Mary Pope Osborne’s Classroom Adventures Program

Introductory Note:  I was contacted by an agency about this program and asked if I would publicize it on my site.  Normally, I turn down such requests but because I think this one actually has value I am posting my thoughts and opinion on the site.  Further, I admire Mary Pope Osborne and what she has done for getting kids to read in this country through her hugely successful Magic Tree House series; so, this is the least I can do to further her goals.  She constantly is giving back what she has been given (especially to kids) and I see this site as contributing to her efforts.

To celebrate the Magic Tree House’s 20th Anniversary, the author of the series, Mary Pope Osborne has created a free, comprehensive set of educational resources located here at Classroom Adventures Program.  Incorporating every book in the series, this resource helps teachers spark the interest kids have in the series and expand it to school subjects.

Osborne’s “Gift of Books” Program provides free-books to under resourced schools as well.  More information is available at the aforementioned site.

My kids love the Magic Tree House series and I do as well.  They learn about different parts of the world and interesting historical facts in a fun way so they don’t even know they are learning.  These books are on the top of my list for the kids to read out-loud to me because I learn as well!

I have previewed this website and it does offers a lot of ideas on how to engage children’s interest further in the various subjects.  It has a sample curriculum online that tells you what subjects are covered in which books and it even has sample kids works so you’ll get an idea of what the work looks like when completed.

My kids love to go to the Magic Tree House website and do adventures and get stamps for the books they have read.  I see this new site as just another way to further education.

Homeschoolers can use this just as easily as classroom educators.  Everything is free.  For me personally, I probably won’t be using it because our days are packed already.  But it’s there if I need it and it’s a resource that I believe is worth exploring.

BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 27, Day 2: James 3

Summary of passage:  James begins by stating that teachers are judged more strictly. We all stumble in our walk with God.  Small things can control big objects:  a bit controls a horse, a rudder controls the ship.  The tongue can as well.  A tiny spark can burn and destroy the whole forest.  So can the tongue:  it can corrupt the whole person.  No man can tame it (implying only God can).  It is evil.

For out of the same mouth come praises to God and curses to men.  This should not be.

The wise are shown by a good life and deeds done in humility.  Earthly wisdom harbors bitter envy, selfish ambitions, boasting, denying the truth, disorder, and evil.  Heavenly wisdom is pure, peace-loving, considerate, submissive, merciful, impartial, and sincere, leading to righteousness.

Questions:

3)  They have more opportunity to sin due to the authority they have over others.  Teachers should set the example and stumble less in their walk with Christ.

4a)  Control:  A small bit can control a horse, a rudder turns the whole ship.  Destroy:  a small spark can burn a whole forest.  The tongue can be either.  It can boast or corrupt the whole person.

b)  Personal Question.  My answer:  I don’t like this question so I’m going to hold my tongue in answering it.  I’m not sure how re-living others’ past hurts can help us improve our walk with the Lord.  I think we are all mature enough to realize what we say to others is powerful.  This question would have been great if it had focused on the positive aspect of hurtful words: overcoming and forgiving the person who said them.

c)  Hold it

5)  Wisdom is knowledge of what is right.  When you act out of what is right, you are humble.  For pride is not wisdom.  You do good works because it is the right thing to do, leading to humility.  You know pride is destructive; therefore, you are wise to be humble.

6a)  Earthly wisdom is bitter envy and selfish ambition, boasting, denying the truth, disorderly, and evil.  Heavenly wisdom is pure, peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere and thus righteous.

b)  Pray.  To turn your heart.  To heal your wounds.  To know Him more.  Read the Word. Soak in its truths so you are more able to push out the evils of this world.  And act.  Be more pure, peaceful, considerate, submissive, merciful, impartial, and sincere in your life towards others and your wisdom will grow.  Practice makes perfect!

Conclusions:  Holding of the tongue has been repeated throughout this study, which I like.  Something I need to hear.

My overarching theme this year seems to be prayer.  In every personal answer, I have been answering prayer.  For God promises He will answer our prayers.  I am constantly striving to pray more in my daily life.

I also like how judging is repeated this year as well.  It’s important to remember that we will be judged and what we do matters.  The reminder that we are held to a higher standard should be paramount in our minds.  We are examples to others in all things.