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Today Is The National Day of Prayer

Have you ever considered that prayer is one of the most beautiful blessings of homeschooling? I can't think of anything more precious than hearing our own children talk to God in prayer―to have the opportunity to pray throughout the day about all the issues of life, however big or small―well, that is a wonderful thing...

Take A Field Trip This Spring

When I was in elementary school, I dreaded field trips. The lines. The buddy-system. The crowded, rowdy bus ride. I preferred to go into the city with my family. For one thing, my dad knew just the right place to park, just the sights to see, and exactly what to highlight and what to skip. Plus, we took our time to linger in front of that perfectly preserved elephant at the Natural History museum's entrance, instead of immediately being whisked around the entire museum, worksheets in hand!

Happy Easter! Happy Spring!

 

Don't you just love spring time? The colors, fragrances, and beautiful blossoms? With new life awakening all around us, it's the perfect time to celebrate Christ's resurrection, and to impart key spiritual truths to our kids as we go through the breezy days of spring...

The Pep Talk - Keeping Your Eyes on Your Own Homeschool

It felt like I was on that four-foot-high, four-inch-wide balance beam for days, when really it was only about fifty minutes..."I'll never be ready for this (gymnastics) meet," I mumbled to myself with the trepidation of a wobbly sixteen-year-old high school gymnast.

You may be wondering how this relates to homeschooling. Well, as moms and teachers, it's easy to focus on what other homeschoolers are doing—to compare ourselves with others. And that can be a discouraging thing!

Start Lunch, Finish Lunch

At lunch time, we assembled sandwiches or leftovers from the night before, took our time to eat, and lingered at the table to talk. When I look back, I see that homeschooling provided a great opportunity to make good nutrition a top priority. Plus, it provided the added benefit of making healthy, effective communication a top priority, too...something that's often overlooked in our quest for fast everything...

What Does It Take To Homeschool? Part II

If you and I sat next to each other to enjoy a cup of coffee together, and you were to ask me what it takes to homeschool, I'd say, "Perseverance." In What Does It Take, Pt. 1, we talked about the commitment that it takes on the part of the parents. Yes, homeschooling is a huge commitment.

To teach day in, day out, week in, week out takes tenacity and an attitude that says, "I'm going to stick to this!" And that's hard—especially when we don't always see immediate results or fruit. 

In The Moment

Have you ever been in a conversation with someone, engaged in small talk, discussed one or two different topics, and shared a few ideas only to notice that they constantly look down at their phone, tablet, or gadget? As those fingers fidget, they fully disengage as they launch into a (better?) brand new conversation, leaving you standing there like a second fiddle... 

Dialogue, Love Letters and A Table For Two

 

As I grabbed a cup of coffee the other day at our coffee house here in town, I glanced over at the couple sitting at a little table next to the counter. They sat opposite of each other, eye to eye, engaged in conversation. The guy leaned in to listen. She smiled and took a long sip of coffee... That made me think about how important it is for couples, families, and friends to talk—really talk and connect.

Kids Need Praise

Monday morning, fall 2002. After breakfast, the twins began their chores. I wrote a list of about three things for each boy on little yellow post-it notes a with a black marker—things like: Take out the trash; Fold laundry; Windex the sliding back door...

In the pre- school years, we had a chore chart on the fridge, but once the boys were in the elementary grades, I switched to post-it notes.

Victory!

The homeschooling community and proponents of school choice all over the world are still rejoicing over the wonderful news that the Romeike family is allowed to stay in the United States. After seeking asylum because of Germany's persecution of homeschoolers, all of us watched and hoped and prayed that they wouldn't be sent back ...

When the Supreme Court declined the Romeike case, I couldn't help but think of how I'd feel if this was our family. What if we were going through this?

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