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"Rising Early" is the fourth in a series of Coloring, Copywork, History, Character and Art Books series based on James Alexander's letters to his younger brother. Here we will learn the great benefits of early rising.

James Alexander wrote a series of beautifully encouraging letters to his younger brother on varied subjects. We will take these letters, dig in and savor them through reading, writing and artwork. We pray that your children will be encouraged in godliness by this humble and wise man.

About this booklet:

The coloring and artwork pages: In the coloring page the students may work with whichever medium you deem best, be it crayon, marker, paint. They are to choose the colors they feel express the image and text best. For younger boys, they may simply color. On the artwork page, have your son practice the skill of drawing using a grid. This method is quite helpful in seeing that images are made up of simple lines and curves and can lessen the "fear of drawing" for some. As the student takes one square of the grid at a time drawing only what is in that portion; it is encouraging to see the whole of the image come together! For advanced students, they may then add shading and color, or draw and paint a copy of their favorite picture in a sketch pad or on canvas.

The copywork pages are designed to be used with both younger and older boys and to highlight a key phrase in the text of the letter. If you are using this with an older student, he may copy the phrase in a note book or journal.

The glossary page is to be filled in as soon as your child comes across a word or phrase he does not understand. The definition is to be placed next to the word using the definition that is most fitting for the context in the letter.

The history page & writing: The aspects of history with which he was most impressed during the study can then be written and formed into a small history study (When did the author live? What was happening in the world and the world around the author at that time? What effects do you think this would have had on his writing to his brother?) and a creative writing essay. Pages are available in the back for recording thoughts.

On the character study & application page your son may list the character quality with which he was most impressed during the study. He may then search the scriptures, writing and memorizing one or more applicable scriptures well suited to inspire him to walk in godliness. Asking his Lord in prayer for diligence and joy in applying His Word.


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File Last Updated:
November 02, 2010
This title was added to our catalog on November 02, 2010.