Homeschooling with Confidence

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

2014

Here we are saying happy new year again.  It always amazes me how time flies.  The days seem long but the years sure go fast!

Read my blog from last year about:  ~ 4 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Change Your Life ~

It’s also hard to believe that this month marks our 19th year of homeschooling.  When did we grow up?  In thinking back on our years of homeschooling there are a couple of things that have stood out to me in our adventure~

~ one is that I have lacked confidence when I shouldn’t have,

~ two is that our children have not only done well, but they have thrived despite my lack of confidence.

So how can we homeschool (or do anything for that matter) with boldness and assurance especially when we feel so inadequate?

The short answer:

~ B Y   F A I T H ~

Every successful person who has accomplished amazing things have all started at the beginning with nothing.  They all took that first step of faith and then another step after that and after that, until they reached their goals no matter how far-reaching they seemed at the starting point.

FAITH ~ is the confidence in what we hope for and the assurance of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1)

Trust in the Lord’s leading of your family in this venture and move forward faithfully.  It belongs to the Lord.  He will do the work so look to Him for the strength and confidence that you will need.

1.  Be Faithful

When God lays it on your heart to do something, move forward by faith, even when fear and doubt creep in.  Lean into the Lord for His strength and remain faithful even when it’s hard always remembering to keep Christ at the center of everything.  Never neglect your relationship with Him.

~ Pray for your homeschool, your children, your family, your growth

~ Spend time in God’s Word and growing closer to the Lord

~ This seems obvious but I’m going to throw it out there anyway.  Do school every day.  When they’re young, a little bit goes a long way and when they’re older, they can do more on their own.

~ Take care of your needs.  Do something you enjoy.  Spend time everyday in personal growth.  Learn ~ Grow ~ Lead!

2.  Be a learner

~ Learn how to be an amazing parent

~ Learn to develop yourself personally for growth to be a better person

~ Learn how to do school with your children

~ Learn about the subjects your children are studying and learn along with them

~ Learn how to love learning

~ Learn something new everyday

~ Read all that you can about homeschooling, education, leadership, organization etc.

3.  Be brave

Sometimes you have to put on a brave face and do things even when you’re scared.  That’s how being a mom is period.  Doing it afraid!  Other times it’s what we think people are thinking of us that makes things tough.  We will never measure up to other people’s expectations.  You can’t allow what people think of you to affect you.

4.  Be bold

Be confident in what you do.  You are a great mom and an awesome teacher.  You have great potential to influence your children and your family.  BE BOLD!  

~ Pray bold prayers

~ Pray impossible things for your homeschool, your children, and your family

~ Pray big

~ Bold prayers honor God

~ God honors bold prayers

5.  Be consistent

~ Be consistent in your daily goals

~ Set aside blocks of time for your activities

~ Make a daily checklist

~ Be disciplined in your actions

~ There is no shame in starting slow or small

6.  Be humble

~ Be open

~ Be teachable

~ Connect with God

Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will exalt you.  James 4:10

~ Discover your motives

~ Be unselfish

~ Be others focused ~ READ “The Number One Way to Eliminate Burnout”

~ Instill value and confidence in everyone you touch

Do nothing from selfish or empty conceit, but with humility of mind, regard one another as more important than yourselves.  Philippians 2:3

We can have confidence in our homeschooling, our parenting, our marriage and in life.  We have the Holy Spirit working in us and leading us.  Let’s step out by faith and start HOMESCHOOLING WITH CONFIDENCE!


Health and Wellness Tip

When you’re not feeling well and not on top of your game, it can hinder your motivation and your progress.  Our food, our environment and the lifestyle that is so popular today can damage our health in unimaginable ways.  It happens so slowly and for so long that we don’t even notice how poor our health has become.

 

~ Brain fog

~ Lack of energy

~ Irritability

~ Chronic pain

~ Fatigue

~ Memory problems

~ Anxiety

And there are hundreds more symptoms that can prevent us from being our best.  This has a great negative side affect on our lives and our family.  Especially if our family is feeling the same way!

It’s essential to take a closer look at what we’re eating and the supplements we’re taking to make sure we’re getting all the necessary nutrients to achieve optimal health.

The Lord has answered my prayers and cries for help.  He brought me to a company that specializes in gut health, blood sugar balance, detoxification, safe and healthy weight loss, and inflammation.  I’m spreading the word about how Plexus has been a life-changing experience for our family.  I want to help educate others on the importance on nutrition and balance in the body.  Health and wellness doesn’t happen by accident.  We have to be intentional with our diet and exercise and even with taking the right vitamins and supplements so we can live our best lives for the glory of God.

Be well and may God bless you!

 


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I Will Enter His Gates With Thanksgiving in My Heart

I wrote this blog before Hurricane Harvey and wondered if I should post this blog today or wait.  After praying about it, I decided to go ahead and post it.

