Monday, August 20, 2018

5 Days of Homeschool Encouragement: Motivation Monday

Dear young homeschool mom,

You and your husband have made the decision to homeschool your children. Your oldest is 4 or 5 now, and you're getting pressured by society, friends, maybe family even, to put him or her in preschool or kindergarten.

But your little girl would rather play with her dolls, or make "meals" for Daddy in her play kitchen. Your little boy can't sit still; he'd rather play with his toy cars or his Duplos or Legos.

Or they'd rather be outside, playing in the dirt, climbing trees, swinging in the swing, or swimming in your pool.

Besides all that, there is so much curriculum out there from which to choose, it's extremely overwhelming!! Where do you start?

Relax, Mama. You can do this!

First step: Pray. God will speak to your heart. He will guide you in the way you should go.

Second step: Read. First and foremost, read God's Word.

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6.

"And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up." Deuteronomy 6:7. (Deuteronomy 11:19 says basically the same thing)

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." 2 Timothy 3:16.

"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." James 1:5.

Some other resources to read:

If you click over to our Homeschool Philosophy, you'll find a few of my favorite resources. Or you can read it at this website, if you'd rather.

I shared a review of God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn last week, which was a new resource for me. It certainly is becoming a favorite resource for me to recommend to new homeschoolers.

A couple of the first books I read were: A Charlotte Mason Education, and More Charlotte Mason Education, by Catherine Levison.

More books to read, by Karen Andreola: A Charlotte Mason Companion, Pocketful of Pinecones, and Lessons at Blackberry Inn.

Maybe you'll even want to read Charlotte Mason's books: Home Education; Parents and Children; School Education; Ourselves; Formation of Character; A Philosophy of Education. (I will admit, I have not read them myself...not yet, anyway.)

You can listen to podcasts over at A Delectable Education, and at Simply Charlotte Mason.

For my Seventh-day Adventist friends, some of the best books to read are: Education; Christian Education; Counsels to Parents, Teachers and Students; and Fundamentals of Christian Education, or any other books by E.G. White.

Tomorrow we will cover Step 3 by taking a look at curriculum, so I hope you'll come back then.

Here are a few others of the Crew who are joining this blog hop:
Amanda @ Hopkins Homeschool
Angie @ Run Ran Family Adventures & Learning
Annette @ A Net in Time
Ashley @ Gift of Chaos
Betty @ Let’s Get Real
Brenda @ Counting Pinecones
Carol @ Home Sweet Life
Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses



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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Scripture and a Snapshot, August 19


Scripture and Snapshot




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Saturday, August 18, 2018

“Who is My Neighbour?” {a devotional}

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another. Romans 12:10.

A Christian life will be revealed by Christian thoughts, Christian words, and Christian deportment. In Christ there is a divine completeness of character. In Christ we will work the works of Christ. We shall in Christ sense our binding, far-reaching obligations to God and to our fellow man.... There are many cords which unite us to our fellow men, to humanity, and to God, and this relationship is solemn with its weight of responsibility.

As long as we are in this world, we must be linked one with another. Humanity is interlaced and interwoven with humanity. As Christians we are members one of another.... The Lord designs us as His sons and daughters, whom He calls His friends, to help one another. This is to be a part of our practical Christian work.

“Who is my neighbour?” ... He is the very one who needs help the most. Thy brother, sick in spirit, needs you as you needed him. He needs the experience of one who has been as weak as himself, who can sympathize with and help him. The very knowledge of his own weakness helps that one to help another in his weakness.

Let it not be that the sympathetic cords, which should be quick to vibrate at the least touch, shall be cold as steel, frozen, as it were, and unable to help where help is needed.

Seek to help, to strengthen, to bless those with whom you are associated. The Lord will be merciful to those who are merciful. The Lord will be tender and pitiful to those who exercise tenderness and compassion and pity for others. We must realize that we are in Christ’s school, not to learn how we may esteem ourselves, how we shall conduct ourselves so as to receive honor of men, but how we may cherish the meekness of Christ. Self and selfishness will be ever striving for the mastery. It is a fight we must have with ourselves, that self shall not have the victory. Through Christ you may triumph; through Christ you may conquer. ~Our High Calling, by E.G. White

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Five Days of Homeschool Encouragement coming soon {blog hop}

It's that time of year again, the "not back to (home) school" blog hop. I plan to join in next week, so I hope you will follow along, and be greatly encouraged by my fellow Crew mates.

