Encouragement

Running on Empty?...Resources for Spiritual Strength and Encouragement

I recently spoke with a dear, homeschooling mom, who is teaching a child she suspects may have dyslexia.  As I also have a child who struggles (with attention, focus, and math processing difficulties), we both acknowledged that many days can be draining and discouraging.  Doris shared how one day she was praying and crying out to the Lord, “Some days I just feel like I am running myself crazy.”  She sensed His wonderful Spirit leading “You can either run yourself crazy or run to Me”. Truly,“The Name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and they are saved.” 

Growing in Relational Wisdom

How well are you growing in relational wisdom? “What is that?” you might be asking. Before last week, I didn’t know what relational wisdom was either. As long as there is relational conflict, breakdown in communication, God’s call to grow in how we relate to one another in godly wisdom will be there for us as parents. The really good news is that He is there to give us grace and help in time of need in this area. Here are some helpful truths I gleaned from HSLDA’s national leaders’ conference last week in Orlando.

Homeschooling On The Difficult Days

Homeschooling would be easy if...

If I didn't have all this laundry to do, if I didn't have to prepare dinner, if I didn't have to juggle the family calendar, if my kids were older, if we didn't have these pesky appointments, and so on!  

Just when we get on a schedule and things start to run somewhat smoothly -- one (or several) of the children need to go to the doctor...

Teaching Vs. Assigning

You will need to remind yourself that even a robot can "bark out" assignments: "Work page 32 in math book. Do page 25 in your language workbook. Reading textbook: Read the story beginning on page 40 and answer the questions at the end of that story." In that sort of setup, you would simply function as a study hall monitor who would peek in occasionally to see if your child appeared to be on task. 

Teaching, however, is in stark contrast to that kind of arrangement. As one homeschool mom quipped, "Teaching is not just checking off pages and clocking in time."

Reading Aloud

   I'll never forget being in Mrs. Clark's third grade class. I was in one of the lowest reading groups ---the Sparrows. Who were they trying to kid? All the students knew that the best readers were the Blue Jays and Cardinals! It was embarrassing seeing the other kids try to keep from giggling as I mispronounced words and got tongue- tied.  I needed patience, time and encouragement -- something Mrs. Clark didn't provide -- but something we can give to our kids as homeschooling moms!

Lessons from The A-Team

Our children loved to watch re-runs of the 80’s TV series The A-Team. You may remember the band of misfits led by Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith. Even though the team was in hiding while waiting for amnesty from a false indictment, they went around helping people out of trouble. They always faced overwhelming odds with no way out, yet they always came through with a creative solution by putting their heads together and never giving up.

Persecuted Homeschoolers Catch A Glimpse of Hope in Global Gathering

The story of Juergen and Rosemary Dudek is one of continuous oppression---the powerful resources of a state against one family. Suffering loss after loss at the hands of trial courts because of their diligence in homeschooling eight children over eight years in the Federal Public of Germany (where homeschooling is essentially illegal), the Dudeks now await a ruling from the country’s supreme constitutional court.

Keep Praying, Keep Asking And Don't Give Up

 

 

We live in a society with "quick" everything. The grocery store magazines tout quick and easy recipes. Our local bank advertises their quick and convenient  banking. Whether it's fast food, fast Internet, or fast results, it's easy to get caught up in the pace of society and to forget that some things (like prayer) take time and persistence. Again, the hard part is  learning that results aren't always immediate.

     

Who's The New Teacher In Town?

 

We're the new teachers in town! Homeschooling mothers. Real mothers. Regular moms. Out to fulfill the calling to homeschool. Even if you're brand new to homeschooling, don't worry about what kind of teacher you'll be; you've been homeschooling since day one of being a mom! Teaching at home is simply a natural extension of motherhood.

Have Fun Homeschooling - 3 Tips For A Wonderful Year

Right now I'm sitting at my desk in the room upstairs that used to be our "homeschool room" --- a small guest room that we converted into a cozy school room. I remember during our early days of home teaching when the morning sun would pour in the windows, warming the carpet, making it comfortable to prop a few fluffy pillows on the floor for reading. I would read aloud; then I'd have Austin and Justin take turns reading aloud too. 

Bright Spots - One Small Girl With One Large Heart For Missions [Part 1]

  But what struck her most was the little children (1 out of 20) without shoes.

“One of the little girls just started bawling because she couldn’t play with (others) because the ground there cuts up their feet, so her sister actually came with her pair of shoes and they shared — and they’re hopping around on one foot.”

   That scene left a lasting effect on Eme, and as soon as she returned home from Mexico she produced a plan of action.

Studying the Scriptures

As a child, I loved reading and listening to Bible stories. This led to memorizing Scripture. I did not realize that children memorize the easiest when young until my own children came along. I took the opportunity to continue memorizing verses with my children as we studied the Bible. These are the verses the Lord often has brought back to my mind and heart over the years to encourage and speak to me.

  

Looking Forward To A Great Homeschooling Year

Are you making preparations for the upcoming school year? Finding books, gathering supplies and getting organized can be exciting! I also realize that it can be rather daunting at the same time!

     My encouragement to you today is to adopt the same approach to teaching academics as to teaching your kids anything else. For instance, let's look at bike riding. When you teach your children to ride a bike, you allow for individual differences in each child. Same goes with homeschooling.

Encouragement As You Take Off To A Brand New Year

I'm here to encourage you as you take off to a whole new homeschooling year! Part of the fun of any journey is anticipating what's ahead -- what you will see, where you will go and what you will experience. It's the same with homeschooling. Think of all the new things your family will learn, places you will discover and the knowledge that will be gained in the upcoming days!

As I grew up as a little girl in the Maryland suburbs, we spent many Saturdays flying with my dad, a seasoned pilot. The five of us kids always knew that we were in good hands with my dad in the left seat

Learning to Trust My Master Planner

Greetings, from the busy (and somewhat messy) Berens household.  My name is Faith Berens, one of the Special Needs Consultants and home school mom of Hailey (soon to be 10) and Hayden (2 ½).  Welcome to my world-- I hope you don’t mind the Duplo blocks and Cheerios that you may find on the kitchen floor, in addition to the various craft materials that my daughter has strewn all over the “dining room” (or shall I say multi-purpose room) table.  Life at home, schooling is full of surprises, but way better than I ever could have imagined or planned! 

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