I’m praying for healing, protection, and blessings for all the victims, survivors, the relief workers, volunteers and their families.  I am praying for Texas.

Lord, please give the people in Texas and their families strength, hope and courage to move forward after this tragedy.   Please heal them, protect them, and bless them.  In Jesus Name ~ AMEN.


Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and bless His name.  Psalm 100:4

Grumbling and criticizing is so common and popular these days.  Especially with the internet so willing to listen and sympathize.

Sarcasm is spewed and it’s cool to have just the right comeback to make sure everyone does and says what they’re suppose to.

I am guilty of grumbling and complaining and was convicted by two things.

1 ~ I was convicted when I decided to stop complaining for a New Year’s Resolution.

See my blog ~ 4 New Year’s Resolutions that will change your life ~

2 ~ I was made aware when my bad habits were mirrored in our children.  YIKES!

The reason why I thought about writing about THANKFULNESS isn’t because I want to throw everyone under the bus.

God has done a work in my heart regarding gratitude but sometimes my “inner brat” still rears its ugly head.  I want to trust God to change my heart!

Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever.  1 Chronicles 16:34

We live in a demanding and self-centered world which can be very annoying AND CONTAGIOUS.

Let’s focus on the Lord and be thankful for His love for us.

Give thanks in all circumstances~ for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  1 Thessalonians 5:18

Focusing on the positive things in each circumstance with appreciation will nurture a healthy habit and bring glory to God.  It will also teach our children about humility and contentment.

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.  Colossians 3:17

All that we do, is to be done for the glory of God.  If we are complaining, then we are not thankful or bringing glory to God.  Seek God first and He will make everything right.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  James 1:17

Every good and perfect gift is from God.  Look for those gifts and be thankful.  We should expect God to work in our hearts.  Watch for those moments when He is doing great things and giving perfect gifts.

The greatest gift of all is Jesus dying on the cross for our sins and rising from the dead so that we can have a relationship with God and have eternal life.

We are not to be troubled, burdened or afraid.  God is our strength and our shield.  Our trust should be in Him.

Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever.  Psalm 107:1

If the temptation to complain is significant ~ try being thankful instead. Memorize verses about being thankful and write down everything in your life you are thankful for.  This will put you in the habit of being grateful instead.

If it’s still a struggle or you’re seeing discontentment and unhappiness in your children ~ (trust me ~ I get it) ~ there are ways to encourage a positive attitude:

~ Read the book of Job as a family.

~ Have your children write and draw about what they’re thankful for.

~ Think of ways that you as a family can help others in need or do something nice for someone else.

~ Read stories about missionaries, heroes or how people overcome their struggles in life here or in other countries.

Here are a few craft ideas to show thankfulness:

~ Cut out fall leaves on construction paper and have the kids write something they’re thankful for and paste it on a homemade tree.

~ Get a pumpkin and every day have the kids write something they’re thankful for on the pumpkin.

~ Get smooth rocks and have the kids write what they’re thankful for and then display it somewhere so they will see it and remember. (Joshua 4)

~ What have you done as a family to show thankfulness or kindness?

Please share!


Having a heart of gratitude is healthy for us, will bless our family and have a tremendous impact on those around us.

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~ Creating a Homeschool Schedule ~

It’s that time of year and school is starting.  YAY!  I thought I’d put together a list of ideas to help with scheduling.

As homeschooling moms, we have to be a homemaker AND teacher.  Some moms may even work in or outside the home, also.

Our lives are full which is why having a schedule is a must for creating order and peace.

Every family’s routine will look different but we have the freedom to customize our calendar according to our own needs and desires.

Here are some ideas to take the guess work out of creating a schedule.


~  Have homeschooling goals for the year mapped out

If not for the year, do it for the semester or even the month.  I like to have my subjects, classes, books, and workbooks written out for the semester/year and I make lists so I can check off their assignments each day on my clip board.  

Some people have a calendar for their schoolwork or they use a curriculum package that does it all for them. It’s all good!  Do what works for you. 

~  ANOTHER THING ~

I figure out when I want to finish a class or book and divide it among the days I have scheduled for that particular subject etc.  While there is always flexibility to adjust, it helps to organize and plan ahead.

~ How many hours a day & how many days a week

Take into consideration the homeschool requirements of your state, work schedules, baby and toddler needs, how old your children are etc.  Figure out what works for you and block out sections of your day that are dedicated to doing school only ~ AND STICK WITH IT!

 ~ Schedule a free day once a week or once a month

Every Friday, we have a lighter load for school work.  This is the time when we go to the library or the park and have more of a relaxing school schedule.  This is also the one day when they do all their work independently without my help.

If there is a subject we do one-on-one or as a family, we take a break on Friday and they only work on the things they can do on their own.

Our high schoolers will pick and choose what school they do on Fridays.  This is what we do ~ but your free day can look anyway you want.

~ Start first thing in the morning

I always like to tackle school first and early.  Everyone is more awake and alert and we always get more momentum.

