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6 Prayers for the Homeschooling Momma

Yep, it’s about that time. The time of year when you begin to re-evaluate and question options for the next school year, all while holding on to a glimmer of hope that you can finish out this year without any major catastrophes. You just want your kiddos to be able to work together and prevail – to reach that goal line (you know the one you set in place last year around this very same time). But, in complete honesty, as you steamroll ahead, you must admit that you're a tad burned out. And that’s understandable. This year was going to be different (in a good way), and while it has held many blessings, it has brought forth a new set of challenges as well.You reach for the coffee on the stained-covered table that is scattered with books and pencils galore only to find it is no longer there. The cup must have meandered back into the kitchen, most likely the microwave. You mosey past two kids who already need instant attention (and try not to lose your cool by 8 a.m.) while taking a glaring glance at your oldest who needs a redirecting reminder to stay focused. Thankfully, your fuel for the day is lukewarm and good enough to guzzle down while you get a brief flip through of the second and fourth-grade curriculum. You are on a mission again to set your tribe up for success today.Oh, sweet homeschooling momma, I see you!I know the burdens are heavy and the pressure seems insurmountable. I know you want to do this for the right reasons, yet the stakes are high and the strings are many. You question everything you are doing and wonder deep down if your kids are learning anything. I know the need to protect them and love them while giving them a well-rounded education. But…I also know that, in the process, you can often feel depleted and completely worn out. I know. I know because, for many years, I homeschooled too.So, as I send you virtual hugs, I would like to take a moment to pray for you! All the sacrifices you are making right now will pay off—I assure you! So, while you are in the trenches, and getting somewhat cozy at that kitchen table that holds all your precious people and their unending schoolwork, take a moment to breathe. Then take some time in your day to read aloud these prayers and let God’s love and peace wash over you.Photo Credit: ©Getty Images/vadimguzhva

19 Ways to Beat the Mid-Winter Blues

Up the excitement by giving away small rewards for hitting work goals. Go to the dollar store and buy prizes. Wrap them and put them in a reward basket visible to the children. Give each child a goal that fits their individual needs.

Debunking 7 Myths about Christian Homeschooling 

Sadly, there are many myths surrounding Christian homeschooling - ones I used to believe myself. In fact, before I took the courageous step into home education, I thought only weird families chose to homeschool their children.Weird or not, the world of Christian homeschooling is a vibrant community of believers who love the Lord and desire to train their children in the way they should go. Most are committed to instilling a biblical worldview while also teaching their children according to their gifts and strengths. The benefits of homeschooling, in my opinion, far outweigh the misconceptions.After navigating through the myths I used to believe, I now deeply respect those who venture into this often unpopular form of education. Here are seven Christian homeschooling myths debunked.
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Christian Homeschooling Vs. Public Schooling

I guess you could say we've experienced the best (and worst) of both worlds while learning a few important things along the way. Here is an informative comparison between Christian homeschooling vs. public schooling, as well as a few advantages and disadvantages. If you're trying to decide what is best for your family, I hope this post removes some guesswork and helps you make an informed decision.

The Benefits of Christian Homeschooling

Solid, Christian homeschooling includes the mental, spiritual, and physical well-being of our children while also providing safety from the negative influences of the culture. There are many advantages of incorporating Christian values into our children's education. Establishing a Biblical foundation, emphasizing character development, personalizing curriculum, creating strong family bonds, and reducing exposure to negative influences are just a few of the fantastic benefits of Christian homeschooling.

3 Fun Bible-Based Science Experiments for Homeschooling

One of the best things about homeschooling is that you get to choose as many science experiments as you like! After all, hands-on learning often makes the most significant impact on young minds. If you're looking for more Bible-based science experiments to enrich your home education, here are three fun projects to consider. Enjoy!Photo credit: ©GettyImages/AleksandarNakic

A Balanced Approach to Learning about Columbus Day

I don't point out God's providence to whitewash the history of explorers, colonialism, slavery, or any other evils that taint all history. We should never minimize these sins. We must not, however, lose sight of God's ability and desire to redeem and restore.

How to Create Your Ideal Homeschool Schedule

We began homeschooling four years ago when my oldest son entered Kindergarten. Every new homeschooling year the daily homeschool schedule that we have followed has changed dramatically.As our kids have grown, entered new grades, and over some years we have even added members to the family; there has been a new set of needs we have needed to accommodate. So far for us that has meant that what we did last year can’t work this year.This doesn’t mean you have to keep reinventing the wheel with each new season but it does mean that careful consideration is required for how you structure your family's time.Homeschool comes with little to no one-size-fits all method for how you should get things done. Your home is unique and you as a homeschool parent have the privilege of determining the best way to meet the needs that exist in your home.This is both the greatest joy and headache of being a homeschooler! Sometimes it would just be easier if someone else could come in and tell us exactly how to do it all.The good news is that while you have to be the one to decide how to structure your family’s routine; there are so many tools out there that can help empower and inspire you.Here are 3 ideas on how you can create a simple homeschooling schedule that will work well for you, and some resources that could be of huge help to your family!Photo Credit: ©Getty Images/vadimguzhva

How Grandparents Can Help Homeschool Their Grandchildren

Grandparents who help with the family’s homeschool program gain immense satisfaction and enjoyment from helping their grandchildren grow and mature. Grandchildren who learn from grandparents forever cherish the memories of the time they spent together.

4 Ways I Know Homeschool Was the Right Choice for My Family

When God convicted my family to disciple our children in an unconventional way by homeschooling, we indeed thought the idea was radical. A friend of ours said: “It’s such an old idea, it’s new.”It is true. Biblically, the notion is familiar, yet remains unfamiliar.Although the world may see it as unconventional, radical, or even wrong for parents to homeschool their children, there is clear evidence that affirms why homeschooling is right for my family.
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3 Helpful Learning and Focusing Methods for ADHD Children

Although it is not possible to entirely eliminate ADD/ADHD behaviors, in the field of special education and nutrition, we have found that there are many ways to make learning and attention easier for a child who is suffering from symptoms of hyperactivity/attention disorder or memory issues. We have found targeted nutrition, midline therapy, and right-brain teaching methods to aid children, teens, and adults in focusing and retaining information more easily.


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