Encouragement

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! 

The One Who Learns The Most Might Be You

When we first started homeschooling, one of the exciting aspects for me was anticipating all the wonderful things that the twins would learn. I thought about teaching them to read confidently, spell correctly and speak clearly. I imagined them being able to do lengthy math calculations in their heads without reaching for a single piece of paper, something I hoped to eventually do as well. 

How wrong I was -- not about the twins learning to read, write and calculate, but about who would learn the most. I was the one who would learn the most in that God was teaching me and growing me in different ways that I hadn't imagined.   

Starting a New School Year - How to Prepare for a Great One! Part Two

 

Dear homeschooling moms,

Last week I shared some foundational tips to help you plan for a great next school year. If you missed that post, click HERE to read this list. In addition to those, here are a few more thoughts on how we can prepare for a super year of homeschooling...

All For Prayer

This morning -- coffee mug in hand-- I got into the van to run a few errands, flipped through my classical stations before tuning in to Pastor John MacArthur's radio program Grace to You. He's doing a great series on prayer this week so I encourage you to check it out if you can. Today he made the point that "Prayer is primarily worship."  So very true!

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