We get up, get dressed, eat breakfast first thing as if we’re headed out the door.  We do all of this before we start school.

Two days a week we have devotions as a family first after breakfast.

Then I start with the youngest while the older ones do their independent work and then I work with the other two.  Our youngest is already 7 so my homeschooling with a baby or toddler days are over.  But when I had a baby or toddler, I had more to consider.

Usually, the younger they are, the less time it takes to help them with school.  The older they are, the more school they have but they also do more work independently.

~ Independent work

All of our children do independent work no matter how old they are.  This is pretty self explanatory.  I give assignments tailored to their needs and personality that they work on by themselves.  The older they are, the more they do on their own.

~ Keep it interesting

Change things up so that it doesn’t get boring.  Have them explore things that interest them and learn about it.  One of our children loved coding and learned to make video games and videos.

~ Be flexible

Sometimes I change our schedule or our curriculum to fit the needs of our family.  If there is a struggle with a subject, the pace is too fast or too slow, or a need comes up whether it’s educational or something else, I make adjustments.  This is pretty obvious but sometimes the temptation to be rigid is strong especially if you’re on a roll.  Be flexible.  Listen to the Holy Spirit.

 The LORD says ~ “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.  I will advise you and watch over you.”  Psalm 32:8

Having year-round school based on my husband’s work schedule has worked for us for over 18 years.  We have 3 long heavy days with a lot of instruction, a half day, and then of course, as I mentioned before, our “Free Day Friday.”

And naturally, we have breaks and vacations periodically throughout the year, as well.

Our high schoolers have their own schedule and do most of their work independently.  My main role with our older children is lesson planning, grading, record keeping and accountability.  I still do some one-on-one for math or explaining assignments but for the most part, our teens establish their own routine.


I have a lot of homeschooling ideas in my blogs ~ Kindergarten is the HARDEST! (Part 1) and (Part 2)

Kindergarten is the HARDEST! (Part 2) is filled with A LOT of fun activities and school ideas that will promote fun and successful learning for years to come.


~  Have homeschooling goals for the year mapped out
~ Figure out how many hours a day & how many days a week you want to work on school work
 ~ Schedule a free day once a week or once a month
~ Start first thing in the morning
~ Schedule independent work no matter their age
~ Keep it interesting
~ Be flexible

Writing out your goals, wants, wishes, ideas, classes, and schedule, is so beneficial and helps with lesson plans and record keeping.

~ BY THE WAY~

Your lesson plans and record keeping can be one and the same.  Then you’re killing two birds with one stone.

If you are new to homeschooling and you’re feeling overwhelmed, start slow and small.  Do a couple things at first and then increase the workload.

DON’T FORGET: I have a lot of homeschooling ideas on my blog ~ Kindergarten is the HARDEST! (Part 2).  CHECK IT OUT!


Let me know what your homeschool schedule looks like.  Do you have any ideas or tips you’d like to share?  I’d love to hear from you.

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Inspiring Teens to Make a Positive Impact For Christ

“Teens will be teens” is one pastor’s response when he heard that some students in his youth group were drinking, smoking and doing drugs.  Although parents and leaders were aware, these kids not only continued in their habits but they led other teens down the same destructive path.  Now ~ I’m not going to criticize the thoughtless comment because I will be the first to admit to often speaking before thinking.

But unfortunately, some people think that teenagers should act foolishly and impulsively and this is their time to do so.  

As children navigate through their teens from childhood to adulthood, it’s important for the adults in their lives to gently and continually guide them toward Jesus ~ not make excuses.

See my post ~ Five Lies Concerning Teens

It’s a breath of fresh air when young people are living for the Lord, blessing others and are mindful of their future.  The world notices.  It should be expected because what else is a child of the King to do?  Obey God and serve others, of course!

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.  1 Timothy 4:12

SPEECH

Lives can be saved or destroyed by the words that are said because words matter.  Young people can impact younger children who look up to them and want to be just like them, be a blessing to their peers and family, and also set an example for the older folks who have forgotten the right way to live ~ or the right things to say.  Adolescents have a stronger influence than they realize.  It is important to always look to the Lord and put Him first in everything ~ including what we say.

CONDUCT

What a pleasure to have children who are wise.  Proverbs 23:24

Even children are known by the way they act, whether their actions are pure and right.  Proverbs 20:11

It’s a well known fact that kids will sometimes do dumb things.  Which is why they are closely supervised by adults until the age of 18 or older and car insurance is usually sky high until age 25.  They’re still growing and learning.

When mature adults act foolishly, it’s inappropriate and embarrassing so it shouldn’t be overlooked or tolerated when teens engage in this type of conduct.

When we were in high school, there were a group of teens in our youth group who were bold and faithfully served the Lord.  Some had godly parents who were good role models and some not so much.  We had a super great youth pastor who carefully guided us and encouraged us to walk with the Lord.  He challenged us, taught us, and lovingly pushed us out of our comfort zones.

