Author: Belinda Letchford

Housework and Homeschooling

Q. How do you fit in housework/home management and homeschool life? This is a big subject and much has been written, whole blogs even, on how to manage our home and homeschool our kids. When we look at our housework from a family discipleship perspective the question actually changes. It isn’t about balancing housework/home management with homeschooling – it is about managing your home. As a wife, mother and homemaker I have goals to create a home for my family and to train my children. They are not mutually exclusive; in fact they work together beautifully. Read the Full...

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Dealing with Distractions

Q. Do you have any seasoned advice for minimising distractions from younger siblings? Q. How do you teach with toddlers or babies that are demanding time? What works? Q. How can you keep an older child on ‘task’ when you are doing the ‘interesting’ stuff with a younger one? A. Routine always helps when there are multiple ages in the home. I used to plan my older children’s activities around the needs of the baby. We would do interactive, busy, out of the house type activities during baby’s wake time, and focus or quiet activities during baby’s sleep time....

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Having Fun

Q. How do you prioritise just having fun in your homeschool day? E.g. do you just fit it in at the end of school work or weekends? Is it a minor or major priority? A. One of the things that I’ve tried hard not to do is become my children’s teacher, with my husband the principal. We are their parents, who have the God given responsibility to teach and train our children and that is what we set out to do all day, every day. Though we set aside time specific for learning this is a time management thing...

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A Time for De-Schooling

There are times in our family life that we need to take a step back and de-school either ourselves or our kids. When our thinking and practices are so in line with ‘school’ we often need a complete break, just to be family, to get our thinking turned towards discipleship. This process is often called de-schooling. Many years ago when I was going through a realignment process (read about this in Blending Life with Lessons) I asked my family “If we weren’t homescooling, but still not going to school, how would we spend our days? What would we do?”...

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Simplifying Lessons

Why do we complicate things? I have recently gone back to the simple lesson plans that have worked for me in the past. (No idea why I left them!!) I read They narrate (Tell back what they’ve heard / learnt) We talk – discuss what they’re interested in and then possibly I talk about what was important to me They record – generally this means they write a notebook page though it could be something more creative or more of a long term project. It may also include further research and discussion if the student digs deeper. This works...

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