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17
2011

10 Days of Homeschooling Enrichment: Day 10

Welcome to Day 10, our last day of Homeschooling Enrichment! Now that we’ve gotten all the heavy stuff out of the way, I wanted to spend our last day of the series talking about how to create a working schedule, and give some structure to your day! My hope is to give you some tangible things you can do to help facilitate a smoother less frustrating schooling day! Before we start in on the meat of our daily schedule planning, I want to take a short moment to talk about our time as moms. Our children are typically in our homes for approximately 18 years. After that they leave our nest and venture off into their own lives. For most of us that leaves a good 20+ years of no kids in our homes. When I think about it this way, suddenly my time with my children becomes much more precious to me. Let’s think back to day 2 where we talked about homeschooling as a ministry. Now take a minute to pray for an open heart. Next, I want you to sit down and make a list of all of your commitments and … [Read more...]

FEB
16
2011

10 Days of Homeschooling Enrichment: Day 9

Welcome to Day 9 of Homeschooling Enrichment! Now that we’ve discussed curriculum, today we’re going to talk about how to organize our homeschool room and all that fun curriculum you ordered! My hope is to give you some tangible things you can do to help facilitate a smoother less frustrating schooling day! Listen ladies (and gentlemen)…homeschooling isn’t for sissies or the faint hearted! This calling placed upon our lives is a blessed and difficult task. One that we will fail at miserably, if we strive to complete it in our own flesh. So what are our options? Well, if you haven’t started at Day 1, turn right back around and head back that way! If you’ve been with me the last 8 days then you should be spitting out your coffee yelling “Jesus! Jesus has the answers!” The prospect of starting to homeschool, or even continuing on through tomorrow, can be {ahem} slightly overwhelming. The good news is that we don’t have to do it on our own! God has provided us with everything we need to … [Read more...]

FEB
15
2011

10 days of Homeschooling Enrichment: Day 8

Welcome to Day 8 of Homeschooling Enrichment! Now that we’ve gotten our minds and attitudes right before God, today we’re going to discuss one of my favorite topics, homeschool curriculum! Curriculum choices can be one of the most overwhelming things to a homeschooler, but there are some great choices out there to get you started and I’m going to share some of my thoughts on those today. One thing I want to start off with, is to encourage you to pray before even starting to research curriculum. Ask God for guidance on what He has for your family this year. We’ve already learned that our children are not our own, but His. “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5 Once I’d found a couple good curriculum choices, one thing I found extremely helpful was www.homeschoolreviews.com. Most curricula are listed there and you can read reviews from others who have used it. I found it to be … [Read more...]

FEB
14
2011

10 Days of Homeschooling Enrichment: Day 7

Whew! Welcome to Day 7 of our Homeschooling Enrichment series. So far we’ve been getting our own hearts right before the Lord. Today we’re going to talk about getting our kids in the Word so that they can understand why we do what we do! Do your kids see you reading your bible? One of the things I try to do is have my own ‘quiet’ time with God. Considering we have 4 kids this is very difficult to do, and if it doesn’t happen first thing in the morning, the next chance I’ll have is late at night. A friend once asked me why I don’t do it in the middle of the day? I immediately replied “Because my kids would distract me!” And while this is entirely true, I think my perspective was all wrong. It is important for my kids to see me spending time with God. Otherwise all the babbling I’ve been doing thus far about how it’s important to follow God’s rules is just invalidated by my actions. It is my heart to teach my kids that God comes first. I also want them to understand what it means to … [Read more...]

FEB
13
2011

10 Days of Homeschooling Enrichment: Day 6

Welcome to Day 6 of Homeschooling Enrichment series! Today we’re finishing up our look at 1 Corinthians 13 in relation to homeschooling. continued from Day 5… 8. Love is not easily angered Oh this one hits home hard for me! I never realized I could fly off the handle so quickly until I had kids. I used to be calm, relaxed, easy going, but boy can those little guys push my buttons! Unfortunately, if I haven’t started my day in fervent prayer seeking God for patience, I’ll lose it in about 2 seconds. I did a search on “slow to anger” for this section. I was looking for James 1:19 “So then my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath” but what I found instead was a whole page of verses that came back stating that “the LORD is slow to anger and abounding in love” Wow! I’ve been on the receiving end of His rich love so many times, why is it so hard for me to pour out that same love on my children? Let’s be careful to be slow to anger and quick to … [Read more...]

FEB
10
2011

10 Days of Homeschooling Enrichment: Day 5

Welcome to Day 5 of the Homeschooling Enrichment series! Today I want to take a look at 1 Corinthians 13 in regards to homeschooling and raising our children. Before we start, please remember there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Rom 8:1). I don’t want today's post to discourage you, but instead encourage you ! Now is the time to change your attitude, it’s never too late! Love Is… One of the most convicting passages in the bible for me is 1 Corinthians 13. After our parenting bible study I wanted to give this a homeschooling twist. Since the post was getting too long I’ve broken it up into 2 days. After all, I can't handle that much reading that makes me think all at one time. So, here we go… 1. Love is Patient Love is not impatient. Well, I could just stop right here. Am I being patient with my children during school? ugh… Am I rushing them through lesson so I can get onto household chores? Am I easily frustrated when they’re having a … [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 … [Read more...]

FEB
07
2011

10 Days of Homeschooling Enrichment: Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of the Homeschooling Enrichment series! Before we move on, I’d like to take a minute to talk about Homeschooling as a Ministry to our family. In order to do that I think we need to reflect on who we are in Christ Jesus. You are a minister to your family: If you can’t tell by now, our 10 days of enrichment journey starts with you! Many of us may think of a minister as a pastor. A minister is defined as “One who acts under the orders of another or who is employed by another to execute his purposes.” Who is our employer? Whose orders are we acting under? Really there are 2 choices here: 1: our own and 2. God’s. Once we recognize that God has blessed us with these children and has given us the tools needed to complete the task at hand, the whole prospect is not so overwhelming. 2 Timothy 3:15-17 “And how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is … [Read more...]

FEB
06
2011

10 Days of Homeschooling Enrichment: Day 1

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be sharing on the Heart of the Matter 10 Days of Homeschooling Blog Hop! I’m excited to share how your family can benefit from the wonderful opportunity to homeschool your children! I hope you stay with me for the next 10 days where we’ll talk about some sticky but worthwhile topics! So grab a cup of coffee (or whatever) and hop on board cuz’ here we go! Can I get a “whoot-whoot!” I thought we’d start by defining the word “enrichment”, since that’s my topic and frankly I wasn’t quite sure where to start myself! Enrichment: the act of making something more meaningful or rewarding, increasing the value of the property. Homeschooling is a Ministry: So when we’re talking about homeschooling, I think its important to define the actual “property” we are to be enriching. As parents we are commanded to “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6. Psalm 127:3 tells us, “Children are a … [Read more...]