At the same time, there were adult leaders in our youth group who were living worldly lives and destroying the very kids they were suppose to serve.

It’s a tough world to live in and living a selfish life will not make life easier.

There comes a point in everyone’s life when they decide which path they’re going to take.   Teens don’t need to wait until after they do all the stupid and foolish things first before deciding to live right.  

“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15.

LOVE

Teenagers will often have a low self esteem.  But the truth is ~ it’s OK.  It’s OK to still be learning and failing and not knowing what to do or say. We’ve all been there.  No one goes from being a kid into a perfectly mature adult over night.  Most people don’t become that in a lifetime.  But continually looking to the Lord and growing in Him will make all the difference in the world.

Young people:  God loves you so much and is crazy about you.  He knows every little detail about your life and He will guide and direct you.  He loves you so much that He died on the cross for you.

All you have to do is believe and trust that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins and rose from the dead.  This is important.  The most important decision you will ever make!

You don’t need to try to impress people.  If you have trusted Jesus as your Savior, God is already pleased with you and you matter to Him.  You have the freedom to love yourself and to love those around you ~ even if it’s awkward and imperfect.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.  John 3:16


And Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”  John 14:6


FAITH

Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.  Hebrews 11:1

We can have faith and trust God even when things look grim to us.  Many people go to college after high school because they know that the hard work and dedication will bring rewards in the future.  It will bring a better life and a higher income.

Teens need to think that way for their personal decisions also.  Making good positive choices in their daily lives will make a better future for them and their future family.  One day teens will have a family of their own and the things they do today can affect their future spouse and children.

Teens need to learn the value of having faith and seeking God every single day.

PURITY

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  Galatians 2:22-23

~ Seeking and loving God

~ Loving others

~ Discipline

~ Honesty

~ Integrity

~ Right living

~ Self Control

~ Sexual purity

These are all areas teens need to learn and grow in.  They’re not going to do this perfectly and they’re going to fail, but that’s the beauty of growing up.  You learn from your mistakes.

Being intentional in your children’s lives to show them accountability with love and direction is immeasurable.

~ SHOW UP

~ BE THERE

~ CARE

~ WALK HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD

It’s important.


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Parenting teens isn’t easy and I don’t have all the answers.  In fact, I’m learning this as I go along even though I wouldn’t exactly call myself a newbie.

Sadly, we have found that it’s not uncommon for teens in church youth groups to engage in cruelty, rejection, drugs, alcohol, promiscuity, porn, and homosexuality.  These are not just the typical rebellious teenager or unchurched bringing a negative influence to youth groups but homeschooled children, church leader’s children, and children whose parents are very active in the church.  No one is immune.

It takes faith and boldness to be a teenager who is a shining example these days ~ but it’s a life worth living. Strength and courage comes from God and parents can make a huge impact on their children with their loving encouragement and faithful prayers.

People who are quick to dismiss our concerns haven’t raised a teen in this tech savvy, politically correct, God-hating times.  Be vigilant and look to the Lord.  If something seems off, investigate until you’re satisfied.  Don’t be afraid to hold your teen accountable.  It may very well save them.


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Handling Homeschool Stress Gracefully

Now that most homeschoolers are either on a summer break or light load, I thought I’d give encouraging guidance on how to handle tension during the time when people are probably not stressed.  Be sure to read this again around October!

When we first started homeschooling, 18-years ago, we got excessive criticism for our decision.  As far as the educational needs of our children, we had an option just like everyone else.  We respected other families for their choices and hoped for the same in return.  I can honestly say that most of the homeschooling stress had to do with the judgement of others and the endless questions sent our way. Whether it was people we knew or cashiers at the store, we had to deal with how our decision to homeschool was received by others.  Protecting our children from quizzing and lecturing interrogators and helping our young ones through the pain of handling remarks like they’d be smarter if they went to a public school or that folks can tell that they’re homeschooled because they’re weird and uncool, proved necessary ~ which, by the way, is an appalling thing to say to any child.  It wasn’t just the mean ones we had to deal with but all the excessive questions and comments as well.  It was like playing 20 questions with everyone who asked us anything school related, which seemed to happen every time we left the house.

This kind of stuff is stressful!  Algebra is not! 

Fast forward to 2017 ~ people are much friendlier and knowledgable about home education, especially here in Missouri.  But there are other kinds of stress for homeschoolers.  Now that I don’t have people jumping down my throat every time I say “homeschool,” there is less anxiety for us.  But what about the other kinds of stress?

As a homeschool veteran, I thought I would offer some encouragement and help on handling homeschooling stress gracefully.

Judgments, Questions, and Criticism

It never ceases to amaze me how many misconceptions people still have about homeschooling (which is fine because that’s how it is with most everything).  I used to get a lot more questions than I do now, and many of them, I couldn’t answer. But homeschooling isn’t as deep as many think.

