Unlocking Your Tools: BJU Press Resources

Do you ever feel like you’re not using a tool to its full capacity? Maybe you have an electronic device—like a smart phone, food processor, or cordless drill—and you know there’s so much you can do with it . . . if you only knew how.

I experienced a similar feeling with a new tool recently. A few weeks ago, I was excited to use my new cordless drill that I had received for Christmas. I charged it up and set to work screwing in some slats on a bunk bed for my son. To my dismay, the screws would go into the wood about halfway down, and then the drill would start making a clicking noise and refuse to screw them in any farther. After a few tries, I gave up and figured that I would just have to return my drill and look for another one to replace it.

The next day at church I asked a carpenter friend of mine if he could think of what might be wrong with my drill. After a few questions, he said, “You know about the clutch, right?” Slightly embarrassed at my lack of expertise, I asked him what that did. “It controls how much force is applied to turning the drill bit.” My drill suddenly became much more useful once I knew about the additional settings to help me do my work more effectively.

Just like my carpenter friend helped me with my cordless drill, I’d like to unlock some tools for you that can enhance your use of BJU Press products. These features are available on the BJU Press website. Maybe you already use them, but if not, please read on to learn more about where to find these resources and how you can best use them.

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Where can I find textbook resources?

  1. Go to bjupress.com/resources.

or

  1. Go to bjupress.com.
  2. Select More at the top of the page.
  3. Select Textbook Resources under the Resources section.

Once you’re on the Textbook Resources page, you can view resources by selecting the grade or subject you teach and then selecting the textbook.

What resources are available?

Most textbook resource pages have links to the following items:

  • Information and Pricing
  • Lesson Plan Overview
  • General Teaching Resources
  • Weblinks
  • Corrections (if applicable)

You may find two of these links especially helpful. The Lesson Plan Overview allows you to efficiently plan your teaching schedule. This document can be downloaded for easy reference.

Another great treasure trove of resources are the Weblinks. (Not all textbook resources include weblinks.) Many of the textbooks have multiple links related to topics covered in the course. For example, the Explorations in Literature resource page has links to a biography of Anne Sullivan, detailed information about the Wright brothers’ first flight, and many other links that expand on the themes and characters from the literature selections. Also, many of the weblinks for the Science textbooks expand on scientific concepts (like weather) or discuss those concepts from a historical perspective. If you are looking for more materials for your students to read or research, or just want to find a way to connect something they are learning about to real life, the Weblinks pages are a great place to look.

What other BJU Press resources have you found helpful in your teaching?

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Andrew enjoys using technology to glorify God by helping others so that they can spend time doing what’s most important. He leads the interactive marketing team here at BJU Press and is always looking for new ways to improve user experience on our websites. He and his wife help out with the children’s ministries at their church. Along with their energetic two-year-old boy, they like to read together about others’ adventures and then go out and have their own. 

Family Devotions (Part 3)

In Part 1, we looked at why family worship is important. In Part 2, we introduced three elements you may want to include in your devotions—reading, praying, and singing.

Since we covered reading Scripture in Part 2, let’s look into the other two aspects of devotions today.

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Praying

Prayer time is an opportunity for our children to see the living relationship we have with God that is made possible through the work of Christ on the cross. As a family, we can praise Him for His attributes and works, repent of our sins, present our requests, and thank Him for all things. It is also a time when we can work out any family disputes, making sure we are right with one another as well as with the Lord (Hebrews 3:13). One dad in our church says he likes to pray at the beginning and the end of family time as a reminder of our dependence on God because only He can work in our children’s hearts.

Memory Work

Before prayer time, our family does some memory work with Scripture verses and Bible questions and answers. It is an interactive way to involve our children and help them hide God’s Word and theological truths in their hearts. Our family uses the three-booklet set Truth and Grace Memory Books by Thomas K. Ascol. Another option is the BJU Press Bible Truths series that includes memory work and Bible Truths for Christian Growth. If your children enjoy learning online or with a mobile device, you may want to check out the corresponding Bible memory apps for grades four through six or the New City Catechism, which includes engaging videos from well-known Christian leaders. With the various catechism options, you can check with your pastor about one that lines up with your church doctrine.

Singing

Ending family worship with singing joins our hearts and voices in praise of our great God and Savior (Colossians 3:16). It lifts our hearts and focuses our minds on biblical truths. Consider including a few Sunday school songs for the little ones as well as songs you sing during your church worship service.

Our two-year-old often asks to sing “Deep and Wide” and even though I can’t discern any clear Scriptural connection to that song (it may be referencing John 4:14), we sing it every now and then for his enjoyment. He also loves “I May Never March in the Infantry” and other action songs, so we try to include those along with great hymns of the faith.

I hope the ideas I’ve presented so far have helped you begin or even rethink your family’s devotion time. My next post will talk about overcoming any obstacles you may encounter during your family’s devotions.

Do you have an order that your family’s devotion time follows? How do you encourage your children to memorize Scripture and other biblical truths?

Homeschool Catalog Highlights for 2015

Both BJU Press 2015 Homeschool Catalogs.

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