Homeschooling with a Calm Spirit

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Homeschooling with a Calm Spirit

As I mature, pursuit of a calm and a peaceful spirit transforms me.  Remembering that "the days are long, but the years are short", definitely applies to homeschooling.  Before me sits a child who God gave me to nurture into a Godly man or woman.  Childhood is the bridge between these points.  Every day behind impresses the years ahead.  Sometimes I stand in complete awe at the breadth of life already past in this journey of mothering.  

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Garden Fresh Year-Round

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Garden Fresh Year-Round

Thinking ahead to cooler days of fall and winter, our family is putting up pureed tomatoes in the freezer.  Comfort food for these seasons include a variety of fresh soup started early in the morning.  On days when we plan to be home all day, I make my coffee, turn the laundry and start soup for the day. Throughout the day we devour soup with homemade bread and fresh salads. Gotta love stay-at-home days.

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Welcome to a Clean Homeschool Room

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Welcome to a Clean Homeschool Room

Create a clean, easy to love homeschool room that will welcome you back to a fresh new start in the fall. 

Nothing is worse than coming into the beginning of something only to find that you need to stop and clean up from what happened earlier.  Waiting until fall could feasibly delay your school year launch and inevitably start everything off behind.  Likewise, stepping into a brand new school year with a clean space that has been gutted and restocked, jumpstarts everyone toward success. While these ideas are not all inclusive, they are helpful!  Many come from working to avoid a delay I experienced in my early years on this journey of educating my children.

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10 Ways to Save Money on Homeschooling

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10 Ways to Save Money on Homeschooling

Whether you are just beginning your homeschool journey or are somewhere down the road, the cost of homeschooling is not a small concern.  On this twenty year journey, I have found ways to save.  Discover new ways to eliminate costs in one or more of these ten ways to save money on homeschooling.

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The Joy of Giving

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The Joy of Giving

One of the best things we can teach our children is the joy of giving.  The past two Decembers several of our children served Christmas dinner to some local World War II veterans.  The students listened to their inspiring stories and gifted them with thank you notes.  What a privilege that our children could be exposed to these men who bravely served our country.

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High Hopes & Low Expectations for Christmas

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High Hopes & Low Expectations for Christmas

As we enter this new month, I propose a new thinking.  Why not approach this entire season with high hopes and low expectations?  High hopes for a renewed sense of joy, family, spiritual insight, memories, and enjoying the activities of Christmas.  Low expectations of myself being superwoman. Low expectations of my kids being perfect and more well-behaved.  Low expectations for my husband to meet my expectations. Low expectations for others in terms of what they might do for us. Finally, low expectations for next year and how it will be completely different.  When hopes are high and expectations low, it is easier to be delighted and grateful.

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When the Game is Over

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When the Game is Over

As a former rough water lifeguard and eager health enthusiast, I completely support physical exercise being part of growing a whole child.  However, I struggle with the emphasis on sports in today’s youth culture.  Every kid walks away from their chosen sport someday…….then what?  Many coaches and parents fail to identify the lifetime value of sports because they falsely assume they are training the next state champs.  

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Dehumanizing Our Daughters

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Dehumanizing Our Daughters

As a mom of two beautiful daughters, the topic of beauty materializes often.  This article is intended to encourage the validation of the beauty in your daughter and mine.  It is imperative that we speak intentionally to the dehumanizing of our daughters by the culture. What are the messages they hear which define beauty?

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Saving Without Scissors - Food Costs

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Saving Without Scissors - Food Costs

What does your family spend monthly on food?

What motivates you to be a steward of the funds God has provided you?

Due to the financial strain families feel in the current economy, discussions about food costs occur more frequently than ever.   In the last two years, I have been privileged to speak at numerous women’s events on the subject of saving money on groceries. While I do use coupons to significantly impact my grocery shopping, I entitled my speech "Saving Without Scissors".  The following include some of the ideas from my  presentations.

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Ten Ideas for Organizing Your Homeschool Space

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Ten Ideas for Organizing Your Homeschool Space

When your space is organized, your determined routine flows smoothly.  Since homeschooling is hard every day, why not make it easier by creating improved function that fits you and your kids.  Devise spaces that generate better results with cheery colors, fun storage and clearly placed school items. Perhaps some of these ideas will help launch your school days into more pleasant, streamlined hours. 

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Raising a Writer

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Raising a Writer

As moms we eagerly work to give our kids the skills they need to be a success in life.  One of the most important abilities we all desire for our child is the ability to communicate effectively. This requires thinking, speaking and writing prowess.  With a few intentional moves, your child can be a phenomenal writer.  Here are few thoughts about bringing your student along from the beginning so that you RAISE a WRITER.

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Book Excerpt: WHY Homeschool?

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Book Excerpt: WHY Homeschool?

The true answer to this question is that all kinds of people choose to homeschool for a wide variety of reasons. Everyone from lawyers to plumbers to teachers to doctors to pilots select home education for their child. While the reasons are widely varied, here are a few of the popular reasons:

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Laundry Simplified

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Laundry Simplified

Laundry seems to be a burden to so many.  Several moms have asked how our family does laundry.  Perhaps the size of our family leads to the belief that we have a “system”. All I can relate is how laundry works into our schedule. Once a system is in place, prepare to be flexible. Don't complicate a simple task!

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Need More Time?

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Need More Time?

Looking for ideas to boost efficiency in your daily routines?
Scrutinizing your everyday with the goal of more play time and more learning time created by less housework?  Contemplating a new scheme for less energy extended toward house maintenance?  Consider a few of these ideas to improve your management of home and time.

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Ready For Rest

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Ready For Rest

While I am "intentional" about work, I am equally "intentional" about play. Some may find this humorous. However, just as work is more productive when planned, play is often more fun when planned. Sometimes we plan to do nothing. On days when the weather is perfect, we plan to be ENOing!!

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Packing for College Life

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Packing for College Life

Just yesterday it seems we started her senior year. A day later we worked on announcements, a white dress and the celebration party. Yet, it is time to shop for her dorm room. The summer, which seems to offer long days, will soon evaporate into the infamous late summer move-in day. 

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The Value of a Mom

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The Value of a Mom

Being a mom is hard work every day. To be entrusted with the life, health and development of a tiny human growing into a mature, reflective and capable adult takes commitment and prayer. A mother’s investment insists on time and energy covered with prayer and hope. If you are a mom look beyond the daily busyness. Look to the future results of each of your everyday activities. Stop to plan. Dream goals. Implement. 

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Go For It!

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Go For It!

Since I have always been one for adventure, the seriousness of the day to day of mothering and domestic chores prompted me to jump out of an airplane.  The truth is, I have always wanted to hang glide. My husband, who has been a licensed pilot since age 17, understands the urge to “fly”.  However, he does not share my interest in hang gliding or jumping out of an airplane. 

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