When I was in 6th grade, I had a serious health issue which led me to miss 6 months of school.  I was mostly home alone all day while both my parents worked and my sisters were at school.  A tutor came to my house twice a week to give me my assignments.  She would appear with a stack of school work, explain stuff to me and then come back another day to pick everything up and give me more assignments.  Academically, it was the best thing that could happen to me because after this, I grew into a straight A student and school made more sense.  Miss Tutor didn’t spend a lot of time explaining things to me, just 15 minutes a day twice a week.  As far as my emotional well being, socialization, and safety ~ it was great and I did fine (there was no internet, video games, iPads, or cable TV in 1980). Eventually, my health improved and I slipped back into the routine of going to school and classes without missing a beat.  My grades were good and life went back to normal.  And the best part… I wasn’t held back because of all my absences…WHEW!

In today’s world, the above tale wouldn’t be a textbook setting and experts would probably frown at this ~ but for me ~ it was splendiferous! (I love that word!)

The point of the story was that I thrived learning at home in a not-so-great situation from a tutor who barely gave me the time of day.  But home education is much more than receiving and dumping assignments. Homeschooling is family driven with different educational needs and goals ~ so there should be no apologies.

Answering questions and criticism about homeschooling didn’t show my irresistible side nor did it reveal my strengths.  Because I was unprepared to handle the push back that our educational choice caused, when people asked me about homeschooling, I feel like my answers were less than brilliant.  My critics became some sort of scholar with a PhD in education leaving me feeling like a nincompoop unqualified to even teach our children how to spell their names.  And I seemed to have no answers to tell a different story.  But if I could do it all over again, my response would explain respectfully and with kindness, that in homeschool we study much of the same things as they did when they were in school ~ History, Science, Math, Language Arts, Bible and other fun stuff.  I would say that I enjoy it and our kids are thriving.  I would explain to them with confidence that we like homeschooling because we are fond of the curriculum and the environment.  And one reason why we homeschool is because we are concerned about their socialization.  I would say that we’re glad that God opened the door for us to do this and we love the work involved.  We don’t push others to like or agree with our choices or to think like us.  We’re living our life the way we feel is right for our family and our situation.  I would say those things no matter what they asked because that is the truth and probably answered the real questions they are asking.

It’s not that deep and not worthy of all the attention we had to bear. Looking back, it’s easy for me to say that I should have been more bold, confident and firm. But my job wasn’t to educate the public but that of our children.  Debating and defending has never been a strength of mine so I’m not going to beat myself up about how I handled this in the past but maybe my story will help others in the future.

Answering questions and fostering discussion is great every once in awhile but dealing with judgmental and harassing questions regularly is exhausting. If you’re like me and can’t think of clever answers off the top of your head when you’re put on the spot, then keep it short, simple and lighthearted.  Or maybe just smile at your critics fans and move on.

Parents are capable of educating their children and don’t need to prove anything.  Because homeschooling isn’t as big of a mystery as it was in years past, hopefully this won’t be much of a problem anymore.  But if it is adding stress to your homeschooling experience, especially if you have disapproving relatives, it’s time to let that stress go.  Suffering from inappropriate interrogations isn’t necessary or helpful and can have damaging affects on your children.

Of course, healthy questions are welcome and isn’t what I’m talking about.  But unfortunately some will disguise harassment and manipulation by making it seem like they’re just asking a question or they’ll criticize with their questions.  There’s a big difference and even children can sense the contradiction.  If a question feels more like a criticism or a comment is plain rude, pray for the Lord to give you the right answer.  Sometimes it is best not to say anything at all, shake the dust from your feet, and move on.

The Stress of Behavior Problems

It doesn’t take long to realize that all children are unique.  They have different personalities, different learning styles, different strengths and weaknesses.  It’s important to be consistent, persistent and patient with academics and behavior.  Children will need to learn how to do school.  It will take time for them to get the hang of the curriculum, working hard, and stepping out of their comfort zone.  It also takes time for kids to adjust if there is a change to the curriculum, schedule or if they start homeschooling after going to a school.

Some children are more difficult than others and sometimes there are severe behavior problems.  It’s even more prevalent now a days with ADHD, ADD, and other neurological problems escalating.  Autism has increased more than 800% in the last 16 years, which is an incredible statistic!  Blaming lack of discipline is as outdated as saying homeschoolers lack socialization.  We all know better.  But what do you do?

Well, the short answer is ~ you need to be consistent, persistent and patient.  You have to be all of those all of the time with the Lord’s strength!  It’s not easy but it’s not impossible.  Even the most stubborn and spirited child needs to learn academic discipline.  You may need to make school easier or have them do less but a little bit will go a long way. You can always increase it later.  Here is a list of additional things that may help with behavior problems:

~ Make your child’s bedtime earlier.

~ Start school first thing in the morning.

