Encouragement

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.

Treasure Trove of High School Help and Resources

As a parent teaching your teen at home, at times you may become overwhelmed by the many different aspects of high school you must stay on top of.  From academics, to testing, to keeping on track and knowing what comes next, you may need a systematic and organized approach to finding information.  Let me highlight the basics and provide you with a “one stop shop” to find key facts and resources during the high school years.

Don't Balk - Encouraging Moms to Move Forward Confidently as Homeschool Teachers

 

I never liked when the coach put one of the twins in as pitcher during those baseball games. I sat in the stands on the edge of my seat watching those husky batters step out, one by one, amidst cheers and chants, "Knock that ball outta here! Homerun!"

 

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.

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. 

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