Encouragement for Moms · Homeschooling

Who Will Comfort Our Children When Tragedy Strikes?

There have been a cluster of sad stories concerning public school children recently.  A few months ago the horrible Sandy Hook school shooting occurred in Connecticut, and a several weeks later an F5 tornado took the lives of 7 elementary school children in Oklahoma.  These occurrences seem to make all parents take a step back, reevaluate their parenting,… Continue reading Who Will Comfort Our Children When Tragedy Strikes?

Encouragement for Moms · Homeschooling

The Importance of Investing in Our Daughter’s Education

Out of our seven children, God has blessed us with five daughters.  And our sixth daughter is due to arrive in August, Lord willing. As a homeschool mom, I'm interested in investing in all of my children.  But since we have more daughters than sons, I spend a lot of my time either teaching or planning… Continue reading The Importance of Investing in Our Daughter’s Education

Current Events · Homeschooling

The Time To Take a Closer Look At Our Public Schools is Now

I really don't even know where to begin. This morning, as I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed, I came across the news that President Obama is "strongly urging" all public schools to implement transgender bathroom and locker room policies, or they risk losing federal funding. I've literally had tears well up over this, and… Continue reading The Time To Take a Closer Look At Our Public Schools is Now

Current Events · Encouragement for Moms · Homeschooling

How a Christian Mom Can Help Shape Our Nation

This week politics have been in the headlines, namely since Ted Cruz has suspended his presidential campaign.  I'll be honest, I have been suspicious of Mr. Cruz from the beginning.  Not that I think we have any good options, but I believe Ted did the best job of looking Christian, while trying to lie and cheat… Continue reading How a Christian Mom Can Help Shape Our Nation

Apologetics · Homeschooling

The Problem with Teaching and Selling Materials about Evolution and Old Earth Theory

About four months ago, I wrote one of my most controversial posts ever.  It really was almost funny to me, because I was totally surprised by the reaction.  It was pretty short, and was titled, Why I Do Not Want to Become an Usborne Books Consultant.  Along with the post I shared a ten minute… Continue reading The Problem with Teaching and Selling Materials about Evolution and Old Earth Theory

Homeschooling

Becoming the Heart of Your Homeschool

Fifteen minutes into the history lesson, my son held his head in his hands and sighed deeply.  “Mom, do we really have to learn about this?  This…this is just so…boring.” I nod, while tightening my grip on the textbook.  “We must.  Don’t you like the new curriculum I purchased?”  Thoughts of the many hours spent… Continue reading Becoming the Heart of Your Homeschool

Homeschooling · Printables · Uncategorized

Free God Made Snow Early Reader and Coloring Book Printable Pack

Winter is nearly here!  While we live in Georgia, and alas, rarely see snow, I thought it would be fun to create a coloring book/early reader printable pack about the fluffy white stuff that most children love to play in. Included in this absolutely free download is a short story for your 5-7 year old,… Continue reading Free God Made Snow Early Reader and Coloring Book Printable Pack

Homeschooling

Why I Do Not Want to Become an Usborne Books Consultant (and a Discussion about Accountability)

I don't know about you, but I enjoy checking my email inbox.  I always wonder just what will be waiting on me. //rcm-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/cm?o=1&p=12&l=ur1&category=baby&banner=0NZY3146JAC39SPTJC82&f=ifr&linkID=0906ae976dd1cdaf70cabcfd6864a0fb&t=chilareables-20&tracking_id=chilareables-20Lately, more often than not, my brow furrows as I open yet another invite to become an Usborne Books Consultant. Now, before I go any further, I'm going to share a short 10… Continue reading Why I Do Not Want to Become an Usborne Books Consultant (and a Discussion about Accountability)

Homeschooling

Our Large Family Homeschool Plan + Free Planner Printable

With my oldest currently in 10th grade, we have been homeschooling for 11+ years now.  When I first began homeschooling, I tried really hard to stick to a schedule.  Really, I did.  But through the years I realized that sometimes life and learning just happen when we least expect it. Sometimes we just go with… Continue reading Our Large Family Homeschool Plan + Free Planner Printable

Encouragement for Moms · Homeschooling

Homeschooling When Your Curriculum Doesn’t Quite Match Your Convictions

Our family began homeschooling ten years ago.  My oldest daughter was three, and I couldn't wait to get started!  We perused catalog after catalog, and I came to the conclusion that I wanted my children to learn through living books.  I have always loved to read, and I wanted my children to catch the bug… Continue reading Homeschooling When Your Curriculum Doesn’t Quite Match Your Convictions

Homeschooling

Our Homeschool Room 2014-2015

My family has been homeschooling for about 10 years now.  At the beginning of our homeschool journey, I set up a more "formal" classroom.  After two years of this, I realized that we were really learning everywhere and that a "classroom" didn't exactly fit our needs. (Our current office/homeschool room.) However, we moved a little over… Continue reading Our Homeschool Room 2014-2015

Homeschooling

Become an Encouraging Homeschool Mom

Whether you are new to homeschooling, or if it is already a tried and true routine, it is easy to become discouraged.  Simply put, sometimes life (and homeschooling) doesn't go as planned.  Our children might balk at their respective school assignments, or life events sometimes get in the way of completing academics in a timely… Continue reading Become an Encouraging Homeschool Mom

Homeschooling · Printables

Vocabulary Word Scavenger Hunt

Once we "officially" begin homeschooling again after a short break, two of my kiddos will be using Apologia's Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day Text, Notebook, and Junior Notebook. Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day: Exploring Creation with Zoology 2 Zoology 2 Notebooking Journal Exploring Creation with Zoology 2 Junior Notebooking Journal Since we will be… Continue reading Vocabulary Word Scavenger Hunt

Encouragement for Moms · Homeschooling

Protecting Our Daughters From Sexual Abuse

Recently, as I've read information about the Bill Gothard accusations (which can be found at http://www.recoveringgrace.org), I've done some more research about child predators (either accused or convicted) within the church.  This reading has lead me to a church in our area, where a scandal took place in October/November.  Actually, the pastor from this church… Continue reading Protecting Our Daughters From Sexual Abuse

Homeschooling

Plans for Our 2014-2015 Homeschool Year are Underway!

While at the end of each school year we find ourselves ready for a break, we are excited about new curriculum choices and the new year to come as well!  I began ordering new materials about a month ago, and finally all of our supplies are in and we are ready to go.  Seasons of… Continue reading Plans for Our 2014-2015 Homeschool Year are Underway!

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Avoiding False Knowledge and It’s Relation to Schooling

O Timothy!  Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge- by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith.      1 Timothy 6:20-21 Today, Christian parents in America have a multitude of choices to make regarding the education of their children.  There is… Continue reading Avoiding False Knowledge and It’s Relation to Schooling