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Daring, Shaming and Math

Sometimes I’m bowled over by an unexpected insight in a book, and that’s exactly what happened to me when I read Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown.

Then it hit me. I realized that there have been a few recent occasions where I have unwittingly resorted to shaming a certain daughter of mine. Thinking about it makes me feel like there’s a hatchet in my heart, because I definitely don’t ever want to do that.

A Journey Worth Starting | Introducing Amy Koons to the Blog!

 

Hi, I'm Amy Koons. It's great to join the HSLDA blogging community! I look forward to posting here and hopefully hearing back from many of you as we share in the rewarding, and definitely never dull, experience of homeschooling our children.

Chicken Pox and Lice...Extracurricular Activities For Home Schoolers!

Of the list of things we try to protect our children from when we homeschool—drugs, violence, alcoholism, gang wars, sexual promiscuity, I think chicken pox and lice should also be up at the top, too!

Unfortunately, our family has experienced both of these during our homeschooling journey. 

What being a Homeschooling Widow has Taught Me

In 2012 (two and a half years after my husband Chris passed away), I shared what being a homeschooling widow is like—that feeling of being alone when you need practical help around the home, missing that listening ear (which so often our husbands gave us, along with their prayers and encouragement), and desperately wanting at times the stabilizing presence of a father in the lives of your children (we KNOW we can’t be a mom AND a dad, no matter how hard we try!).

A Summer's Day: 7 Ideas For Fun

 

The heat waves rise up from the street, the sun blazes hotter than ever, and the kids look up at you after breakfast wondering what's in store for the day. Well, don't let the heat get you down! Revive your spirit of adventure and think of some fun activities that are free (or practically free) to enjoy while you take a break from school.

Celebrate Independence Day

 

What are your plans for July 4th? A back-yard cook-out or picnic? Fireworks? Well, whatever your family does this Independence Day, I encourage you to talk to your kids about what this holiday is really all about.   

 

Get Your Kids Outside and Enjoy God's Glory!

My children grew up on a patch of land bordering a 15-acre lake most of their lives. Being a homeschooling family of seven gave us countless opportunities to get outside and soak up God's creation...right in our own backyard.

You don’t have to wait for summer to get outdoors. Every season has God’s fingerprints written all over it, but summertime is a special season to enjoy His handiwork. 

The Pilot & The Passengers, Part 1

I grew up in the sprawling Maryland suburbs outside of Washington, D.C., and as a pilot's daughter, we spent many Saturdays flying. I still think that my dad wanted to give my mom a much needed break on Saturday mornings, and that's why he faithfully loaded all five of us kids into the endlessly long Dodge station wagon for an entire morning of flying and hanging out at the airport...

Congratulations As You Wrap Up Another Year

 

 

To all of you who are finished (or almost finished) homeschooling for the year − congratulations! Way to go for homeschooling your kids! Way to go for teaching, managing, coordinating, and nurturing! You've made it through May. 

 

Thoughts on Being a Mother

I know not everyone likes celebrating Mother's Day. Some of our own childhoods were punctuated by pain and brokenness. While my experience with my birth father was like this, I'm thankful to have a mom who loved me and laid down her life for me in so many ways.

If you are a homeschooling mother who looks to the Lord each day to fulfill her calling, you are making a difference for good in the life of your child! Don't look at your failures; look at God's faithfulness...

Today Is The National Day of Prayer

Have you ever considered that prayer is one of the most beautiful blessings of homeschooling? I can't think of anything more precious than hearing our own children talk to God in prayer―to have the opportunity to pray throughout the day about all the issues of life, however big or small―well, that is a wonderful thing...

Happy Easter! Happy Spring!

 

Don't you just love spring time? The colors, fragrances, and beautiful blossoms? With new life awakening all around us, it's the perfect time to celebrate Christ's resurrection, and to impart key spiritual truths to our kids as we go through the breezy days of spring...

The Test of Ten - Helping our young people choose wisely and live rightly

 

This list of questions, which I've called the Test of Ten, served to guide Chris in countless decisions he had to make; furthermore, it helped shaped who he was: a strong, faithful and incredibly useful man of God who brought glory to His Savior...

Start Lunch, Finish Lunch

At lunch time, we assembled sandwiches or leftovers from the night before, took our time to eat, and lingered at the table to talk. When I look back, I see that homeschooling provided a great opportunity to make good nutrition a top priority. Plus, it provided the added benefit of making healthy, effective communication a top priority, too...something that's often overlooked in our quest for fast everything...

In The Moment

Have you ever been in a conversation with someone, engaged in small talk, discussed one or two different topics, and shared a few ideas only to notice that they constantly look down at their phone, tablet, or gadget? As those fingers fidget, they fully disengage as they launch into a (better?) brand new conversation, leaving you standing there like a second fiddle... 

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