One thing have I asked of the LORD, that I will seek after…(Ps. 27:4a) In this crowded 21st century life, it’s hard to zero in on one thing to ask of the Lord. As a home educator, many things vie for attention: children, spouse, house, activities of all kinds, not the least
The end of the academic school year comes with mixed emotions: relief, elation, excitement, bittersweetness, or perhaps a twinge of sadness if it’s the year my last child graduates. I label it “good” if my children make reasonable or exceptional academic progress. Perhaps one child overcame that math hang-up. I finished all but one
Today began as every other day. I brewed a cup of coffee, refilled my water bottle, and headed into the den for a quiet time with the Lord. A time of meditation on God’s Word, prayers of praise and supplication, accompanied by morning joe. I sipped the warm elixir from a delicate, magnolia-decorated mug.
The promises in God’s Word of the benefits of being addicted to righteousness wash over me like a jubilant flood as I envision myself, my family, and my world immersed in it. Who wouldn’t? Righteousness… Provides escape from trouble (Prov. 12:13) Becomes a guide to his neighbors (family, friend, acquaintances, strangers) (Prov. 12:26) Is rewarded
“What curriculum do you use?” It’s the most common conversation starter in homeschool circles. Why not? We all want to know the best curriculum, and it’s a great way to break the ice when meeting a fellow home educator for the first time. It’s a topic of immediate common interest. Choosing the best curriculum is,
Who am I? What in the world am I doing? Those incessant, unanswerable questions reverberated through my consciousness like an endless ping-pong game. Every new homeschool day began with a question of conscience and disorientation: What am I supposed to be doing today? My first year of homeschooling, I set out to discover some
As a homeschool parent, teacher, and human being, I’ve experienced my share of oh-no! days. I imagine you have, too. In fact, yesterday was nearly an oh-no! day, but writing this blog turned it into an ah-yes! day. These all-too-familiar hallmarks point to that oh-no! day: Arguing Glaring, staring, yelling Silence, drooped heads Shut
I want to set the record straight: you are NOT the cause of your child’s learning failures, inability to pay attention, or frequently inappropriate behaviors. Blame does not lie (100%) on your curriculum choices, daily schedule, or child-raising philosophy. Rather the culprit is something involuntary and unintentional. No amount of scolding, yelling, crying, or