~ Make sure your child is eating healthy especially for breakfast.  No sugar or junk food.

~ Healthy brain and gut are important for kids.  Omega -3 Fish Oil supplements are good for the brain and Probiotics are essential for gut health.

~ Remove food from the diet that your child is allergic or sensitive to.

~ Be calm and loving but also firm.  Let them know what is expected of them and work everyday towards that goal.

~ Have fun ~ school is fun or can be!  (Our teens may say differently)

Check out my blog “7 Tips For Encouraging Teens To Wear Happy Pants ~ Not Grumpy Pants”

~ No TV, video games, iPads, or smartphones during the school week.

~ Don’t allow them to go too long without eating to avoid hypoglycemic symptoms.

~ Don’t give up.

See also “Calling All Overworked & Under-Appreciated Moms (4 Reminders)”

~ Patience Patience Patience!  It’s good for you!  You can do it! (I’m talking to myself right there!)

(People will often comment about how patient I must be to be able to homeschool.  If I have patience, I learned it BECAUSE I homeschool.  Not the other way around.  AND I STILL HAVE A LOT TO LEARN!)

~ Last but not least…PRAY OFTEN!

Have a Schedule

Having a schedule that works well with your family and sticking to it will help to reduce the stress of homeschooling.  We plan our school around my husband’s work schedule.  When he worked early and only 4 days a week, then we started early and had an extra day off.  When his work day schedule changed and he went to work later, then our school day started later.  Our children get the same days off of school as my husband.  Once we get into a routine of starting school first thing and going until we’re finished, then our days usually run smoothly and things get done.

Include lesson plans, grading, cleaning, and laundry into your schedule too.  Have routines and teach your children to have routines also.

Plan a day at least once a month where the kids do some reading and assignments on their own but you don’t do any school work with them. This will help them learn independence and also give you a chance to catch up on your work, nap or just enjoy a piece of chocolate cake.  OK ~ that was random…but you get the idea.

Exercise

I love to workout and dance but since my kidney surgery a year ago, my bladder and kidney hurt so badly whenever I do anything.  But I found that even doing simple exercises help so much.  I will do 10 squats, 10 crunches, 10 push-ups, 10 second plank, and 10 battements (ballet leg kicks) on each side.  This all takes me less than 5 minutes to do but it’s a good workout and doesn’t hurt my kidney and bladder too much.

It’s important that the kids play outside to get their exercise.  We will go check the mail (with our steep driveway, this is exercise in and of itself) and then walk around our property.  Sometimes we’ll run around our house.  It’s quick and simple but it works.  Exercise and activity are more important than we realize.  It not only helps with basic overall health but it can prevent neurological and some behavior problems.


For more great homeschooling ideas see my other posts ~ Kindergarten is the HARDEST! (Part 1) and Kindergarten is the HARDEST! (Part 2)


 

Schedule Fun

I probably don’t need to say this but I will just for the heck of it ~ HAVE FUN!  Go to the library, the park, swim and go on field trips.  Make crafts, make messes or do school outside!

Quiet Time

This should be the first and most important thing ~ Spend time with God by reading the bible and praying every single day.  People who have a relationship with God and spend time with Him regularly are able to handle stressful days better than those who do not.  God is your Rock and He loves you so much.  He is also crazy about your children and He wants you to bless your kids.  Look to Him.  Seek Him.  Trust Him.  

This year, I have been using the Blue Letter Bible App on my phone to read through the bible in a year chronologically.  It’s AWESOME!!!  I’ve always read regularly but this is the first time I’ve read chronologically.  I love reading the Psalms and Proverbs at the same time as Kings and Chronicles.  It’s super cool.

Conclusion

Slow down

Get organized

Don’t do too much

Make a list

Take breaks

Exercise

Be consistent

Don’t let criticism and behavior challenges wear you down

Pray for strength

Rely on the Lord

EAT CHOCOLATE!

There you have it.  Even more great ways to handling stress with grace and dignity! You’re doing a great job, pretty mama.  Keep it up!

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6 Ways to Save Money on Homeschool Curriculum

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The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent

I technically gave it up the Sunday before lent and stopped Facebook, Twitter and Linked-In stalking and posting.  A well needed break from the distraction of all these sites were essential as I was knee-deep, no, drowning in my responsibilities at home.  There had to be a way for me to stay on top of my life without feeling like I was in survival mode all the time.  This list sounds more like a new year’s resolution but since lent was just around the corner, I decided to use that as a timeline to get my life back on track.

In addition, writing this blog has been a dream of mine for sometime and it’s a blast for me to stay on top of my articles.  But I didn’t want my weekly post to become a stress for me and my family.  So I took a break from that too.  (Well ~ sort of ~ still wrote ~ just wrote differently to make it easier.)

