Last week's Scripture memorization verse is Matthew 5:8: "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." (KJV) I also really like the version of this Scripture from The Message: "You're blessed when you get your inside world - your mind and heart - put right. Then you can see God in the outside world." I have most often seen this verse referenced in sermons, books, blogs, and conversations about sexual purity, and I have seen lots of resources for parents around teaching your child about sexual purity. Please hear me when I say that I do think this is important, but I also believe Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Christmas was always a big deal in my family growing up, and we had lots of traditions to go along with it. Every nook and cranny of our house was decorated -- a process that took several days. Then there was the multitude of family gatherings. It started with the trip to my great-aunt’s house each year on the Sunday before Christmas for an extended family Christmas celebration. Aunts, uncles, cousins, second cousins, third cousins once removed. There were a lot of us. Then there was Christmas Eve at my aunt and uncle’s house for dinner, Happy Birthday Baby Jesus cake, and carol singing; Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
I have the opportunity to serve as a staff member with Operation Christmas Child, and it is truly a blessing. OCC is a ministry of Samaritan's Purse that strives to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way to needy children around the world and, together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. It is an incredible ministry that touches the lives of millions of children every year who have been impacted by war, disease, poverty, and natural disasters. Each year, people all over the US and in several other countries lovingly pack shoe boxes with toys, school Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
There are a dizzying variety of homeschool curriculum choices out there. In fact, a recent internet search for "homeschool curriculum" returned over 4.6 million results. Buy used homeschool curriculum. Homeschool curriculum swap. Your one-stop homeschool curriculum shop. Even deciding where to buy your homeschool curriculum can be overwhelming, much less which curriculum to buy. Charlotte Mason. Waldorf. Classical Education. The list goes on and on. No wonder the top question I've gotten from those who are even newer to the homeschool life than our family is, "How on earth do you Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Recently during vacation with our family, my sister and brother-in-law, and my parents, we found ourselves discussing which foods are classified as fruits and which are classified as vegetables. Don't ask. We often get in interesting debates. Plus, we're a little weird. During this discussion, my husband reminded me of a quote I have heard several times: "Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing that it doesn't belong in fruit salad." (This quote, by the way, is attributed to Miles Kington, a British journalist, musician, and broadcaster.) In light of the Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
In the summer of 1996, I worked at a "sleep away" camp. I could tell from almost the first day of training that working at this camp was not at all what I thought it would be. I would be lying if I said that I wasn't quickly pretty miserable to be there. Okay, I was really miserable. This was in ancient times before many people had cellphones and when email was in its beginning stages. We had one phone at camp and one opportunity each week to use it. On top of being frustrated and miserable, I felt pretty isolated from the rest of the world and separated from everyone I cared about and Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
I know that there are many families who officially homeschool year-round, but ours does not. Maybe it's a hold-over from our public school days, but we start school in August and end in May. Or at least I thought we did. Being in the second summer of our homeschooling adventure, I'm finding that the line between "in school" and "out of school" is becoming more blurred at the end of each school year. Does the fact that the calendar turned from May 31st to June 1st mean that some crazy switch turned off in our son's brain and he stopped learning or wanting to learn? Well, no, of course not, Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
When we first started homeschooling, I will fully admit that I tried to recreate school at home. Yes, yes, many warned me not to. And I swore I wouldn't. But our son was coming from a background of several years in public school and I was coming from a traditional classroom teaching background. So I have an excuse; at least that's what I tell myself and others. I didn't necessarily try to recreate the school environment. I was perfectly comfortable if our son wanted to lie on the couch to do his school work. Or if he wanted to sit on our porch. Or if he wanted to climb up in a tree. Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Before we began homeschooling, our son attended public school. I will never forget the day that our then 6-year-old came home and reported to us that someone had said the "S word" at school. You can imagine my thoughts. I asked him what they said and assured him that he wouldn't get in trouble for telling me. He leaned in and whispered to me in his cute little kindergarten voice, "She called another girl stupid!" Of course, I told him that we should never call another person stupid, but I was more than a little relieved that that was the "S word" we were talking about. As homeschooling Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
I'm pretty sure that I was bitten by the "teacher bug" shortly after birth. I can still picture the 1950's-era school desks that my grandmother had in her basement and remember the joy that I got from "teaching" my younger cousins. My lessons were complete with handwritten worksheets, manipulatives, and report cards. I'm not sure how much my cousins enjoyed these lessons, but they were always good sports and willing victims students. I can remember sitting in a circle on the floor with a bunch of kids at my younger sister's birthday party; she would have been 5 and I was almost 13. I was Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.