Elementary

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...

10 Benefits of Homeschooling ~ From the Brain of a Former Public School Teacher

 

What you’re about to read is a very light-hearted perspective of homeschooling.  If you’ve never been a classroom teacher, this list may mean nothing to you- but these are the honest thoughts and thrilling revelations that occurred to me as I began planning for Kindergarten and our first ‘official’ year of homeschooling!

 

Your Transition Team

Instinctively, I poured that last bit of coffee into the sink before reality hit me. This was our first morning of homeschooling! I didn't need to rush through breakfast. I loved that! I didn't need to scramble to get the boys' uniforms ready or to pack lunches and snacks (which hardly got eaten anyway). I tell that little story in the blog, Healthy, Wholesome Homeschooling. No scurrying into the old white van with my usual, "Hurry or we'll be late!" message.

You're Going To Soar!

 

Wide-eyed and smiling, the four-year-old twins looked up at me. This was their first flight, and their own dad (my husband, Jay) was the pilot. The boys held my hand as they jumped up and down like Mexican jumping beans, hardly able to contain their excitement. Just then, I looked at that long, dark runway and wondered if everyone noticed that I was not my usual enthusiastic self....

 

Build Time Into Your Day For Fresh Air, Exercise & Sunshine

We fluffed up the pillows in the corner of our upstairs school room that September afternoon, and settled in to review the spelling list. Sun poured through those two windows warming the carpet and our three freckled faces. 

We opened the book and worked to pronounce those special sounds: scr as in scrape, squ as in squeak or squint. After about thirty minutes and some major fidgeting, I gave a big yaaawwwnn... and  silently considered that this third-grade language lesson was not going exactly according to plan --

Helping Your Children Realize Their Biggest Dreams

Today’s post is a bit unorthodox. You will hear about an incredible new audio drama by Phil Lollar, co-creator of Adventures in Odyssey, and what YOU can do to help make it a reality. (It’s called Iliad House and you’re about to get the inside scoop because I am a member of the team!) 

You will also find out the dirty little secret behind why I never became a veterinarian. But most importantly, you will hear the practical steps that my parents and mentors have taken to help me realize my dreams so that you can help YOUR children do the same. (Get ready to be impressed by how many things you are already doing to help make your kids’ dreams come true!) So today’s post is a little about me, but it is mostly about you.

To Our Kitchens, O Mothers

...I pictured myself back in my college days at the University of Maryland giving a speech to my fellow classmates. I envisioned telling them what I'm about to tell you. A few people, including the professor walked toward the podium. I knew that they wanted to usher me out of that lecture hall quicker than a flash...

I think that moms really set the tone at home, and that when it comes to nurturing their families --- no one is quite as good as a loving mother. And, specifically when it comes to nutrition, mothers are extremely influential. 

Including Children with Special Needs in Co-ops

We were all designed for relationship—not only relationship with our Heavenly Father, but also with one another—we need one another, so we can't go it alone. But did you know that people with disabilities are the largest population group missing from the body of Christ? Today I would urge families who are homeschooling children with special needs to consider participating in a local, homeschool co-op which can be a good place to find assistance and encouragement! I would also like to encourage families who are serving and participating in co-ops to be welcoming and inclusive of those with disabilities. The Lord Jesus was always reaching out to the blind, lame, deaf, and sick, showing love and compassion. And, we who are Christ's followers are called to do the same. 

Common Core - How Does it Affect You?

Common Core proponents offer upbeat descriptions of utopian educational goals along with detailed practical lists of what students should know and be able to do in grades K–12 in mathematics and English language arts. But those goals and standards are just two facets of the conglomeration of federal funding, preschool–workforce invasive student tracking, and one-size-fits-all computer-based learning that has become the Common Core.

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