Category Archives: homeschooling

Be a Better Mom Monday |40 Days of Prayer | Day 29: Their Education

My children’s education is important to me, not because I want them to grow up and have great jobs, but because I know the value of knowledge and wisdom in making life choices. Because we have chosen to home school, occasionally I let myself get overwhelmed with the idea the weight of their success as human beings is on my shoulders. We are not only parenting but educating them which is not widely acceptable in our culture today. What a huge responsibility!!! I will never be able to accuse the public school system of ruining my child.  😉 Seriously though,…

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40 Days of Prayer | Day 23: Home Schooling Moms

  If you home school, you need prayer!!  Venturing into the world of homeschooling can be terrifying.  Everyday I’m certain the enemy of my soul fights against productivity and learning in our home.  Perhaps if he gets me too frustrated he thinks I will relinquish my children to the public education system and he will have a better chance at winning their souls.  18 years is such a small portion of your life.  Investing in the training and knowledge of your children will never be something you regret.  Most look back on their lives and say something like, I wish…

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An Octopus Hotdog| Homeschooling Units: The Letter O

Sometimes, well often, if I’m truthful I’m baffled at what my life has become. The Lord has transformed me from a woman who couldn’t stand kids to a woman who genuinely enjoys life with 4 little children under the age of 5.  Life with babies, toddlers and preschoolers really boils down to simple pleasures. Life through the their eyes is sometimes disgusting, often beautiful and sometimes genuinely baffling. The joy found in an apple, getting to play dress up or an octopus hotdog often leaves me shocked.  Thank God we are all so easily amused!! Want a super fun lunch…

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Best Homeschool Tips

I am amazed at how encouraged I can be after browsing the internet for just a few minutes. I guess, it is nice to know there are other women out there taking care of a home, family, animals and still choosing to educate their children.  There are the sites I go back to over and over. Even my husband is familiar with these ones, even though I rarely write or read “blog” when he’s home. They are the blogs of women my husband thinks I’m stalking. These are the blogs I feel like I’m cheating on when I’m on another…

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Best Homeschool Tips

I am amazed at how encouraged I can be after browsing the internet for just a few minutes. I guess, it is nice to know there are other women out there taking care of a home, family, animals and still choosing to educate their children.  There are the sites I go back to over and over. Even my husband is familiar with these ones, even though I rarely write or read “blog” when he’s home. They are the blogs of women my husband thinks I’m stalking. These are the blogs I feel like I’m cheating on when I’m on another…

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Turtle Projects for Kids | Home Schooling Activities | Unit Studies | Handicrafts

A week of turtles: My Father’s World Curriculum practices unit studies. I’m not sure we will always use these, but for our first year, it is suiting us very well. I love the curriculum and have even recently found some parents of older children who are very impressed with the results. This weeks 6 day unit centers on the letter “T”. We are reading the Tortoise and the Hare and the virtue idea of the week is “I don’t quit. I persevere.” For some reason I wanted to give up on parenting all week and found myself begrudgingly repeating the…

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How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World | Book Review | Children’s Literature

I officially have my new favorite children’s book!! Well, let me first say any book encouraging kids to bake a pie at the end of the story is OK by me. The recipe for apple pie included in the book was not quite as good as grandpa’s (my grandma doesn’t do the pies in our family) but was the best one  I ever made. How to Make An Apple Pie and see the world by Majorie Priceman is really one of the most educational and entertaining books I’ve read with my children thus far. The book  full of basic science…

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Making Applesauce | First fruits | Things to do with Apples

This week in our home school kindergarten curriculum we were asked to make applesauce. It just so happens we have 2 very small, poor producing apple trees. but my boys (4 and 3) were determined to pick apples from our tree to make applesauce. We found  some beautiful apples, the best we have ever seen on our tree.  There were many eaten from bugs or birds and in the end we went in the house with 3 little Carry All Caddies of apples. Our first attempt at making applesauce went something like this: Boys spent 10 minutes “washing” apples and…

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Co-Schooling

It would be dishonest to tell you there is a common definition for this word, co-schooling. In my research of home schooling methods I came across this concept as one where 2 or more families choose to, on some level, teach their children together. I will give all the information as I have come to understand the concept over the years. What co-schooling is not: Taking field trips together with other home schooling families. A support group for home schooling moms A casual pop-in and pop-out when you can schedule How we have decided to “co-school”: 3 families are meeting…

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A Good Mom Moment

The times I genuinely feel like a good mom are few and far between. As a Christian the standard is high and I often fall short of what is required of me.  My kids and I read stories together and we memorize scripture, but I’m so far from where I know I should be in my speech and my attitude it genuinely hurts my heart sometimes. Today I had a “good mom” moment. My sister and her boyfriend came over and spent the day with us. We had already picnicked outside, played in the kiddies pool, picked oranges and watched…

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