel Turtel

Some public schools try to turn children against their parents with scary classroom stories or lessons about child abuse. Public school authorities have increasingly decided that they are children’s first line of defense against child abuse.

This new attitude falls under what is known as "protective behavior curriculum." The assumptions behind this curriculum are that every child needs to be warned about and prepared for possible dangers of verbal, physical, and sexual abuse because allegedly every child is a potential victim, not only of strangers but of his or her own family.

Increasingly, school authorities instruct teachers to ask children questions about their parents’ behavior and actions toward them at home. The questions amount to asking kids to spy on their parents and report incidents that make them feel “uncomfortable.”

Some school authorities use such tales by children to investigate or file charges of child abuse against parents who often did no more than yell at their children or spank them lightly.

In effect, to protect children from child abuse, some school authorities now consider all parents as potential abusers, use children to invade parents’ privacy, or make kids afraid of their parents. Often, children are disturbed and emotionally traumatized byrepparttar insinuations school authorities put into their heads.

The following incident described by Charles J. Sykes in his book, "Dumbing Down Our Kids," illustrates this disturbing anti-parent campaign by many public schools acrossrepparttar 144346 country:

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