Encouragement

Thoughts on Being a Mother

I know not everyone likes celebrating Mother's Day. Some of our own childhoods were punctuated by pain and brokenness. While my experience with my birth father was like this, I'm thankful to have a mom who loved me and laid down her life for me in so many ways.

If you are a homeschooling mother who looks to the Lord each day to fulfill her calling, you are making a difference for good in the life of your child! Don't look at your failures; look at God's faithfulness...

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...

High School Graduation: Ideas to Personalize the Big Day!

 

Graduating from high school is a milestone for your students. It marks the end of one chapter and the excitement of beginning a new chapter in their lives! Whether your teen is headed directly into employment, the military, college, or another endeavor, use their high school graduation as an occasion to bless them, make memories, and rejoice in the goodness of the Lord.

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!

The Test of Ten - Helping our young people choose wisely and live rightly

 

This list of questions, which I've called the Test of Ten, served to guide Chris in countless decisions he had to make; furthermore, it helped shaped who he was: a strong, faithful and incredibly useful man of God who brought glory to His Savior...

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...

Need a Guide for Teaching High School at Home?

Are you in the midst of teaching your teen at home?  Or is high school on the horizon in a couple of years for your middle schooler? Where do you find help when teaching high school?

Check out HSLDA’s 32 page booklet entitled A Guide for Homeschooling through High School!

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.

How to Have the Perfect Home School and Other Myths

Overwhelmed! That’s how I felt so often, so I can only say that grace from the Lord helped me set my face like flint to press on in my homeschooling, home-making, and caring for Chris with his debilitating MS. As each year passed Chris’s MS got worse, I felt like more and more was slipping through the cracks. I regularly had to give that feeling, “You’re a failure” over to God. I just couldn’t do it all; not anywhere near it...

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?

The DHS Tells Romeike Family “You Can Stay”

Good news! The Department of Homeland Security verbally informed the Home School Legal Defense Association that the Romeike family is being granted indefinite deferred action status. In other words, this means that the order of removal would not be acted on and that the Romeikes can stay.

What Does It Take To Homeschool? Part I

The house was unusually silent. She poured her morning coffee, and strode from the kitchen to the little school room upstairs, the carpet muffling the sound of her footsteps. She sat at her desk, took a sip of steaming coffee, and glanced around the room. A tall bookshelf in the corner, three desks, and some fluffy pillows on the floor. On the walls next her were NASA pictures, reminding her of those visits to Cape Canaveral.

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