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Surround Yourself with Encouragement

Never Go It Alone

Have you noticed how much easier it is to stick with something (diet, beliefs, hobby, exercise) if you are in it with someone else? A partner or a group provide accountability and encouragement.

The same is true with your homeschool journey. Surrounding yourself with a community of homeschoolers will help you stay the course for the long haul.

There are numerous connection points available for homeschoolers. You can search for existing groups locally, regionally, and online.

Feb 22, 2019 Continue Reading

Overcome the Dread of Bed

Choose Living Books

twad·dle

/ˈtwädl/

INFORMAL
noun
1. trivial or foolish speech or writing; nonsense.
"he dismissed the novel as self-indulgent twaddle"

Which would you rather read at bedtime: My Little Pony or Winnie the Pooh? “My Little Pony Friends Forever” bores me to tears. While “The House at Pooh Corner” always causes me to tear up at the end. The difference between mind-numbing twaddle and the engaging quality of a living book is pretty easy to spot.

Dec 11, 2018 Continue Reading

Character Development

Through Habit Training

Before I wrote "Laying Down the Rails for Children", our homeschool group met to figure out how to do habit training with our kids. We were at a loss.

Charts and Activities

Some ladies started using a chart. They would give a mark anytime their child displayed a habit they were working on. After tallying up a specific number of marks the child would receive a reward.

One of the ladies found activities that helped her children put habits into practice. There are several ways to help your child focus on a habit:

Nov 27, 2018 Continue Reading

Making the Most of Your Time

Busy Just to be Busy?

Are we making the most of the time we have to raise our children? It is fleeting. And it is easily stolen by outside influences. We can choose to slow down and spend the time necessary to raise our children. It is an important job that no one else can do as well as we can if we apply ourselves.

We tend to live as if everyone outside of our family is more important. Neighbors, homeschool functions, co-ops, field trips, classes, sports - a lot of activities compete for our time. Many of which eat away the quiet time our children need. And too much noise drowns out our voice as a parent.

Oct 29, 2018 Continue Reading

Meaning in the Mundane

Daily Life Overflows With Daily Life

"Pleasant ways and kindly words and simple duty-doing, in these things of every day life Christ is manifested." Charlotte Mason, Scale How Mediations

I want to do great things! I want to change the world! I want to put a dent in the universe! Meaning is one of the many reasons that a lot of us chose to homeschool. Homeschooling is hard but it’s important.

Oct 01, 2018 Continue Reading

Kids Are People Too

Just Like Me And You

Have you ever demeaned children in your mind? You might think,

"They're just kids, they don't care if

.... their toys are broken.

.... their food is cold.

.... their gifts are trinkets and twaddle.

....I forget what I promised them."

And sometimes children don't seem to care. They don't want their hair combed or their clothes to match. They just want candy and Sponge Bob.

Often they don't know what’s good for them. But they do know when we treat them as less than a person. And they know something’s not right about that even if they can’t articulate it.

Sep 17, 2018 Continue Reading

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