Top 16 Tips From A Home School Teacher and Mom

My oldest child is in grade 10 this year.  I am often finding myself calculating just how little time I have left with her.  I don’t know what God has in store for her when she graduates.  He might give her a heart for the mission field.  Or He might call her to post-secondary education.  Maybe she will work for a year or two before He calls her to something else.  Perhaps He will have her meet a Godly young man in the next few years and they’ll get married.  I don’t know.  But when I think of the 2 1/2 years I have left with her, I begin to see the things that truly matter in my homeschool life.  For my last contributor post on A Little R & R, I thought I’d share a number of these ideas with you, to encourage you, to remind you – of what is really important as a homeschool mom – or even just a Christian mom.  Here are my Top 16 Tips From A Home School Teacher and Mom.

With the busyness of home educating our kids, it can be easy to lose sight of the most important parts. Here, I share my Top 16 Tips From A Home School Teacher and Mom

To read the rest of this post, head on over to Rosilind’s site!

This is my last contributor post for Rosilind of A Little R & R.  It has been such a blessing and honor contributing to her incredible blog!  Although this portion has come to an end, I continue to work alongside her in a different manner – and I am so excited to see the direction God takes her blog!  

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With the busyness of home educating our kids, it can be easy to lose sight of the most important parts. Here, I share my Top 16 Tips From A Home School Teacher and Mom

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Having An Attitude of Gratitude As A Homeschool Mom

I’ve heard this heartbreaking threat many times over in my journey as a homeschooler…mostly coming from my own mouth.  I hated saying it.  And I know my kids hated hearing it.  My ominous warning in a raised voice would frustrate my husband.  You have said it, too, I am sure.  Or thought about it at the very least.  When my kids get on my nerves after telling them to get ‘back to work’, I would threaten to send them to school.  After trying this tactic for a number of years, I have come to realize that it simply does not work – at least not in the long term.  So then I tried a different approach.  I tried intentionally expressing my thankfulness to homeschool – to my kids and to my husband.  While it hasn’t solved every single problem (my son continues to be the ‘class clown’), it sure has made a difference in my home.  I am sharing this post over at A Little R & R.  Here is how you can begin Cultivating Thankfulness in Your Homeschool.

In this culture, it can be so easy to get caught up in ungratefulness...the idea that the grass is greener anywhere but where you are...including the choice to home educate. I want to encourage you to begin cultivating thankfulness in your homeschool.

Can I be completely honest here?  If I may?

It seems that when we are in the “trenches”, we tend to view the other side as greener pastures.  But the truth is that sending the kids to school will not magically solve our problems.  It just doesn’t work that way.  If we are struggling in our parenting, that challenge will still exist if our kids are at school – it may lessen somewhat because they are away from us for most of the day.  But the root remains.

thankful-notes-collageAnd when we fail to get rid of the root, then we fail to get rid of the problem.

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PS…there is a FREE printable at the end of the post to help foster thankfulness and gratitude in your home.

 

Before you head over there, though.  You might want to “save the date” for the annual Build Your Bundle homeschool digital curriculum sale.  Sign up for my newsletter and you won’t miss it for sure!  Plus, when you subscribe, you get a set of weekly planning sheets to use.



In this culture, it can be so easy to get caught up in ungratefulness...the idea that the grass is greener anywhere but where you are...including the choice to home educate. I want to encourage you to begin cultivating thankfulness in your homeschool.

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How To Root Your Teen Daughter’s Heart In God’s Word

I remember the day she was born…so small and dependent on me to care for her.  I wondered if I’d be able to give her everything she needed.  Would I be able to love her the way I knew God wanted me to?  Would I teach her about God’s ways enough?  Enough to survive this cruel world that seems to have heartache at every turn?  That was 15 years ago and I am seeing the fruit of the Holy Spirit in her life.  I see it every single day.  I see how she loves the Lord and longs to be close to Him.  This did not happen by accident or by osmosis as a Christian family.  Are you wondering How To Root Your Teen Daughter’s Heart In God’s Word?  

