Encouragement

When Disease, Disaster, or Death are Part of Your Homeschooling Journey

 

Living with a spouse with a chronic debilitating disease 

affected our homeschooling in ways I could never imagine. While I am thankful Chris lived 15 years after his diagnosis, through that long painful journey I often felt like the impending loss was more than I could bear...

 

I’m a firm believer that nothing we experience falls outside the realm of God’s all-knowing, merciful care

These Are The Best Years

 

There are a million little details to orchestrate each day when we manage our households and teach at home. Whether we review those multiplication tables with our third-grader for the hundredth time, stock the fridge for the thousandth time, or taxi kids to music lessons for the thirtieth time―life can be mundane, wonderful, and/or overwhelming at times―sometimes all in one day!

It's What's On The Inside That Counts

We stood in front of the Pratt and Whitney engine, the one used for the C-54―all 1,585 pounds of that clunky monstrosity―and talked about post WWII flight ―propellers, engines, and those incredible airplane wings. My dad looked once again at that engine, took a breath and paused. "You know― it's what's on the inside [of the airplane] that counts."

That is such a beautiful picture to me because...

Artistic Flair

This winter and coming spring, let's remember to add a little art to our repertoire as teachers. In Take Time For Art, we talked about setting aside a few moments for fun, creativity, and inspiration. I gave several (practically free) ideas of things to do in order to build kids' imaginations―whether it's drawing, painting, or simply working with color...

The whole thing about art is to make it a fun activity―something that's not stressful.

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!"

Online Walking/Fitness Support Group for Homeschool Moms!

 

As this will be my last post of 2013, I wanted to wish you all a very Happy New Year!  I pray the Lord blesses each one of you with new enthusiasm, vision, and joy as you homeschool your teens.  Because the beginning of a new year is always a great time to start something afresh, let me pass on an idea for those of you who may be looking to “shape up” in more ways than one in 2014!

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.

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...

Forget The Stereotypes

You might find this hard to believe, but I wasn't always for homeschooling. If someone would've told us that we would homeschool our kids one day, I probably would've laughed.  

Teach your kids at home? It sounded so foreign to me. I remember once in our early days of marriage, Jay mentioned that it would be great to homeschool one day. I dismissed the thought and chuckled to myself...

The Temperature of Your Home (and Heart!)

 

Have you ever given thought to the temperature of your home? Not the air temperature controlled by your thermostat, but the “temperature” generated by your heart attitude. Your teens grow best in temperatures set to the warmth of Christ’s love! Here are some tips as you set your heart and home to God-glorifying temperatures.

It Takes Courage To Homeschool

Homeschooling isn't a baby any more. Having gained major traction in all fifty states, it's becoming more and more popular. Gone are the days when the trend-setters and trail-blazers (that's what I call those early homeschoolers) of the 80's were the lone people teaching their kids at (of all places!) home. They forged the way for us. Well, although homeschooling has become widely accepted by society, it still takes courage to teach at home.

 

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....

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