MAR
25
2012

Child Training Bible Giveaway

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I have a wonderful giveaway for you today! I’m sure you’ve already heard of it, and I have to say I was really excited when the creators of the Child Training Bible asked me to review their product!   So what is the Child Training Bible? It’s a wonderful way to quickly refer to scripture to discipline, and encourage your children! There is a handy key that goes in the front, so you can quickly find scriptures that go along with your most current issue. Simply turn to the page with the matching colored tab, and find the highlighted scripture.   I have a few set scriptures that I tend to go for, but this is so much more! It starts off showing you the scripture that deals with your child’s specific issue, then goes on into discussing how they can correct that issue.   It does take a little bit to go through and mark all of the scriptures, but they’ve outlined all of the scriptures in order, so it goes quite quickly. And, I really have to … [Read more...]

DEC
20
2011

We Choose Virtues

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Hi everyone! I’m always looking for fun ways to incorporate God’s Word into our day and We Choose Virtues is a great way to do that!   We Choose Virtues is a positive way to instill character traits into your family! We received the character trait cards along with the  We Choose Virtues Poster to hang on our wall. There are several different purchasing options so you can get what will benefit your family the most, from the virtue poster and cards all the way up to a classroom set! It’s something that you can use on a daily basis to encourage your children towards positive virtues! After introducing the virtue for the week, you then demonstrate them, memorize the catchphrase, then talk about teachable moments. They currently cover the following character traits, each card starts with “I am…” ~ Attentive, Content, Diligent, Forgiving, Gentle, Helpful, Honest, Kind, Obedient, Patient, Perseverant, and Self-Controlled. Here is the Virtue poster, I put mine up on the wall … [Read more...]

MAY
11
2011

Chore Chart: Discipline Cards

Since implementing Our Household and Discipline Rules, we’ve found that time-out’s just don’t really cut it for the older kids. We wanted something a little more effective when dealing with disobedience and poor behavior. Since our Chore Chart has been received so well, I decided to add in some Discipline cards. These should be things that you really don’t enjoy doing, but that still need to get done. --> Click here to download the Discipline Cards <-- We use these as a consequence for disobedience, and sometimes bad behavior with our children. If they disobey, they pull a discipline card from a jar. They are expected to complete that discipline, then follow through with whatever they were asked to do originally. If they refuse to complete their discipline card, they get what’s called a motivator, something such as losing TV privileges, or their Nintendo DS or whatever is of value to them at that time. If one of the children receives a discipline card during they day, it goes … [Read more...]

FEB
09
2011

10 Days of Homeschooling Enrichment: Day 4

Welcome to Day 4 of the Homeschooling Enrichment series! Today we are going to discuss responsibility and how we can motivate our children to contribute to the well being of our home instead of drain it (mom) of energy! How many of you feel like you’ve been hit by a bus the end of the day? (It’s okay you can raise your hands it’s all anonymous *wink* ) How many of you can barely find the time to read these posts? (Even though I’m so riveting that you can’t bear not to so it’s now midnight and you’re finally getting around to it?) Well, today we’re going to take the edge off of your chronic fatigue syndrome which will in turn benefit your homeschooling by teaching your children responsibility. At the same time it helps relieve the stress you’ve been feeling trying to “manage everything on your own”. Now instead of thinking about those toilets you that need to be cleaned you’ll be alert and focused during your school day! God’s Word tells us that “Moreover it is required in stewards … [Read more...]

FEB
08
2011

10 Days of Homeschooling Enrichment: Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of the Homeschool Enrichment series where we’re talking about Discipline. I realize this is a sticky topic, but you really should have a game plan, so that your emotions aren’t dictating how you will administer discipline to your children. It is my belief that the real meat of homeschooling is the character training of our children, the academics are important and will come, but one of the huge benefits to homeschooling is that we are present for all of the discipline “opportunities” during our child’s day. We can stop what we are doing and address their behavior on the spot. We can take a day or week off to focus on honesty, respect, compassion and the like. We can reach their hearts and change them from the inside out. Anyone can command obedience, but seeking to change your child’s heart will carry on into their adult life, the lives of their children and grandchildren after them. Let’s take what we’ve learned on Day 2 about being a minister to our family and apply … [Read more...]