**I went live on Facebook  with my daughter, Sarah!  See video at the end of this post!**

As a Christian parent, we want our kids to grow close to God and have their own relationship with Him. But how do we go about doing that? I enlisted the help of my teen daughter in writing this post to help give you some ideas. How To Root Your Teen Daughter's Heart In God's Word

I am writing this post with my daughter, Sarah.  She is going to offer her insight as a teen girl.  Her direct comments will be in teal color.  Here are the things she has found helpful in growing her faith as a teen in our culture. Read More

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The Quest For A Great Writing Program

One of the most challenging quests in the homeschooling realm is finding a strong writing program that lines up with my philosophy of writing and that my kids love.  I finally admitted defeat in my feeble attempts and decided to just make my own writing program.  I found a few resources here and there and used them throughout the year.  I was on The Quest For A Great Writing Program.  Then, through the Build Your Bundle program, I was given the opportunity to review WriteShop Level D which was just right for my youngest daughter.  Here is my review of this writing program.

**I will be doing a Facebook Live video for this review today (May 18) at about 2:30 (PST).  My daughter will be joining me!  Thanks for joining me – the video is posted below**

Are you searching for the elusive writing program that your kids will enjoy? I was, too until I found WriteShop. I love this program. Find out why!

My youngest daughter loves to write, she is gifted in this area.  Right now, she is working on her own novel and her goal is to write 20,000 words.  

She is 10.  

Because of her giftedness in this area, she quickly grows bored of redundant worksheets and exercises she either knows already or because she learned the concept easily, making the 20+ questions on the worksheet annoying and frustrating for her.  As I read through the teacher manual of WriteShop, I started to feel excited…maybe, just maybe this would be a simple program that she’d enjoy working through, therefore reducing the ‘fight’ to get her to complete her assignments…did I mention she is also very strong-willed?   Read More

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When Education And God Collide

It really does not make sense to me.  Not one little bit.  I don’t hear it very often, but when I do I can’t fathom separating the two.  The notion has become so foreign to me.  I am talking about taking God and His Word out of education and setting it all on its own.  And I believe that when we separate the two with our kids, they grow up with a false understanding that Sundays are reserved for God while the rest of the week and their lives are their own to do with as they wish.  What happens, though, When Education And God Collide?  

What is your approach to combining God's word and your homeschool? Do you keep them separate? Or do you see the importance of intertwining the 2? When Education and God Collide

One of the things I love about home education is that I can immerse my children – and myself – in God’s Word.  If you have read many of my homeschooling or parenting posts, you will know that I take the passage in Deuteronomy to heart.  I believe God intends for us to teach our children His promises, laws, hope, assurances, wisdom, admonishments…every bit of His Word every single day.  I don’t think His idea was to have Bible lessons for 30 minutes a day or to rely on the Sunday School teacher to teach our kids the truth.  That’s not enough.   Read More

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Have You Lost Your Homeschool Joy?

I am guest posting over at A Little R & R today!  This is my monthly contributor post!  This one will be a 2-part series of getting that Joy back in your homeschool.  Here is an excerpt:

It felt like a constant fight to get my kids to do their school work – almost every single day.  I would find myself becoming increasingly frustrated to the point of yelling at my kids to get back to work.  Then the feelings of guilt would wash in…I blew it again.  My kids were left feeling discouraged and like failures.  Actually, we all felt that way.  This isn’t what I wanted my homeschool to look like.  This wasn’t what I had dreamed of.  And I am sure it isn’t what they wanted either.  So, why are we fighting this?  How did it become so…joyless?  We had lost joy in homeschool.  Well, I learned a few things along the way…important things I want to share with you.  This post is for when you need joy in your homeschool.

Sometimes it can be so hard to homeschool. We start to yell and beg our kids to get their work done. Here are a couple of reasons why this might be. Have You Lost Your Homeschool Joy?

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Sometimes it can be so hard to homeschool. We start to yell and beg our kids to get their work done. Here are a couple of reasons why this might be. Have You Lost Your Homeschool Joy?

