Encouragement

Becoming a Facebook Friend

In reading about the world’s first explorers with my children, it was commonly believed that seamen venturing into the great unknown would fall off the edge of the world into oblivion. For parents concerned about the possible negative influence of the online social networking “world”, there’s hope and help as you navigate this new sphere. While concerns are valid, there is also great potential to reinforce spiritual lessons we’ve taught our children while they participate in online social networking such as Facebook.

What Do You Love to Do?

About five years ago, I got really tired of talking about potty training and math curriculum.

Obviously a group of homeschool moms will discuss children and school; it’s what we’ve all got in common. But after a decade of the same topics, I realized that these conversations rarely went beyond the surface. There was a lot of talking, but not a whole lot of actual connection.

Joy is Like a Whale

Recently, my husband and I were able to get away for a few days to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. My favorite part of our trip was watching the humpback whales. They have their babies in the waters off Cabo and then migrate back to Alaska for the summer months. We saw many whales, from the balcony of our room, and on a couple of boat trips we took. They would flip their flippers and their tails often; on more than a few occasions they would jump clear out of the water.

Tending a Budding Reader

I’m a book person. I love to read lots of different kinds of books for my own pleasure and learning and I also love to read children’s literature out loud to the kids.

It always thrills my heart when I see my older two kids pick up books and read of their own volition.

Getting from More to Merrier

One of the greatest and oft-touted benefits to homeschooling is the flexibility it provides. In fact, I myself praised the freedom to set our own pace in a previous post. It’s undeniably a great advantage of the homeschool lifestyle, and also one of the more obvious ones. However, during my parenting career, I’ve learned of quite a few more subtle benefits to homeschooling.

Planting Seeds

As I write this, the weather is finally starting to get consistently warm in our neck of the woods. So this week, it was time to get started on our little family garden.

My husband grew up in farm country. Each year, he would spend many an hour helping to tend the family's large garden. With twelve mouths to feed, this garden played an important role in providing for the family's needs. My childhood gardening experience, on the other hand, was a bit more limited...

I Would Take a Bullet for You, My Child

If you are a mom, you know exactly what I mean. Your child in danger, sick, hurt, bullied, afraid, or just plain sad, brings out a fearsome desire in you to rescue, protect, heal, alleviate and encourage, doesn’t it?

I don’t watch many YouTube videos, but I happened to see this one today and it touched me deeply. This woman’s story is a powerful demonstration of a mother’s fierce determination to protect her children...

The Study Sheet of Doom

The intrepid adventurers scurried through dank corridors, snatching up artifacts and pocketing treasure. They stumbled into a pit, navigated a runaway mine cart, and swung over stagnant water on decaying ropes. At long last, they possessed not only the Diamond of Ancients, but both of them scored 91% on their three-page history test...

CLOSED | GIVEAWAY - Celebrating Homeschool Teacher Appreciation Day

If you haven't already heard, today is Homeschool Teacher Appreciation Day (HTAD)! We've been sharing encouraging content all throughout the week on social media just for you, homeschool teachers!

And to let you know we value you, homeschooling teachers, we're hosting a giveaway right here on the blog.

Slowing Down for the Important Things

What’s more important: checking off “get BSF homework done” or having a meaningful conversation with my daughter about Christ being her personal savior and providing atonement for her sins?

Relationships are more important than tasks. My daughter’s relationship with God is most important of all. All the details, and the daily busyness, can keep us from the big picture, and the most important things, sometimes.

Be Encouraged, Homeschool Teachers! | Homeschool Teacher Appreciation Week

Before I dragged myself out of bed and put on my jeans and shirt, I knew I needed to put something else on even more important. I needed to clothe myself with truth. When parenting or homeschooling are overwhelming, my biggest battle usually isn’t logistical in nature; it’s fighting the unbelief and the lies the Enemy loves to throw at me...

What Homeschool Teachers Really Want on April 23!

First of all, you're probably wondering what is so important about April 23, huh? Well, April 23 just so happens to be Homeschool Teacher Appreciation Day. And we here at HSLDA want to help you, homeschool teachers, celebrate that special day! This entire week we’ll be sharing encouraging content on our blog, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter that’s geared towards the hardworking homeschool moms and dads around the world!

When High School is Just Around the Corner

For parents who realize that middle school will soon be drawing to a close, HSLDA has some great resources to help you prepare for the challenge of homeschooling through high school, understand the personal and academic records you should keep, and begin the process of developing a 4 year plan for your teen.

Hurry, Hurry

Things go wrong at the most inopportune time. Why is it that, when days are extra busy, it’s on those days that everything bad happens? Those are the days when the kids move extra slowly or they put up a fight or somebody spills a whole gallon of milk on the floor, causing it to splatter up the cupboards and appliances. (True story, unfortunately.) 

Keeping the Big Picture| Five ways to balance academics with God’s gifting in your children

What priorities do you have for your children? Besides academics, what do you want them to learn that will serve them their whole life long? Since God has given each of my children gifts in certain areas, I want to be sensitive to His leading us to opportunities that help them develop those gifts. I also want my children to have a vision for using those gifts for God’s kingdom.  

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