So what will happen when I unplug and take a break?  Will I figure out my life?  Why am I treading water at this time in my existence anyway?  There are times when life’s challenges launch me into survival mode but I shouldn’t be feeling like that all the time.  Definitely time for me to be on my knees in prayer.  Here’s a peek inside my thoughts to see if I can determine the cause of my chaos and find the secret to successful living.

~ Reflection ~

Priority #1:  I have a lot on my plate and I want to make sure my focus stays on God no matter what season I am in life or what I have going on.  An important priority for me is to put God first.  Focus on God, spend time with Him, read the bible, pray without ceasing and listen!  This is my number one priority.  God can help me and lead me in these changes I’m desperate to make right now.

Seek first the kingdom of God and His Righteousness, and He will give you everything you need.  Matthew 6:33

Priority #2:  From my homeschooling perspective, life is a piece of cake (comparatively speaking, of course.)  I’ve had my fill of homeschooling two in high school, two elementary, while having a baby, at the same time as teaching four ballet classes in our home and one class at our homeschool group.  Now that I only have 3 homeschooling children which makes teaching less demanding, my homeschooling challenge at the moment is to make sure I have plenty of time to study and make curriculum for my kids. Tons of fun but takes awhile to complete ~ so definitely a priority for me.

Priority #3:  Time consuming attitude issues are a concern in the kid sector right now so I’m needing to be creative and clever with “out-stubborning” my offspring.  (You know it’s rough when one uses “stubborn” as a verb!)  I feel like my creative juices are lacking in the “young human problem solving” department.  I should be a pro by now with all my kid raising experience (HAHA!) but no ~ I am at a loss.  Love, consistency and trust in the Lord is all I have to offer the dilemma currently taking over our household.  This is both time consuming and exhausting.  As we continue to work on this, we’re already seeing some improvement.  See what a little love, focus, diligence, consistency and a lot of prayer can accomplish?  Goodbye distractions!  I’ve got important work to do!

Priority #4:  Another time consuming struggle is managing our 6-year old’s diabetes (well, I guess he’s 7 now, having a birthday after writing this). It’s like trying to manage body temperature if the body is broken and won’t regulate the temperature anymore.  Giving medicine to prevent it from going too high and treating it if it goes too low.  And having to take into account, the weather, temperature, what their wearing, and how they’re feeling before calculating the medicine, plus constantly taking their temperature to make sure it’s in the safe zone 24/7.  That’s how it is with taking care of Type 1 Diabetes except it is managing his blood sugar. Checking blood sugars, calculating carbs, figuring out insulin dose, giving insulin shots, treating low blood sugar, inserting his sensor, and doctor appointments are a constant for us ~ 24/7.  It’s hard but we’re getting the hang of it and managing it well.  This will always be a huge part of our lives and a massive priority to stay on top of it correctly. Thankfully, we have our whole family taking part in handling this including our 7-year old who is a master at keeping an eye on his blood sugar and detecting lows before his Dexcom sensor does.

Priority #5:  I also decided to do the Whole30 diet from March 1- 30.  I did this diet last year and felt amazing. (Read about it here.)  My main objective is to lose the 25 pounds I keep gaining.  I’m not really feeling enthusiastic about doing this diet because that’s a long time to neglect my chocolate addiction. But that extra 25 pound thing is really pestering me so I’m going to suffer  push through it.

Last But Not Least ~ Priority #6: Probably the biggest obstacle in my life right now that has been an ongoing relentless process for years is ~ PURGING.  My problem is that although I have taken decluttering more seriously recently than I have in long time, I still struggle with trying to organize my mess instead of doing a significant amount of clearing out my stuff.  About 3/4 of our belongings are being stored ~ unused ~ which makes it nearly impossible to find the 1/4 of the things we use most of the time because of the clutter.  But where do I start and what do I do?

I have serious difficulty with getting rid of things.  I can talk myself into keeping anything better than a young child with his blankie.  I’m an expert with over 40 years of experience in justifying my junk.  I’m surprised I’m not a hoarder.  (Well~ Actually ~ I am secretly and it’s hidden in the depths of my closet and in each cupboard which continuously spills into the rest of our home.)

When it comes to true purging to make my life easier ~ I hit a brick wall every time.  I end up cleaning and organizing but it’s not making my workload lighter in the long-run because the stuff is still there.  So purging is a necessity and overcoming my mental block is a must.

I’ve challenged myself to purge, get rid of, clear out, clean up ~ whatever it takes ~ before Easter!  I’m the only “hoarder” in my home so I don’t have to worry about any meltdowns from my family.  ONLY ME!

 


~ Conclusion ~

Priority #1 ~ Spend time seeking God and knowing Him better.
Priority #2 ~ Making sure I have plenty of time for creating homeschooling curriculum.
Priority #3 ~ Promote positive attitudes in our home.
Priority #4 ~ Stay ahead of diabetes.  This life-threatening matter is an urgent priority that will be a part of our lives forever!
Priority #5 ~ Stick with the whole30 diet for 30 days so I will lose 25 pounds.  (Chocolate will be waiting for me when I’m finished ~ with boundaries, of course!)
Priority #6 ~ P U R G E & O R G A N I Z E our home.

