If you live in a country where the winter is long, then you are probably celebrating that summer has finally arrived. The best part about summer? The absolutely, wonderfully looooooong days. It is a gift for families and an opportunity to spend more time together in fruitful ways. Below are just some suggestions form different websites on activities for the family.
June 1st – International Children’s Day
International Children’s Day is celebrated worldwide by most countries on either November 20 th or June 1st. The June 1st celebration was established by the Women’s International Democratic Federation on its November 1949 congress in Paris and it was originally celebrated as the International Day for Protection of Children.
The June 1st date is a great choice as most children go on their summer break soon after and with the hours of sunlight. And just in case your kids ask you, “Dad (or mom), why are the days longer in the summer?, here’s the answer -
Because whichever hemisphere you are located in is tilted toward the sun. Depending on what point in it’s orbit around the sun the earth is located at, the earth will be tilted either towards the sun, or away from it. In the summer, the sun is higher in the sky, and requires more time to travel from one horizon to the other. The days keep getting longer until the summer solstice, at which point the days start getting shorter until the winter solstice. The halfway points are marked as the spring and fall equinox. Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_do_days_get_longer_in_summer#ixzz1wkddN0v
Things to do with your kids-
—Teach them to play an instrument:
- Free Beginners Lessons for Guitar - http://www.guitarlessons.com/guitar-lessons/beginner-guitar-quick-start-series/
- And one more here - http://guitar.about.com/library/blguitarlessonarchive.htm
- Aspiring guitarists should check out web site Video Tabs, which scours YouTube for guitar-specific instructional videos and posts the best to their site.(via)
- Drums – www.FreeDrumLessons.com and the sites Youtube channel- http://www.youtube.com/user/freedrumlessons
- Piano- www.youtube.com/user/mariocast About The Piano Podcast with Mario Ajero .Videos devoted to the piano and piano pedagogy. Include piano lessons, performances, and interviews.
—Children Desiring God - God-centered resources for training the next generation at www.childrendesiringgod.org/
- Library for Children by Topic Index here
- Curriculum - Sunday School - Youth - Preschool - Nursery and Toddler
- Backyard Bible Club/VBS - Backyard Bible Club/VBS. The goal of the Backyard Bible Club
- Sunday School - Sunday School. Man is not the key player in history; God is
- Youth - The surrounding culture tells young people that they are…
- Preschool - We have been commanded to acquaint the ..
—Ministry to Children . com They offer many ideas, resources – some demonstrated with youtube videos
- a list of 5 Desiring God books for children ministry and parenting,
- for the “games challenged parents” – 10 water balloon games, Non competitive games, and Games for preschoolers,
- GAMES – PAGE
- Kids’ Bible Trivia questions and answers,
—Teach your kids songs you used to sing in your youth or learn some new songs or hymns - Hymnary.org: a comprehensive index of hymns and hymnals | Hymnary.org: A comprehensive index of over 1 million hymn texts, hymn tunes, and hymnals, with information on authors and composers, lyrics and scores of many hymns, …http://www.hymnary.org/
—Summer fun and games at www.akidsheart.com
For more ideas search for “fun, free things to do with kids” and just add your town. Also if you live in a big city, check with your public library for children’s events, such as book reading, and inquire if they have free passes to museums, aquariums and the zoo.
—National Park Service – www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm - search by state or activity to find a new nature place to visit in or around your state.
