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Homeschooling Through the Holidays

take a break from homeschool
  More often than not, the holiday season comes and goes in a whirlwind with activities and events that seem to fill every available hour. In some homeschools, schoolwork takes a back seat until January. Instead of carrying on with traditional assignments, time is spent on making crafts for gift giving or preparing special meals.
autumn art
  Autumn is the season when families stay indoors longer. Indoor activities begin taking center stage. One of the best ideas for autumn is to combine an indoor activity with autumn home decorating projects. Here are some autumn art ideas that the whole family can participate in to help decorate the family home. Bring Nature

Thank You Lord

practicing thankfulness
  An old Don Moen song resonates with me when I say, “Thank you, Lord.” It’s so easy to sing this during family worship time or hum along to it when I’m taking some time to myself. Then, I feel the truth of the words, the gratitude overflowing. But how the feeling dims, when the

Did the Pilgrims Shelter Their Children?

the story of thanksgiving
  Nearly 400 years ago, a community of English families defied fear, suffering, death, and the Atlantic Ocean to create a home among violent tribes in a wild land. Their conviction mirrors very much the same that birthed the modern homeschool movement—mainly concern for their children’s souls. Like many homeschoolers, the Pilgrims were unwilling for

Longing for Home

make your home
  My family has just ended a super busy season in our lives. Those of you with more than one child in more than one activity can relate, I’m sure. I’m not complaining. It’s been a good kind of busy with one child spreading her wings into the world of high school sports; while the

Do You Have an Attitude of Gratitude?

what is gratitude
  What do you think of when you hear the word gratitude? I think of it as having a grateful heart for what we have been given. It’s more than just being thankful. It’s being content with what we have. I believe gratitude is a character quality that we all need to work on. We

Dangerous Mentoring – The Bright Side

risk is good
  As a science teacher, I’m always checking the news to see if there are any new discoveries or items of interest for my science students. Recently, an article on WebMD caught my eye: “Is Dirt Good for Kids?” It’s a discussion of the “hygiene hypothesis,” which holds that children have fewer occurrences of allergies,

Hey Mama Monday

Hey Mama
  Hey Mama, Even on the worst day, was it all worth it? Would you change a thing? Put those kids back where they came from and never look back? In the moments of frustration and even grief (and those moments do come) with our children, when they are being so foolish and illogical .
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