Encouragement

Spring

I positioned myself between and behind each swing that sunny morning almost fourteen years ago.  That way, I could alternate pushing each four-year-old.  My mind wandered as I reflected on some of the things I wanted to accomplish that day... 

   The sound of those old swings at Baker Park lulled me into a thoughtful state.  Creeeeeeek... I gave a little push with my right hand.  Creeeeeeek... my left hand offered a gentle shove to the other twin's back.  I reviewed my grocery list and today's errands. 

Moms Encourage Moms

 

Let me introduce you to two precious moms:  Jessica (left) and Cheryl (right, one of the coordinators) of last weekend's 2:1 (based on Titus 2:1) blogging conference at the Dulles Hilton in Herdon, Virginia. I met so many creative, dedicated and hard-working moms who are devoted to homeschooling and who talk about it via blogging ....  

The Cherry Blossom Festival

Finally, we have cherry blossoms!  They're late, but they're here.  An unseasonably cold March left many of us in the D.C. area wondering when exactly we might see our beloved annual blooms.

You know, our children are a lot like those little blossoms -- they'll progress in their own natural time!  Remember when they learned to crawl, walk, and talk?  We were right there to encourage, clap, and spur them on, but we didn't force them before they were ready.

Just One Thing...

 

As a Registered Nurse, I am often asked, "Is there one specific thing I can do to improve my child's health?" As a former home educator, I was often asked, "Is there one specific thing I can do to enhance my child's learning?" The answer is the same for both questions and it all begins with the brain...

 

Teach Positive Social Skill This Spring, Part II

Yesterday we talked about the family table, and how it's a great place for kid's to learn social skills.  Where else can you find such an accepting, loving and warm place?  Also, I stated that one of the most powerful places on earth is the family table, so let's look at that...

The fact that the table is such an essential part of family life isn't  because it's the place that we highlight the day's lessons, or because our kids learn new culinary skills.  And it's not because we teach them to be good scholars or effective communicators, although those things are good.

Teach Positive Social Skills This Spring

Little ones recite their ABC's, elementary-aged children review the state's capitals, teenagers recall the best moments of the week...

I believe that one of the greatest places to teach our children is at the family table.  Positive interaction, conversation, the exchange of ideas -- it all happens here!

At The Table

 

It's not just about what's on the table that counts --- it's about who's around the table that's important...

Have you ever thought about the fact that every time your family gathers around the table you have a wonderful opportunity to teach? 

 

18+ Reasons Why I Homeschool

 

Having a list of reasons why I homeschool helps me remember the benefits and blessings at the time of our school year when I am usually feeling most like a failure...

 

 

Conversational Competence, Continued

As a follow-up to the first blog, Conversational Competence, I wanted to clarify what I meant by reminding our kids that "shyness isn't a virtue." Here's the heart behind the message...

Obviously, people have different personalities, and that's a wonderful thing. I want to gently encourage moms to be aware of opportunities to teach our kids how to be loving and polite, and how to train them to be good conversationalists as they grow up.

Nutrition Talk Tonight, March 21st @ 8:00 p.m.

Please join me tonight as we talk about the link between nutrition and health. At 8:00 p.m., I team up with Dr. Belinda Roettger...

      Have you ever thought about how you work to take care of everyone in your family and often forget to take care of yourself? 

      One of the reasons I look forward to tonight is because I need some definite help in nutrition!

The Pronunciation Project

"Say again, please,"  I bemoaned. "Either you're mumbling, or I have a major hearing problem!" 

    After much debate, we surmised that it could be a little of both. Nonetheless, all through our homeschooling years, I reminded the boys that it was crucial to pronounce words clearly and to articulate the consonants whether speaking or reading aloud. 

Building a Network of Support for Families Homeschooling Children with Special Needs

   Recently, we have had many inquiries about how to find support groups and local resources that are specific to special needs. One mother shared her heart’s cry stating, “I need more than an expert to give me suggestions, I need friends with which to meet regularly.” Are there others out there who have this same need? I’m sure there are.    

 

The Discovery Drawer

What do you do with the kid's tiny (but important, to them anyway) little things that they collect? I would love to hear your ideas! 

    All kinds of trinkets -- from little magnets to golf tees to "special' rocks -- what's a mother to do? Yo-yos, harmonicas, feathers...   

     Maybe it's just me, but I really struggled with this. How to stay organized and streamlined?  Hmm... 

February Blues

   I recently received a phone call from an HSLDA member who needed a bit of encouragement. She told me that a fellow homeschooling mom told her never to make a decision in February about whether to continue homeschooling or not! This mom went on to say the reason was that February was far enough along to have lost the excitement of a new year and new curricula, but not far enough along to see the end of the year (or the light at the end of the tunnel). What good advice!

Friends - Hard to Live without Them

 

Last weekend my husband and I had the opportunity to celebrate the marriage of a friend’s son with many of our friends from former days. Then when we returned home, we were invited to dinner with another set of friends. Afterwards, in awe I thanked the Lord for the people He brings into my life to enrich it beyond measure. He reminded me again that without the body of Christ we can fall into despair, even over minor things.

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