Spend time with your spouse -
If you want more ideas on how to spend time with your spouse here is a list of activities:
- Read a book together… Take turns reading, or if one person prefers to do the reading, the other can relax and just listen
- Read a specific book of the Bible or a specific subject to get a deeper understanding
- Pray together as a family – if you have younger kids, teach them how to pray and let them pray out loud with you
- Listen or read sermons of older and gone on preachers (Ravenhill, Tozer, Spurgeon, etc) here SermonIndex.net audio sermons at http://www.sermonindex.net/
- Visit some churches in your area that you’ve been meaning to see
- Volunteer with a church that does short term ministry
- Check out your community (village, town, city, state) calendars on their respective websites
- Visit museums, planetariums, aquariums, zoos, points of interest in and around your state
- Play board games, take up some fitness routine (walks around your neighborhood after dinner are precious)
- Start a journal – just your observations of life (your kids will be very interested in this as they grow older)
Spend time reading
- CCEL - Christian Classics Ethereal Library - you can read many (hundreds) books. Browse by book title, author; study the Bible using online commentaries
- Early Church Fathers- http://www.earlychristianwritings.com - Early Christian Writings: New Testament, Apocrypha, Gnostics, Church Fathers - Offers resources for Christian texts, including the Apocrypha, Gnostics, and New Testamant.
- Internet Christian Library – at www.iclnet.org - Internet Christian Library Built by reviewing materials, reading books, and visiting web sites for the purpose of pointing the way for … education. Discussion Groups hosted at ICLnet ..
- Main Page – Theopedia The Five Solas are five Latin phrases (or slogans) that emerged from the Protestant Reformation intended to summarize the … Retrieved from “http://www.theopedia.com/Main_Page” …
- Theological resources and a library of online Christian PDF books – at http://ntslibrary.com/ Online Christian Library – Virtual Theological Resources
- Bible History Online Images and Resources for Biblical History - Bible History Online Images and Resources for Biblical History. … Bible History Online Article about the movie “The … Website: http://www.bible-history.com …
- Complete Bible Genealogy – Jesus family tree – Kings of Judah and Israel - Complete Bible Genealogy and family tree of Jesus. Kings of Judah and Israel. All the names in the Bible, every people of the Bible. Authorized King James Version, … http://www.complete-bible-genealogy.com/
- Codex Sinaiticus Project - Online version of the Codex Sinaiticus, the 4th century Christian Bible that includes the oldest complete copy of the New Testament. http://www.codexsinaiticus.org/
- The Development of the Canon of the New Testament – Home - http://www.ntcanon.org/
- Interactive Bible Home Page www.bible.ca Offers online studies, Q and A, and more. http://www.bible.ca/
- BibleMap.org A free Bible Atlas created with Google Maps. … blog | events | report an error | about | donate. BibleMap.org. color key: city , inside a city , region , people … http://www.biblemap.org/
- Biblical Art on the WWW About Biblical Art on the WWW | Navigation and Searching | Contact. Biblical Subject. Biblical Text. Artist. Word … http://www.biblical-art.com/index.htm
- Biblica | International Bible Society and Send The Light | IBS-STL Global http://www.biblica.com/
- Main Page – Gutenberg Library of electronically stored books, mostly classics, that can be downloaded for free and viewed off-line. http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page Free eBooks – Project Gutenberg Library of electronically stored books, mostly classics, that can be downloaded for free and viewed off-line. http://www.gutenberg.org/
- Desiring God :: God-centered resources from the ministry of John Piper
Teaching ministry of John Piper, spreading the message that God is most glorified in people when they are most satisfied in Him. http://www.desiringgod.org/
- The Gospel Coalition - For a (very) long list of books, complete with thorough book reviews visit the Gospel Coalition’s website here - http://thegospelcoalition.org/resources/category/books/a
- SermonAudio.com – faith cometh by hearing Large inventory of audio sermons, 24-hour web radio stations, member photo galleries, and more. http://www.sermonaudio.com/
- Monergism.com :: Classic Articles and Resources of the Historic … at www.monergism.com/ Classic articles and resources of the historic Christian faith. A navigation tool for finding theological resources on the web. Free online books, including a Puritan library.