Take a look at that line up!

We hope you'll find encouragement on Monday. Tuesday we'd like to share about our plans for the upcoming school year. On Wednesday we'll share with you something that has worked well in our own homeschool. We'll share why we're thankful to be homeschooling on Thursday. And Friday we get to share with you our favorites.

I hope to see you right back here next week!



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Thursday, August 16, 2018

God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn {Homeschool Crew Review}

We are entering our 22nd year of homeschooling; I guess that means I am a veteran homeschooling mom myself. One of my main goals as a homeschool mom is to raise life-long learners. I do this by example, as a life-long learner myself. I truly do enjoy learning, and jump at every new chance to learn that I can.

I was recently blessed with a copy of God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn, by Julie Polanco. I appreciated how well-researched this book is, and how similar are our philosophies of homeschooling.

About the book

The main focus of this book is to assist the parent in learning what it means to homeschool her children the way God intended them to learn. Some term it as unschooling; some term it as delight-directed; others term it as relaxed homeschooling.

Julie quotes from several well-known homeschool advocates, such as John Taylor Gatto, John Holt, Mary Hood, Dr. Raymond and Dorothy Moore, and Charlotte Mason. With references from such as these, I knew much of what she says would resonate with me!

God Schooling is only 9 chapters long, and the book is divided into two parts: Dispelling Myths, and Practice.

The titles are:
Biblical Support for Natural Learning
Motivation and Excellence
Thoughts on Teaching Children Under Age Eight
Thoughts on Teaching Children Aged Eith to Twelve
Giving Teens the Wings to Fly
Spreading the Banquet
Getting Started
Some Q & A
Record-keeping and Structure
Concluding Remarks

About the author

Julie is a veteran homeschool mom and freelance writer living in the Chicago area. She is involved in her church, and her local homeschool community. Her articles have appeared in The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Home Education Magazine, and many trade publications. She has also developed a high school botany course for www.schoolhouseteachers.com. She is also still "in the trenches" of homeschooling her 4 children; her first child graduated in 2016.


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What we thought about the book

From the beginning of our homeschool journey, I have been a firm believer and strong advocate of delayed formal education, so I was excited to see this in God Schooling.

Research shows that young children's "emotions, body, mind, eyes, ears, sociability, and more are not sufficiently matured for formal learning until the child is at least eight years old." These young children need movement, and time spent in nature.
But ask the animals, and they will teach you,
   or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
   or let the fish in the sea inform you.
Which of these does not know
   that the hand of the Lord has done this?
In His hand is the life of every creature
   and the breath of all mankind. ~Job 12:7-10, NIV 
I agree that children learn best about God through nature. Nature is, after all, God's second book (the Bible being the first, of course).

Julie points out, from the Moores' book, Better Late Than Early, that "Some researchers and scholars insist that there is strong evidence that a child's eyes are not physiologically ready for continual and consistent reading until he is at least eight or even older."

For the eight to twelve age range, Julie brings up that service and entrepreneurship should play a large role, which are what the the Moores recommended as well.

Children are still full of wonder at this age, or they can be if we don't hinder them. Julie says, "Life is like a smorgasbord of little delicacies waiting to be sampled...and then sampled again. Tickle your taste buds with many delights, but chew slowly. Savor each bite, and don't be afraid to discover a new favorite even as you enjoy old ones. Recline at the table and prepare to be there a long while, dining with friends."

I especially appreciated what she shared about schooling our teens. Yes, I have graduated three of my four, and my youngest is mid-teens. Due to his learning challenges, though, he is just now entering high school. I have been trying to figure out how best to guide him through these high school years, so I'm thankful for Julie's insights through God Schooling. Yes, I've learned some things, even though I've already guided three through high school! <grin>

I've known that I want to mainly have him focus on vocational training, and not so much on academics, since he struggles so, especially in the language arts. He needs a more hands-on approach, and always has.

So we made a trip this morning to the library, to pick up a few books, some of which she suggested in her book. Maybe even Jen will glance through these books.
I will definitely be sharing this book with others, beginning with Miss M's mama (you've met Miss M in the past, including my last review).

Check out God Schooling on Julie's website, sign up for her newsletter, and you can get the first chapter free. Also, you can purchase the e-book version for half price now through August 22.

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God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn {Julie Polanco Reviews}

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