Elementary

The Snow Day!

I always thought it was funny when people learned that we homeschooled, and asked, "What do you do when it snows? Do you take snow days?" And my response was always the same. "Of course we take snow days! To sit in that upstairs room doing school all day long when that gorgeous snow is falling, well, that's hard for two active boys. So, yes―we believe in fresh air, exerciseand snow days!"

Merry Christmas!

As schedules become increasingly busy, I think we need to give ourselves permission to say no to things that may make the family schedule too full. In other words, it's okay to look at the family calendar and decide when and how much the family can handle. During the elementary years especially, it's important for the kids to stay rested and well. And the same goes for us as moms and dads, too! When we pack the days with never ending commitments―something's sure to give...

The Homecoming

The twins are coming home! Okay, "the boys" are now 19-year-old college sophomores at Liberty U, and although they're definitely young men, they'll always be my boys. And they're heading home after finals!

There's something so special and wonderful about a homecoming, especially about welcoming home a college student, or in my case, students, after a long and challenging semester.

HSLDA on Pinterest

Well, we've done it. HSLDA has started a Pinterest account! Head on over to our Pinterest page and check out all the goodies we've collected for you! There's a board for everyone! Are you new to homeschooling? We've got you covered! Looking for some delicious, yet budget friendly recipes? We've got those recipes! How about some Christmas crafts or activities to do with your family? You'll find all that and more over on HSLDA's Pinterest page!

Music, Movement and Learning!

 

We love to sing and dance and move at our house. My kids are such tactile, kinesthetic (wiggly) learners! I continue to learn that rather than fight against this natural bent in their learning preferences to incorporate music and movement into my teaching times, be it acting out Bible stories or putting motions to poems, to singing directions during important routines and transition times. 

Have A Wonderful Thanksgiving

I love the fact that Dr. Ben Carson always speaks so highly of his mother's strength and influence in his life. I've heard him say that his mom often reminded her young boys that God gave them brains, so they needed to use them. That reminds me of...

...our eleven years of homeschooling, and how I often told my boys, "God gave you a voice, and He wants to hear it." So I related that to prayer, and how that  God wants all of us to praise Him, no matter what our age...

My Father's Wings

We swung the glass doors open, and stepped inside the bright entrance of the National Air and Space Museum / Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. As we walked down that main corridor, I remembered all the times we took field trips to this place, and thought about how much I missed the twins now that they were in college. How many times had we visited?  At least three, probably four.

Honoring Our Veterans

 

Especially today, it's important for us to acknowledge our appreciation for veterans. And as homeschoolers, we have the unique opportunity to cultivate that honor -- to hold our military in the highest esteem -- to teach our kids to truly appreciate those who've served in the military, and those who are currently serving, too... 

The Musicality of Language

"To read with a loud and full tone, to pronounce every syllable properly and distinctly, and to mind the pauses;---are the three most difficult points to be gained in making good readers." -The Original McGuffey's Eclectic Fourth Reader

In the Pronunciation Project, I talked about encouraging our kids to use their voices masterfully whether they're speaking or reading. Today, I'd like us to look at language ---and, once again, to marvel at the instrument we carry around with us every day...

We Are Go For Launch

I thought back to that trip to Cape Canaveral, FL in our early days of marriage to see a space shuttle flight.  We woke up way too early---something like 4 a.m.----to catch a bus to the launch site. Because Jay's dad (see the blog, A Tribute) handled the audio-visual aspects of the launch, he arranged for us to be on the press pad with the media, families, and associates of NASA. Seven seconds to go....

 

Go For It!

"...WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE..." --Luke 1:37

You're looking at the pros and cons. You've been considering homeschooling for a long time, and have always wanted to try it. Well, if you're still wondering whether or not this is the year to start homeschooling, I highly encourage you to put your doubts behind, and go for it! After all --- there are only two things that can happen....

Parents Night Out Facebook Party!

HSLDA is excited to invite you to our very first Facebook Party this Thursday October 10th at 9:00 PM EST. We’re partnering with APOLOGIA Educational Ministries. The theme is ‘Parents Night Out’, and guess what? We’ll be giving away prizes along the way, including the makings of an actual parents night out~ think Panera Bread and the movies! 

We’ll start the party on Apologia’s Facebook page at 9:00 PM EST, and then move over to the HSLDA Facebook page at 9:30. Faith Berens and myself will be there to chat with you. You can ask questions- especially those that pertain to homeschooling a child with special needs, share ideas, and just fellowship. Faith and I love to talk, so it should be a lot of fun! 

Our Hearts and God's Heart for Our Kids

I want to thank the Lord for little answers to big, ongoing prayers for my kids. Notice I said little answers and big prayers?

As moms, there are seasons when we cry out to the Lord, again and again for our children when they struggle, waiting for Him to answer our prayers. Sometimes the waiting is very long and the temptation to become discouraged is so very great. It is in that place of waiting and discouragement, moms that we need to keep going to our Father, more than ever. 

Two Events for Families who Homeschool Children with Special Needs

 

We want to take this opportunity to tell you about two opportunities designed to encourage and equip families who are homeschooling children with special needs.

 

 

Never Forget The Nightmare of 9/11

Where were you on  9/11/01? It's hard to believe that it's been 12 years since that indescribable day of violence...

The 12th anniversary of 9/11/01 - I remember seeing footage of the plane crashing into the Twin Towers. Seeing smoke billowing from the Pentagon, and hearing about the crash in Shanksville, PA---it was absolutely unbelievable. Today, I also think of the four people that were murdered last year in Benghazi...

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