BOOKSBLOOM Seminar and Bookstore

LAST CHANCE! PRE-REGISTER THIS WEEK, BY JULY 15th, TO GET A DISCOUNT ON BOOK PURCHASES!

This Monday, July 18th from 6pm-9pm and Tuesday, July 19th from 8:30am-12:00 Meriadoc Homeschool Library will be hosting a BooksBloom Seminar at Trinity Fellowship, 301 Leisure Lane, Friendswood, TX. The Blooms’ BooksBloom Bookstore will open at 3:00 on Monday for Preview shopping for families who are pre-registered. Bring your friends and neighbors to see all the wonderful old and vintage books that the Blooms have collected for your benefit.

It’s not too late to pre-register if you are interested. Jan has even sweetened the deal by offering you an additional $15 off a purchase of $50 or more if you pre-pay.

The cost of attending the seminar is $20 per family. In order to pre-pay just send your $20 fee through PayPal. Log on to PayPal.com and make a personal transfer of $20 to sherry.early@gmail.com. Be sure to indicate in the transaction who you are so I can mark you as pre-paid and place you on my attendance roster. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at sherry.pray4you@gmail.com.

Monday evening will be a great opportunity for the whole family. At 6:30 pm-7:30 pm, Jan will speak to us all:

SAILING ON LIVING LIGHT: Voyaging with Great Books

Adventure, excitement, understanding, and delight – welcome to the world of living books, where the fresh breezes of new worlds stir imaginations! Beyond the dull, dry textbooks await REAL books that add life, depth, breadth, and excitement to learning. Discover how to travel through subjects with books that are interesting, informative, well-written, and enjoyable; books that become guides and maps as we journey through life. Jan, a veteran homeschooler and author, will navigate through both nonfiction and fiction, explaining how each fulfills educational, emotional, and spiritual objectives.

Then we will split into two groups from 7:45-9:00 pm. The men will gather with Gary for:

GATHER ‘ROUND, CHILDREN: Read Alouds for Dads and Kids

Supper has been eaten, the dishes are washed, pajamas are on, and the BEST time of the day is here–story time! Join Gary, who read to his children faithfully for years, as he explores how a father can build a special relationship with his children through time spent reading aloud together. Guidelines and suggestions will be offered that will get even a non-reader dad off to a great start.

The women will gather with Jan to hear:

KEEPERS OF THE BOOKS: The Vital Importance of a Home Library

Throughout history, reading and owning books has been associated with culture, learning, and wisdom. In modern times, books have yielded to electronic information systems. Jan, a vintage bookseller, believes that the older books, written true to a Christian worldview and absent many modern biases, need to be rescued from destruction, read by the students of today, and kept safe for future generations. Jan gives guidelines on choosing which books to include in a home library, which books to borrow from a public library, and which books to send to the trash. Practical suggestions on book repair, deodorizing, and organizing will also be discussed.

Tuesday morning Jan will speak on the following topics:

CRADLE TO GRADE: Preparing Your Children to Love Reading

9:00 am Booklovers become worldchangers, but they are grown, not born. Jan, a booklover and veteran homeschooler, will give advice to help parents of young children develop strategies and lifestyles that will “till the soil” and prepare a child’s mind for the hard, but joyful, work of learning from books. Caution: Do not come if you are not ready to give up or considerably cut down on TV and computer time…

THE FOUNDATIONAL FIVE: Bible Stories, Fairy Tales, Mother Goose, Aesop’s Fables, and Mythology

10:30 am David and his five smooth stones, Cinderella and her glass slipper, Mary and her lamb, the tortoise and the hare, and dynamite are only a few examples of how these five collections of tales have influenced our literature, our language, and our lives. Learning the prime stories gathered in these sources equips your students to enjoy a lifetime of reading and getting the most out of the allusions, metaphors, and subtle remarks mined from the great classics.

Tuesday morning Gary will speak on the following topics:

THE IDIOT’S GUIDE TO BUILDING BOOKCASES- A How-to Workshop

9:00 am With only a few power tools and some lumber you can get those books out of boxes and onto shelves–shelves that you will be able to put together quickly and easily after attending this workshop for moms and dads. Gary, who has built dozens of these bookcases, will demonstrate step by step how to build a functional, practical, inexpensive, and good-looking bookcase.

HOW TO REALLY LOVE YOUR HOMESCHOOLING WIFE or, What NOT to Say at the End of the Day!

(Alternate title: HOW TO REALLY IRRITATE YOUR HOMESCHOOLING WIFE)

10:30 am Speaking from 36 years of husbandly experience, Gary offers cautions, correction, and consolation for husbands with homeschooling wives. His useful advice will help husbands understand their wives better and will enable them to help their wives find joy and affirmation in the day-to-day challenges of homeschooling, parenting, and partnering.

SIgn up now before it’s too late!

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