Encouragement

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.

A Word of Encouragement

 

Yesterday I spoke to a national gathering of state legislators about the Convention of the States. We gained a great number of new legislative sponsors which is a real encouragement. But, I wanted to share will all of you another form of encouragement that I experienced at that meeting...

 

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!

Clicks for Homeschooling

You can support homeschoolers in need while you shop online—at no extra cost to you! When you buy an item from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BestBuy, Christian Book Distributors, Family Christian, Groupon, Kohl’s, Target, or 200 other popular sites, you have the opporunity to enter that site through HSLDA’s Clicks for Homeschooling portal! And when you buy an item(s), the Home School Foundation will receive a percentage of the proceeds from your purchase! 

Romeikes Thankful for a Chance at Justice

A German homeschool family seeking asylum in America has reason to be thankful this week—for there’s hope the U.S. Supreme Court may hear their case.

It’s more than a little poignant that the Romeike family should receive heartening news about the same time we celebrate Thanksgiving. Our national holiday, after all, commemorates the survival of the first religious refugees to settle in what would become the United States.

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.

 

My Children Are Walking In the Truth

 

On Sunday, nine of our ten children were at our house for lunch. The tenth was on her way back from running the Marine Corps Marathon (where she was in the top 3% of all women runners). Our house was bubbling with kids and grandkids and a lot of happy noise—and yes, some occasional crying since we have three grandsons all about one month old.

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...

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