Academics

Delight-directed writing

Writing does not just come naturally. A child verbalizing their thoughts and communicating them through writing are two completely different things. As homeschooling parents, it might frustrate us to no end. How do we encourage the intimidated writer?

Schools of Thought

Homeschool Comparisonitis?

Comparisonitis. We’ve all suffered from it one time or another. It is an easy trap to fall into. But what do you do when the comparison is your own ideal, and it doesn’t match up?

God and math

So often, it is easy to see all the other subjects so clearly in the Bible; there’s language, history, poetry, science, music and geography, just to name a few. But somehow, when it comes to math, and we scratch our heads and say, “Math is neutral, right?”

Why I started paying my kids an allowance

Every parent has gone through this issue. Do you pay your kids for doing chores and household work? We decided that teaching our children financial responsibility was very important. In order to accomplish that, they have to have a little bit of their own money.

Getting Organized

Helping your children set goals

Setting goals is a good way to chart a course for your days and even your years. It’s a good habit to get into and one that can be utilized throughout life!

Glimpses of Life

Homeschool Moms need support!

Sometimes homeschooling is the loneliest job on the planet. Long hours, no monetary rewards, no time off, and no sick days. Why would anyone sign up for such a position?

A simple Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day can be a very big and expensive event. Folks spend tons of money buying flowers, cards, chocolates, jewelry, expensive dinners out, and so much more… but Valentine’s Day means something else to us.

Is it Really an Interruption?

How do you deal with your little ones when they pull you away from a project, you know, for that all-important game of peek-a-boo, or to read the story “just one more time”? At this point, do you barely engage with your child, hoping that a brief acknowledgement will do the trick?

Home Life

Living deliberately

With 2018 here (yes I am a few days behind) there are a few things I have decided to be more purposeful about.  Let’s don’t go crazy and call them New Year’s Resolutions, but really, they are things I want to see growth or change in.

Moms – take care of yourself emotionally

You watch over the affairs of your household, you make sure everyone gets what they need to stay healthy and happy. When someone gets sick, you’re right there on the front lines. But who takes care of you?

College-Bound

Where has the time gone?

Where has the time gone? It seems like just yesterday I was taking nature walks, giving spelling tests, and teaching phonics lessons. Now I have entered a different season as I have three kids in college.

You can now move that tassel

Congratulations! How many of us have uttered that word this spring as we shook the hand of some well-deserving young person? High school graduation is ubiquitous. It happens all across the country; in small towns as well as in high schools as large as many small towns. For students, it’s a time to pause and bask in the attention before they turn their eyes toward the next phase of their life.

Instilling a love for the Word

We all have heard different statistics concerning the numbers of youth who turn from their childhood faith in college. Some say 70%. One resource is quoted at saying 86% and one goes as far to say 94%. This shouldn’t be the case, but it is.

Extracurricular

Teaching life skills – part 2

Teaching life skills can be whatever you think it should be. The skills I have listed here are just a few. Implementing life skills is easy to do every day. Just start with the basics and go from there.

Resources

Learning on the go

If you’ve never car schooled before, it’s definitely time to you tried this time and sanity saver. Instead of looking at time spent driving as lost time, think of it as a way to educate a captive audience!

Favorite Christmas Books

Reading is a huge part of our homeschool. There are lots of days that consist of only reading books. It is my favorite part of homeschooling. My children have a love for reading as well. Since I have a nice sized home library, we choose books from our own shelves before going to the library. We do try to visit our local library at least once a month for additional books we are interested in reading.

Gearing up for Christmas

Some people might think it’s a little too early to start thinking about Christmas but not for me. I like to shop early and get it done. I also like to get my cards written early so I can mail them out on December 1st.

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