Finally:  I will reveal my progress in each of these areas next week.  So~ how did I do?  What did I learn?  What did I accomplish?  Am I still treading water, sailing or somewhere in between?  Do I have time for the important things in my life?  Did I diminish in size or did chocolate distract me from completing my diet? What about my clutter?  Whew! I’m tired just writing this!  I’ll let you know how it all went next week.  Stay tuned!


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Kindergarten is the Hardest! (Part 2)

6 Ways to Save Money on Homeschool Curriculum

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6 Ways To Save Money on Homeschool Curriculum

Saving money on homeschool curriculum is a big one for me. We’ve been homeschooling for 18-years and it can be down right expensive! It’s actually a pet peeve of mine that homeschooling stuff if so expensive (although I understand) when most of us homeschoolers are trying to live on one income. But I have a few tricks up my sleeve to help you homeschool without breaking the bank.

1. Make your own curriculum

 I REALLY enjoy making curriculum for my kids! When I first started homeschooling that is all I did. I bought a few things here and there but I pretty much made everything myself. But when my kids started junior high, I started buying curriculum because I was unsure of myself and worried if I could be thorough. I spent a lot of money, even though I bought the less expensive curriculum. I ended up re-adjusting the instructor guides to make it the way I like it and not using all of the books, which made spending all of that money worse. So, although I still buy some things, I went back to making my own curriculum. It’s a lot more cost effective, a lot more fun and a lot less aggravating.

HELPFUL TIPS: This is the strategy (and books) I use for making my own curriculum.

~I have them read a good book and we read aloud

~they work through a good workbook (Spectrum, Wordly Wise, Explode the Code, Latin, Writing and Rhetoric, etc.)

~flash cards every day (vocabulary from each subject etc.)

~Bible reading and write about it every day (I also do devotions with them twice a week)

~I get nonfiction books from the library and have them read them and write about them

~I make my own educational activity sheets from library books or readers

~I have them write vocabulary words from their readers or read alouds and use as flash cards

~ memorize bible verses then recite to the family

~ here are more ideas from my homeschooling Kindergarten blog

I also use Apologia for Science and…

…Horizons and Saxon for math.

~ I use books from the library and Pinterest for art (again… check out my homeschooling Kindergarten blogs for more ideas!)

2. Use catalogs

 I use homeschool catalogs to get ideas for making my own curriculum. I also buy supplies from these companies but I don’t buy a lot. So I feel like I’m still supporting these businesses while at the same time, saving a lot of money on curriculum. Mixing up buying curriculum and making it myself has been extremely helpful in having a complete set without spending too much money.

3. Compare prices

 I always compare prices on eBay, Craigslist and other online companies. And I’m generally won over by free shipping. Because it has been cheaper and more cost effective, I’ve been buying brand new books from my favorite homeschool companies. Buying used hasn’t been great for me lately but I still look just in case. The exception is math textbooks. eBay has won my heart in buying Saxon Math books although I really love my brand new Algebra 2 textbooks I got from Christian Book Distributors several years ago.  A friend blessed us with a couple Teaching Textbooks CDs that are good too.

BY THE WAY: In case you’re wondering what my favorite companies are for homeschooling, I use:

Sonlight Curriculum

Alpha and Omega Publications

Classical Academic Press

Christian Book Distributors (CBD) (this is where I buy most of my stuff)

I don’t get paid to promote any of these companies or products.  I’m just sharing what we use and what we like!  😀

4. Look for free shipping

 I already said this but since I LOVE free shipping, I’ll say it again. Some companies offer free shipping if you spend a certain amount so I’d wait until I needed that amount of books and then I’d buy to get the free shipping. Thankfully, for readers and read alouds, I don’t need anymore for awhile WHEW! But I bought them brand new from Sonlight making sure I got free shipping!

5. Buy only what you need

 The temptation to buy a whole bunch of curriculum or buy for the year is great. Don’t do it!! I buy only what I need. I make a “grocery” list of things I need and stick with it. If I’m trying to get free shipping, then I wait until I have enough for free shipping.

6. Outdated books

 You can get a lot of great classics and homeschool curriculum on a thumb drive on eBay. I got 400 books for $30. I print them out as I need them. G.A. Henty, Encyclopedia from 1911, McGuffey’s Readers, Bobbsey Twins, Harvard’s classics etc.


ALSO: I don’t use a lot of online or computer curriculum but our kids do practice their math on Khanacademy.org and their typing on this site.  They also sometimes take free online classes from our local library.

What are your favorite educational websites?


What curriculum do you use for your homeschool?  Do you make your own curriculum?  Please share any money saving tips you may have.  I’d love to hear from you!!  If you like this post ~ please share it with others!  🙂

THANK YOU & GOD BLESS!