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Friday, October 20, 2017

Need Some Encouragement?

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As we are wrapping up our 1st term this school year, you may be feeling like me…  A tad bit overwhelmed, burned out, or just generally ill-equipped to balance this whole parenting + homeschooling + the rest of regular life stuff.  If you can relate then I encourage you to join me for the Homeschool Teaching Summit

It will refresh your excitement for this homeschool journey we are on, equip you with practical teaching tools, and transform your vision for Christian education and discipleship.  I am so excited to learn from these speakers and prepare myself for the rest of this school year as I lead my children in Christ-like teaching. 

Want to know the BEST part?  It is all online and it is FREE so you can snuggle up in your pajamas + grab a cup of yummy tea and never have to fight those vendor hall crowds. Ha!!

Just look at this great line-up of speakers…

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Most importantly, each video from this event will focus on the truth found in God’s Word and the hope that lies in trusting in Jesus Christ for today and for the future.

All of the video interviews bring a Christ-centered focus to these topics:

  • Teaching Foundations (the big-picture homeschooling vision)

  • Teaching Mechanics (teaching how-tos and strategies)

  • Teaching “That” Kid (struggling learners and parenting helps)

  • Teaching with Sanity (schedules and simplicity)

  • Teaching for Eternity (Gospel-powered homeschooling)

I encourage you to sign up today for the Homeschool Teaching Summit so you can join me in being refreshed, equipped, and transformed on the journey toward teaching our children for God’s glory!

Happy Homeschooling!!
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Pilgrims + Living Math + Volcanoes… Oh My!!

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Take a Look Tuesday

Happy Tuesday!  Today I am sharing a few family favorites that we have been enjoying lately.  It is a wide variety of titles today so hang on…  Pilgrims + Living Math + Volcanoes.  Oh My!!

Thanks for tuning in for this week’s Take A Look Tuesday episode.  I love chatting with you all live. 

So tell me…  What books are your family enjoying this month?  Do you have some favorite easy chapter book recommendations for my beginner reader? 

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Want your own copy of these books for your family’s library?
Simply click on the photos + links below.

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Counting on Fall

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Pompeii…  Buried Alive!

Happy Reading!
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Monday, October 16, 2017

Thoughts on Habits

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Caleb Davis – 5 Years Old

Good habits can be some of your child’s best friends.  Getting up early (and cheerfully), daily Bible reading, cleanliness, punctuality, planning, good diet…  if they are an automatic part of his life, they will save your child much time, pain, and stress as an adult and free him for productivity.     ~  Karen Andereola

Charlotte Mason talks A LOT about habits in her writings and this is one area that can be such a growing pain for everyone in the family because we ALL need to strengthen those habit muscles.  I encourage you to pick just 1 habit for 4 – 6 weeks and focus on this with your children.  For our family right now, it is obedience.  This is one that we come back to again and again at the beginning of each school year.

Trust me Mama…  This area is NOT an easy one but it is SO WORTH IT to lay down the rails of good habits in our children’s lives.  If we can train them in good discipline, it will be far more worth it than any math lesson we could teach them this week. 

What habits are you working on with your family right now?
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Boy and the Rose

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Today I am sharing a heart to heart book for your older children.  At some point in our parenting journey, we all have to have those “deep” conversations and this book from Queen Homeschooling is the perfect starting point to make those big and juicy conversations happen with our children.


This video originally aired live on Facebook.

Want your own copy of The Boy and The Rose?  You can find it here

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The artist – Breezy Brookshire - that I mention can be found over at The Breezy Tulip Studio.

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This is the particular art print that I mentioned was on my wish list.  It is called Storytime with Mama.  Isn’t it precious?  I so want this framed in our home.  LOVE It!! 

So tell me…  Have you read this book?  Do you have a favorite illustrator that draws you in no matter what the book is about? 

Happy Reading Friends!!
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Monday, September 25, 2017

Thoughts on Education

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Emma Lee – 14 Months

What is an education?  I believe that one important thing about an educated person is the realization that learning never comes to an end in this life, and probably goes on throughout all eternity.  ~  Edith Schaeffer, What is a Family?

