Making preparations today for our family's celebration of Christ's birth!
Cleaning, decorating, dancing, preparing food, feeling extremely grateful for life and breath, singing along with some good oldies from Hosanna, and enjoying this wonderful reminder of God's love!
('Your Love' by Marty Nystrom and Don Moen, from the album Come to the Table)
God's love was why He sent His Son, Jesus, into this world, and we who have believed on Jesus for salvation will never perish, but will have everlasting LIFE! That can be you, too, this Christmas! (see John 3:16)
Learn the skill of finding the main and most important points in a written material (book, article, paper, blog post, etc.). Be able to cut through large amounts of words to find the most pertinent info and produce a helpful and concise condensation of it.
RSSG = Read, Skim, Scan, and Glean
1. Read the material all the way through once.
2. Go back and Skim the material quickly.
When skimming you do not read every word. You merely want a quick review and overview of the material. Read the topic sentence of the chapter and then place your finger in the middle of the paragraph (starting at the top of the page). Drag your finger down, keeping it in the middle, and take quick note of what is on either side of the finger.
3. As you skim, Scan to find the most important words, themes, and points.
Scanning is looking for specific important information using cues the author has chosen to emphasize. Take special note of the chapter and section titles, any subtitles used, topic sentences, and things written in bold, italics, or underlining. Pay attention to last sentences in paragraphs and phrases like 'in conclusion,' and 'to summarize.'
4. Glean the most important points.
Gleaning is writing down the information you have found, in free flowing notes. Use bullet points or an outline format or any other method that will help you collect your notes.
After you have used the RSSG, organize your notes. Write a succinct synopsis of the material as if giving the information to someone who has not read it.
a. The theme was...
b. The key points were...
c. The bottom line or conclusion was...
Note: there are usually an abundance of words used in writings that give many details and talk profusely about the subject of the material. These are good to read for a well rounded and more thorough understanding of the subject. But many words can also hinder gaining a concise grasp of the subject. The RSSG Method can be helpful to overcome this problem.
Note: the RSSG Method is excellent to use when studying for a test.
It is a beautiful late October day and our move is complete now and we are thanking and praising God for His grace and mercies to us!
We are so grateful for every kindness He's given us during these past months and this weekend's move, kindnesses that have come through our children and our grandchildren - dear loved ones who made this move so do-able and so JOY FILLED!
When we started homeschooling our children we soon came to believe our family's spiritual growth and equipping with biblical knowledge and skills (geared toward knowing God and His plan for us) were the most important things we should concentrate on. To help make this belief a reality, we generated some helpful tools.
This was a 'challenge to produce' the actual spiritual knowledge and skills. It was along the lines of senior finals in school to see if the things learned had come to be owned - just 'knowing' information or knowing about something is not the same as actually being able to do them and live them out.
These are various creative ways to format the things learned to make them more memorable and retrievable. The Refreshings pages and Rehearsings lists from this group turned out to be extremely helpful to us.
Note : the subject matter for each of the above tools was essentially the same with some variances and improvements through the years.