Encouragement

The Price is Right: Free Online Math and Economic Resources

Because homeschooling families are always conscious of keeping curriculum costs down, many will benefit from two new free resources now being offered online by college trained professors.

Dr. Jeff Haymond, a professor of economics at Cedarville University, has authored a free online textbook,  No Free Lunch: Economics for a Fallen WorldThis introductory economics textbook investigates the free market system from a Christian worldview.

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall! - 5 Tips For The Transition

 

 

As we savor the remaining moments of summer, and launch a new homeschool year, I'd like to offer some down-to-earth, real-life encouragement to you.

 

Teach With All Your Might

Maybe you're getting ready to start homeschooling for the very first time, or perhaps you're coming back to a regular routine after a much-needed summer break. Whether you've opted to do a little bit of school throughout the summer months, having concentrated on one area such as math or reading, or taken a completely unstructured approach to summer learning, we all come to that moment when we reflect on what's ahead, and how we'll orchestrate everything for the upcoming months... 

Showcasing Interests, Abilities, and Activities

As I look back on my homeschooling years, it amazes me just how God directed our path. In my son’s 8th grade year, I wanted to prepare him to attend the public high school, so I signed him up for two outside classes. As my husband had played on his high school basketball team, he knew how important this could be for our son, so we also signed up our teen for winter basketball, which a local homeschool organization offered. Our son enjoyed being part of the team, and this pleased my husband.  

Think Pretty (Part 2)

We're picking up this week with the second part of Think Pretty. Check out part 1 of Think Pretty from a few weeks ago.

Three strategies to preserve your brain: According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are six main strategies to preserve your brain, and below are the first three. (Of course, these are most effective when done together.) I will address the other three in a future blog post.

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. 

Think Pretty (Part 1)

 

When I was a little girl, my mom used to tell me each morning as I headed off to school: “Think Pretty.” As I became older, I came to understand that she meant that I should think about lovely things: the good - not the bad, the beautiful - not the ugly. That I should look for the “pretty” in each and every day. 

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!).

The Pilot & The Passengers, Part II

 

As typical six-year-old girls, my twin sister and I bobbed up and down like little jumping beans while we watched the Stinson gracefully touch down on the runway. "Never mind the plane. You stay right here, and don't walk through that door!" Ms. P cackled with her eyes fixed on our every move.

 

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.   

 

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...

Teaching Takes Time

 

There are no trivial things in mothering. Whether it's being there to bandage our toddler's skinned knee, to hear our children read for the first time, or to watch our kids swing and skip with reckless abandon — these are priceless memories which are here only for a moment, then fade as fast as a morning dream...

 

Bright Spots - One Girl's Passion for Music Despite Disability

Music is a wonderful thing; an inspiring way to escape the day-to-day craziness of life.

The story I am about to tell you is a story about music, and about a sweet girl who pursued her love of music despite her disability.

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. 

 

A Reward For Hard Work

Today, I sit in our old school room (a spare bedroom that we converted twelve years ago) which is now my office. Office? Do offices have old rock collections, all levels of textbooks, and NASA pictures all around? Okay, I'm in the process of changing it.

Meanwhile, I reach into the depths of the closet to retrieve my day-planner from our first year homeschooling − 2001. I open it and see Friday 3/8  

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