Encouragement

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!

Starting a New School Year – How to Prepare for a Great One!

Dear homeschooling moms,

   My favorite time of year for me as a homeschooling mom is right before we start up a new school year. I’m excited about spending time learning with my children and teaching them new things. I enjoy picking out new literature we’re going to read together and finding interesting field trips we can take in conjunction with our topics of study. I love the thought of my kids being engaged in their education—wanting to learn, working hard, and being committed to their own discovery. They love reading and this adds to my love of homeschooling.

Improvement, Progress and Pressing On

Have you seen some of the Olympic Games? I think it's been thrilling to see Michael Phelps compete in the  swimming races and to watch the incredible skill in both women's and men's gymnastics.

The Olympics often stir our competitive spirit and rouse our enthusiasm up for sports and athletic excellence. That's a good thing of course, but sometimes in real life we can misinterpret that perfection in and of itself is the goal. That can be a slippery slope and counter-productive for kids where homeschool is concerned. Sure, many of the ideals that the Olympics stand for are noble and worthy, but it's naive to fall into thinking it's solely about perfection.

Little Ones In The House? Two Things Not to Forget ~

My encouragement today is for all of you who have young children in your home, and it's this:

- Tell 'em stories

- Tuck 'em in at night

If you're not great at storytelling, simply read stories. The kids will never forget snuggling at bedtime and hearing mom or dad read to them.

Opening Ceremonies tonight! Encouraging Our Kids To Aim High

I can't wait for the Olympics to start! Tonight's the night for opening ceremonies ---

I'm thinking about some of  the Olympic ideals -- the tenacity,perseverance and dedication of all the athletes --

I wonder what all the moms are thinking..... after all, they're the ones that have driven the kids to practices, meets, work-outs. Maybe they're wondering if it will be worth it all.

Is Your Teen Spiritually a Long Way from Home?

Your son or daughter may live, eat, and sleep in your house, but is he/she a long way from home spiritually? Nothing can be as discouraging for parents as seeing their teens turn away from the Lord in spite of their good efforts to raise them in the nurture of the Lord.

   What’s a parent to do? As someone who empathizes with your heartache, I suggest that you soak in His word.  You’ll find that the Lord will supply you with cool water for your journey. 

You're A Natural Teacher, So Teach With Your Own Style!

 

Whether you're brand new to homeschooling, or a seasoned veteran with 20 years of experience under your belt, why is it that in mothering & in teaching, we have the tendency to think that we somehow need to be like someone else or do things like someone else?  Maybe it's just me -- but I think it's easy to fall into the trap.

Time For Quiet Reflection

Today's our last day at the ocean ~

It's been a lovely time to slow down, simply being together and enjoying all that the beach has offered....an awakening of all five senses. I'm thankful for a restful and wonderful seven days.

Although this has been an incredible location and an absolutely beautiful week, free from the hustle and bustle of the D.C. area,  I'm realizing that a place can't really give me the peace that I long for ---it's God alone who gives me true rest and peace.

Messy Moms Welcome Here...

 

I started reading a really good book several months ago, which touches on the theme of prayer—how we consider prayer, how we approach God in prayer, how we live a transformed life of prayer. It's called A Praying Life, by Paul Miller. Here are a few thoughts from the book, inviting us to be real with our Heavenly Father...

Snapshot: A Homeschooling Day in 2005

 

 

Ever wonder what a day in our homeschooling journey looked like? I decided to take a mental stroll down memory lane, and here's what I came up with...

 

 

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