Parenting Teens: It’s a Blessing Not a Trial

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From the time they were babies, I heard the warnings. Enjoy them while they’re little because it’s awful when they turn into teenagers. I heard the jokes about how awful it is to live with teens. I heard the warnings about how they would instantly turn into smart mouthed rebels who stayed locked in their rooms all day. One infamous joke I remember told from a youth pastor suggested putting kids in a barrel with a hole for food and water when they turned 13. And then when they turned 16 stop up the hole. I have to admit I Continue reading

Homeschooling Through the “Whatevers”

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We all have hiccups and bumps along this homeschool journey. A seasoned homeschooler understands that to maneuver through those hiccups and  bumps and provide your children with an education can be tricky. Tricky but doable. Your homeschool day might not be as fruitful as you would like. The laundry may never ever get done and supper might come from a box or a bag. No judgments here. I have used many a box and bag in my day. What happens when the hiccup becomes a “ big belly whopper” of a crisis; an illness, devastating diagnosis, or loss of job? Barbara Johnson, funny lady and author, Continue reading

Creative Story Telling with DIY Story Stones

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Do you ever have those days when your would-be scholars simply don’t want to write?  Their pen-that’s-mightier-than-a-sword becomes a sword.  Literally.  Maybe you don’t.  Your kids probably come to the school table with hair combed and pencils sharpened.  But I have boys.  Boys can find all kinds of uses for a pencil other than its intended use.  So what’s a desperate homeschool mom to do when it’s “one of those days” and her Creative Writing class has a leetle too much creative and way too little writing?  It’s time to shake things up a bit.  One way to bring your students back Continue reading

Teaching Math with Lego Bricks

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The first time I realized that I was so caught up in doing things, “the way they were supposed to be” was when I taught in India right out of college. Geared up and ready to go I was excited and ready to make a difference in the world. Of course, when I arrived in the poverty stricken area of the country, I realized that I needed to rely on God for not only the wisdom to teach but also for the resources. No paper, just a chalkboard. No supplies, just whatever I could recycle and reuse, which wasn’t much. Continue reading

Getting Rid of Cable TV — The Why and How

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Several years ago I suggested to my husband that we should get rid of our cable T.V. I was tired of the junk that was constantly being shown, and I’m not just referring to the shows or movies, but to the commercials as well. Every time my family sat down to watch something, I found myself often having to switch channels when a commercial appeared. Sometimes the commercial was for a product, but most times the commercials were for the inappropriate shows being aired on that particular station. I quickly grew tired of this. I wish I could tell you Continue reading

How to Cook from Scratch for Busy Homeschool Moms

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If you are like me there often seems to not be enough hours in the day. While homeschooling four different ages I still have to keep a household running while running children to art, scouts, and other activities. Some people have the luxury to eat out or pick up take-out so that they don’t have to worry about “What’s for Dinner?”. My family rarely eats food that wasn’t prepared in my kitchen. One reason is the cost, another reason is that we have severe food allergies in my house, and last, but most importantly, we eat at home for nutritional Continue reading

You Are Not A Quitter! (Give Yourself Permission to Change Homeschool Curriculum)

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Every home educator that I’ve met has had a ton of great recommendations for the best homeschool curriculum items they have tried with their children. The problem is, they often don’t reveal the many curriculum choice changes that they have made over time to get to this conclusion. I don’t know about you, but I have often struggled with changing things up mid-year or mid-program for fear that I would somehow mess up the education of my children and it has made me feel like a quitter. It is time to address this and help put our minds at ease. You Continue reading

When Chaos Feels Like the New Norm

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When chaos would strike and throw our family and our schooling into a tailspin, my initial reaction used to be to want to throw in the towel. Homeschooling is just too tough! I am not cut out for this! My kids are probably getting the short end of the stick! The reality is that when one begins to homeschool, you do need to realize that it is a commitment and needs to be accounted for almost like taking on a full-time job. The hard part is that you don’t leave home behind, jump in the car, and put on your Continue reading

Homeschool Prep for the Time Crunched

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I am not a person who likes to spend a ton of time planning & prepping for school. Mostly because I don’t HAVE the time. I homeschool with a 3 year old and a 6 month old. We own our own business and my hubby works 10-12 hour days. I work 6-8 hours a week for our business, in addition to my other writing (without which I would go insane). I do not have close friends or family who can help and my oldest is just starting to be old enough to help herself & others. All that to say Continue reading

Snow Day Fun!

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Oh, the weather outside is frightful, and the fire is so delightful! Winter has officially arrived! With it, comes frigid temperatures and {for many} snow. My kids enjoy playing in the snow, but after a while it just gets too cold. After days of snow on the ground, they aren’t begging to go outside and play anymore. They start to get tired of being cooped up in the house, and they are looking for new things to do. I begin to hear “I’m bored. There’s nothing to do.” What’s a mom to do? Snuggle up with a good book We Continue reading