JAN
25
2011

Character Study: Honesty

Welcome to the 9th study in the Character series that is based on Honesty (vs. Lying/False Witness.) Click on the image or link below to download a pdf of this study. A Character study: Honesty Other books required for this study: The Bible (any version will do!) Each day you will learn a verse, read a story where this sin is illustrated, then discuss the consequences of this sin followed up by the blessings of obedience. I encourage discussion with your children on ways they can help one another to stay free from this sin. Putting these ideas into practice on a daily basis will help them to become habit. Our daily/weekly challenge: "Be honest, make sure whatever comes out of your mouth honors God" I have a sticker sheet and anyone caught making good choices, that’s right “caught making good choices” gets a sticker. I tend to only respond when someone is making bad decisions, and this helps me to focus on the good instead. Whoever has the most stickers at the end of the week … [Read more...]

JAN
16
2011

Character Study: Diligence

Welcome to the 8th study in my Character Study series based on Diligence. (Click on the image or link below to download a pdf of this study.) A Character study: Diligence Other books required for this study: The Bible (any version will do!) Each day you will learn a verse, read a story where this sin is illustrated, then discuss the consequences of this sin followed up by the blessings of obedience. I encourage discussion with your children on ways they can help one another to stay free from this sin. Putting these ideas into practice on a daily basis will help them to become habit. Our daily/weekly challenge: "Remember, whatever we do is done for the Lord, go all out!" I have a sticker sheet and anyone caught making good choices, that’s right “caught making good choices” gets a sticker. I tend to only respond when someone is making bad decisions, and this helps me to focus on the good instead. Whoever has the most stickers at the end of the week gets a prize, and frankly if I … [Read more...]

JAN
12
2011

Kid’s Chore Chart Free Printable

I’d like to introduce a new idea to help organize your home: the Interactive Kid’s Chore Chart! I was previously using a handwritten chore chart, but I kept forgetting to pay my kids for their chores, and they would forget to write down when they completed one. I needed something more visual for everyone, and got this wonderful idea from a woman at my local homeschool mom’s night this month! Click here to download the Chore Chart Cards Supplies needed: Cardstock (for my printable cards, tickets, etc) Pocket Chart similar to the one in the photo. Reward Stickers Small Prize box (you can make this anything you like) NOTE: Pages 24-29 are black and white images if you prefer not to print color. Instructions for Slots: 1. Card with child’s name 2. - 6. Mon – Fri Chore cards to be completed 7. Reward tickets earned, Sticker Sheets, Best“ Bee-havior” awards 8. Extra Cards can be kept in the bottom slots Directions for Use: Put the assigned Monday – Friday task … [Read more...]

JAN
11
2011

Character Study: Gentleness

Welcome to the 7th study in the series and is based on Gentleness (No Hitting/Biting/ Kicking,etc.) Click on the image or link below to download a pdf of this study. A Character study: Gentleness Other books required for this study: The Bible (any version will do!) Each day you will learn a verse, read a story where this sin is illustrated, then discuss the consequences of this sin followed up by the blessings of obedience. I encourage discussion with your children on ways they can help one another to stay free from this sin. Putting these ideas into practice on a daily basis will help them to become habit. Our daily/weekly "Challenge" for this week: "honor one another with brotherly love". Also a well known verse in our house: Eph 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. I have a sticker sheet and anyone caught making good choices, that’s right “caught making good choices” gets a sticker. I tend to only respond when … [Read more...]

DEC
26
2010

Character Study: Humility

Welcome to my 5th Character Study based on Humility (vs. Shifting Blame & Making Excuses.) (Click on the image or link below to download a pdf of this study.) A Character study: Humility Other books required for this study: The Bible (any version will do!) Each day you will learn a verse, read a story where this sin is illustrated, then discuss the blessings of obedience and consequences of disobedience. I encourage discussion with your children on ways they can help one another to stay free from this sin. Putting these ideas into practice on a daily basis will help them to become habit. Our daily/weekly "Challenge" for this week: "confess our sins instead of trying to cover them up by blaming others". I also make a sticker sheet and anyone caught making good choices, that’s right “caught making good choices” gets a sticker. I tend to only respond when someone is making bad decisions, and this helps me to focus on the good instead. Whoever has the most … [Read more...]