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Top 5 Reasons To Homeschool

I was asked the question yet again…the same question most homeschool moms get.  Then I was asked the second question that is typically raised when people find out I am a homeschool support teacher.  While they may be two completely different questions, the foundational response is the same.  Why do I homeschool my kids and how do I know homeschool moms are not doing the work for their kids?  To answer these questions, I’ve put together a list of the Top 5 Reasons To Homeschool.  

**I did a Facebook live video to talk about this post – see bottom of this post for the video!**

Why do you home educate? Or better yet, why are you parenting as you do? On tough days, I need to come back to the foundation of they 'WHY'. Here are my Top 5 Reasons To Homeschool - or parent.

Many people think that the absolute best reason to homeschool is to keep our kids from the big, bad world.  However, we know that scripture does not support seclusion from the world.  We know that we are not supposed to be in relationship with only Christians.  We are to be in the world, not of it…  Read More

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When You Have To Write A Review

Did you get your coupon and free entry for the bundle sale that is coming next week?  I am in the process of writing up some reviews for a few of the great products offered in this sale.  I am really excited about these resources!  And one of the products is not for the children 😉 Although it is in the ‘homemaking’ bundle…it has nothing to do with ‘homemaking’…  It is more fun 😆 

So, be sure to get your coupon now – even if you don’t homeschool!  There are resources you can use for your family…and your marriage 😮 

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4 Important Truths For The Failing Homeschool Mom

I am blogging over at A Little R & R with an encouraging blog post!

The moment I stepped into her home, I knew she was struggling.  The look in her eyes…defeat.  The slump of her shoulders.  The exhausted look on her face.  Her gait, slow and shuffled.  I knew I was here more for encouraging support than checking off learning goals for report cards.  I asked how things were going.  She gave me a deep sigh and I could see she was fighting tears.  She said she felt like she was failing at teaching her kids.  She was overwhelmed and not sure if she was doing ‘enough’.  In all of my years as a support teacher for homeschool families, this has been one of the biggest hindrances for so many moms.  I want to remind you all of some important truths here.  Are you ready?  4 Important Truths For The Failing Homeschool Mom.

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You feel like you are failing at this homeschool thing, hey?  I know…been there, done that.  More than once…AND I am a certified teacher!  However, over my 11 years of home educating and being a support teacher, I have come to realize some truths about this whole failing at homeschool LIE.

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5 Ways To Set A Good Example For Your Kids

I sat there and wept.  My heart was broken…again.  The same person trampled my soul with her cruel words and careless actions for the umpteenth time.  Does she not see what she is doing?  Does she really not care?  Is she not aware of how she continues to crush my spirit?  I only wish she had taken the time to truly know my heart…but she never did.  And here I am again, broken.  My daughter, Sarah, has witnessed such accounts more than I ever wished she had.  And I know it breaks her heart as well, to see her mommy so sad and wounded.  She embraces me and hands me a piece of paper.  I look at what she has written and my tears fall afresh.  I know this is the fruit of what I have encouraged and cultivated within my kids.  I know this is His faithfulness to me.  This piece of paper begins the healing of my shattered heart.  How did I get this treasure of a daughter?  What did I ever do?  Yes, I know a huge part is God’s grace.  But it also has to do with the intentions and purposefulness of my husband and me.  Here are 5 Ways To Set A Good Example For Your Kids. 
Are you setting a good example for your children? How do you know if you are? This post explores some questions that will help you determine of you are a Godly role model for your kids...and what you may need to work on (and we all need to work on something!). I pray this post helps you in your Christian parenting. 5 Ways To Set A Good Example For Your Kids.

In The Beginning

I had no clue how to be a Godly mother when my first child was born.  I look back on those days and I am so thankful for God’s grace.  I’d get frustrated (still do) when life got hard.  I’d feel discouraged as a mom (still do sometimes).  I’d wonder if my kids would end up in therapy or on Jerry Springer (not anymore 😉 ).  I was on my own to figure out how to be a Godly mother.  Well, I suppose not truly alone since I had the Holy Spirit, but you know what I mean.   Read More

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