I think one of the greatest gifts we can give our children is a love of learning.  This is a true gift that they can keep with them throughout their entire lives and hopefully it will be one that will be a blessing to them long after they have left our nests. 

Have a blessed Monday friends,
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Motherhood Monday :: Thoughts on Habits

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Walker Oak – 1 month old

Good habits can be some of your child’s best friends.  Getting up early (and cheerfully), daily Bible reading, cleanliness, punctuality, planning, good diet…  if they are an automatic part of his life, they will save your child much time, pain, and stress as an adult and free him for productivity.  ~  Karen Anderola

Ask yourself this very important question today… 

What best friends are you introducing into your child’s life?

Blessings as you walk this very important journey that God has you on,
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Friday, September 15, 2017

Q and A Friday

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On today’s Q and A Friday chat, I share about our week + answer your questions about how our weekly checklists work in our homeschool. 

This aired live on Facebook.  You can hop over there to view all the comments from live viewers.

I had so much fun chatting with all of you today.  I am looking forward to our next live broadcast together.  Follow me on Facebook or Instagram so you do not miss it. 

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Fun Mail

Don’t you just love fun mail?  I do too!!

I hopped on InstagramLive today for a fun unboxing of some new goodies that I had just received from Rocky Mountain Oils.  Take a peek at what was in my current haul and you just might spot a cute newborn baby boy at the end.

Have a great Thursday friends!!
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Monday, September 11, 2017

Motherhood Monday - Keep Their Hearts

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Joy Lynn – 3 years old.

“It is a great thing for a parent to have such sympathy with his child that his child can tell him freely of his worst thoughts or his greatest failures without any fear of seeming to shock that parent, and so chill the child’s confidence.”
~ H. Clay Trumbull, Hints on Child Training

One of the most important parts of mothering is keeping our child’s heart.  We can do a lot of things right and a lot of things wrong but I truly believe this should be one of our MAIN goals to focus on each and every day when it comes to parenting.  We want our children to come to us with the big stuff AND the little stuff.  No matter what their ages!!  We want them to know we are a safe spot to share their hearts. 

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Curriculum Choices :: 2017-2018

It’s a new school year and that means new books + curriculum. 
Take a peek to see what resources we are using this school year…

Family Studies

Family Studies – Together Time – Family Subjects

Whatever you call it… 

These are the subjects that we do all together and they are some of my favorite parts of #OurDaysTogether.

Bible Study

Character/Habit Study

History + Geography

Science

Enrichment


Individual Studies – 7th Grade

These are the resources that we have chosen for Caleb Davis (12 years old) this school year. 

Math

Literature

  • Caleb Davis reads various books based on a variety of topics and genres.  You can take a peek at what he is reading throughout the school year using the hashtags #OurLittleLibrary and #7thGradeLiterature.  I post peeks at what he is reading over on Facebook and Instagram

Language Arts

Science

Computer

Foreign Language

Habits and Personal Development

Extracurriculiar Activities


Monday, September 4, 2017

Motherhood Monday - A Mother's Heart

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"The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom." ~ Henry Ward Beecher

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Joy Lynn – 4 Years Old, Emma Lee – 6 Years Old, and Bennett Lawson – 9 Months Old


It really does not matter whether you have a schoolroom, a dining room table that you pack away at the end of the day for family dinners, a backpack that you take to the park or library, a computer that goes with you on road trips, etc...

Mama, it basically boils down to your attitude + heart that will determine your child's learning atmosphere. Look for little ways to love + encourage your children today.

Enjoy those babies this week,
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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Check Out My New Channel!

Guess what guys… 

I created a YouTube channel and my 1st video is up!! Check out the fun "Back to Homeschool" tag where I share all my emotions about starting the 2017-2018 school year.

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I plan to add more videos in the days ahead + gather all my Periscope archives and get those uploaded for you all to enjoy.

Happy Homeschooling!!
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