- R C Sproul’s starter list for reading the Bible
- Bible Research by Michael Marlowe - Comprehensive and detailed information on the history of the canon, texts, and versions of the Bible http://www.bible-researcher.com/
- Home Page – Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) – To reach and challenge those that shape the ideas of culture with the credibility of the gospel of Jesus Christ. http://www.rzim.org/
- Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry - Helping to equip saints and refute error. http://www.carm.org/
- Apologetics Index : Apologetics and Cult Information - Resources on religious cults, sects, movements, anticult and countercult … The Apologetics Index (apologeticsindex.org) ‘family of web sites’ provides 39,925 … http://www.apologeticsindex.org/
- Phil Johnson’s Bookmarks http://www.spurgeon.org/~phil/bookmark.htm @ http://www.spurgeon.org/ and this is his page with a full list of links - http://www.spurgeon.org/~phil/bookmark/fulllist.htm
- Fire and Ice: Puritan and Reformed Writings - Intended to make available to a wider audience the writings of the Puritans, Scottish Divines and other Reformed authors. http://www.puritansermons.com/
- The PuritanBoard - http://www.puritanboard.com/
- Bartleby.com: Great Books Online — Encyclopedia, Dictionary, Thesaurus and hundreds more Publishes the classics of literature, nonfiction, and reference books free of charge for the home, classroom, and desktop.
- Bibliomania: Free Online Literature and Study Guides - Two thousand texts of classic literature, drama, and poetry together with … any literary question answered please email us at email@example.com … http://www.bibliomania.com/0/0/frameset.html @ http://www.bibliomania.com/
- The Oxford Text Archive No information available http://ota.ahds.ac.uk/
- The Online Books Page Index of hundreds of online books. Points to some common repositories of online books and other documents. http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/
- World Public Library Association World Public Library Association, Classic Literature Online, World’s Largest eBook Collection, ebooks, free books, books, book, ebook, pdf ebooks, adobe, classics http://www.netlibrary.net/
- Open Library (Open Library) - Read online books chosen by librarians at the Open Library, a digital library of scanned works complete with their original cover art and illustrations. Read, … http://demo.openlibrary.org/
- Internet Archive: Text Archive - Download free books and texts. The Internet Archive Text Archive contains a wide range of fiction, popular books, children’s books, historical texts and academic … http://www.archive.org/details/texts
- Rare Book Room Search … This site contains all of the books (about 400) that have … interested in high resolution images, then please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org … http://www.rarebookroom.org/
- Literature.org – The Online Literature Library A personal project that includes Voltaire, Dickens, Milton, Lewis Carroll and more. … Search Literature.org. An Online Library of Literature. Read. Learn. … http://www.literature.org/
- The Internet Classics Archive: 441 searchable works of classical literature Home page, part of the Internet Classics Archive … to the Webmaster at email@example.com. … Direct permission requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. … http://classics.mit.edu/
- THE BRITISH LIBRARY – The world’s knowledge This is the home page of the British Library website. … We hold 14 million books, 920,000 journal and newspaper titles, 58 million … http://blpc.bl.uk/
Spend time with God -
- Praying – see PRAYER Resources here - includes links to 3 free books on How to pray for your wife, husband and children by E.M. Bounds and Samuel Chadwicks’s online book – The path to prayer.
- Singing - Hymnary.org: a comprehensive index of hymns and hymnals | Hymnary.org Hymnary.org: A comprehensive index of over 1 million hymn texts, hymn tunes, and hymnals, with information on authors and composers, lyrics and scores of many hymns, … http://www.hymnary.org/
- Studying the Bible – using:
- www.bible.org - Worlds Largest Christian Bible Study site. All available as a free download .Free NET Bible and Thousands of Bible Studies | Bible.org - Worlds …
- www.biblegateway.com – Free searchable Bible with bible study aids. BibleGateway.com: A searchable online Bible in over 100 versions …
- http://www.biblos.com - Biblos.com: Search, Read, Study the Bible in Many Languages We are pleased to announce our online library, coordinated with all Biblos resources. We have included a wide range of sources, from the Early Church Fathers …
- www.blueletterbible.org/index.cfm - Blue Letter Bible -With links to lexicons, concordances, conservative Christian commentaries, and searchable Bible dictionaries.
- Celebrate International Children’s Day with Inspirational Bible Verses For Children (rodiagnusdei.wordpress.com)