Monday, February 27, 2012

Temple Grandin Books, Videos and Conference Discounts

I am so excited!  My mother just gifted me with a copy of the Temple Grandin DVD, which I have been wanting to watch before I head off to the Boston Area conference that Temple will be speaking at later this month.  When Mom heard that I hadn't seen the video yet, she went out and got it, watched it herself and then passed it onto me saying I have to see it.  It's that good.  Tomorrow night, then, (God-willing and kids sleeping-in-time), my husband and I will enjoy along-awaited and rare date night, snuggled up together to be moved by Temple's story onscreen.

Likewise, as I recently shared, I was moved by other folks' stories in print when I read Different…Not Less, which is a fantastic collection of inspiring stories by and about successful adults who have been challenged by special needs.  

With Temple's work in mind, as I prepare for bed, giddy about tomorrow night's movie night, I just wanted to share that  Future Horizons has extended their pre-sales deal on Different…Not Less until March 20th.  So, if you want to get the book at a discounted price of $16.96 (instead of the $19.95), head on over to Future Horizons and enter the discount code HAPPY.

This code is also good for 15% off regular-priced merchandise from the Future Horizon store, plus free shipping in the continental U.S.  That includes videos, CD's and conferences, such as the upcoming one-day Boston Area one that I am eager to go to and the SUPER Conference in Denver, which I only wish I did not live so far from!

If you'll be in or around Denver on March 22-23, you may want to try to get to the Super Conference, which will feature respected speakers, Dr. Temple Grandin, Dr. Wendy Lawson, Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, OTR/L and Maria Wheeler!  To reserve your seat(s) at it at a 15% discount, register at Future Horizons no later than February 29th using the coupon code HAPPY.   (You can get accreditation and educational graduate credits for this conference, too!)

Now, I'm off to bed, so I can have a productive day of work and homeschooling tomorrow before indulging in a date night Temple Grandin  movie at home!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

As Lent Unfolds: A Handful of Resources for Observing Lent with Little Ones

Last week, I shared my decision to simply let Lent happen in our home, trusting that the Spirit would lead us through a meaningful Lenten journey.   Less than a week into this season of preparing for Easter, I can attest that the choice has been a good one thus far.

The children and I have been experiencing daily moments of prayer, understanding and purpose. Of course, to make room for these moments (as well as to make time to honor some Lenten promises that I have made), I have not had much time for blog reading or writing.  And, to be honest, I don't really have that time now either.  (It is nearing 1 a.m., and I really should be getting to sleep soon!)

Still, I wanted to share a handful of resources that have been helping to enrich our Lenten experience:
  • The Holy Heroes Lenten Adventure provides free video, music and activity pages delivered to our email inbox by a family-owned apostolate, which are becoming a circle time staple for us.  Luke and Nina have been enjoying these so much that they requested "Holy Heroes" on the second day before I even had time to suggest it.
  • The Catholic Kids Ash Wednesday Bulletin sure made services easier and more meaningful the other night, and I am sure today's bulletin will do similarly.
  • This 2-page printable Way of the Cross opened our at-home Stations of the Cross discussion the other day and was a big hit with the kids for coloring and questioning.
  • Likewise, the kids (especially Luke) have been enjoying coloring pages from St. Johns the Baptist's Religious Education Stations of the Cross Coloring Book and Devotional.  We will likely be using these for stations in our hallway next Friday.
  • A variety of books have  been bringing home the Easter Story for my children.  Some have disturbed Nina, since she doesn't like "the meanies" hurting Jesus.  Yet, they have all opened up opportunities for so meaningful (and in the end "happy") discussion and understanding.  They have also inspired a significant amount of dramatic play.

And, yes, I know the two pancake books have little to do with the Easter story, but I included them in the widget above because they are in our book basket still after being read and enjoyed in honor of "Pancake Tuesday" this past week.

Now, I would love to share photos and more detailed snippets of Lent so far at our home, but I truly must get to bed.  I just wanted to offer some of the actual resource links we have enjoyed thus far in case anyone else's children might benefit from them.

How have you and the young ones in your life living a Spirit-led Lent this year?  Any tips or tools to share?  Please feel free to share in a comment or by linking up below.


Sharing at Catholic Icing and Equipping Catholic Families, where you can find so many other wonderful ideas!


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