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Today’s Motivation – Prayer ~ 5 Days of Homeschool Encouragement Blog Hop

Dear Homeschool Parent

Dear Homeschooling Parent –

Look around you. Look at each of the faces you guide and teach and journey with. This is your motivation.

Lots of people ask us why we homeschool and we have plenty of answers. Are these precious faces and lives your top answer?

Today, as we begin this week of homeschool encouragement with the Homeschool Review Crew, take a moment to pray.

Pray for each of the blessed children under your care.

Pray for the guidance and wisdom to parent them with love and grace.

Pray for the inspiration to help each of them find their individual path and to walk it with courage and bravery and confidence.

Pray for each of the children – that they will grow in wisdom and knowledge and hope and love and kindness.

Pray for others who are struggling along this path, whether it be for medical reasons, lack of confidence in themselves, or a million other possibilities.

Pray for your homeschool and others you know.

God answers pray. God gives peace.

As we traveled last week, the girls put on a CD titled The Music Machine. One of the songs is about peace and one line in it has kind of stuck with me for a few days now.

Peace, peace, I think I understand.
Peace, peace, is holding Jesus’ hand.

Today, as you journey into another season of education, I am praying for you – that you may be holding Jesus’ hand and experiencing the peace that only He gives. May your homeschool be filled with peace.

Blessings,
At Home.

There are more than 40 homeschool moms writing encouragement posts today on this Motivation Monday. I encourage you to visit the anchor post for the Crew and also some of the ladies’ blogs to gather more encouragment to yourself. You can do that by the linky on the Crew blog or by visiting some of the blogs below.

Lisa @ Farm Fresh Adventures
Margaret @ Creative Madness Mama
Marla @ Jump Into Genius
Meredith @ Powerline Productions: Being World Changers/Raising World Changers
Michele @ Family, Faith and Fridays
Missica @ Through The Open Window
Monique @ Mountain of Grace Homeschooling

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5 Days of Homeschool Encouragement – Join The Homeschool Review Crew August 20-24

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Next week, the Homeschool Review Crew will be sharing thoughts, advice, and more about homeschool encouragement.

Our topics?

  • Motivation Monday
  • Take a Look Tuesday
  • Work it Wednesday
  • Thankful Thursday
  • Friday Favorites

Each day you can visit the different Crew members who are participating and gather the encouragement you may need as you head into another season of education.

Who is participating?

Amanda @ Hopkins Homeschool
Angie @ Run Ran Family Adventures & Learning
Annette @ A Net in Time
Ashley @ Gift of Chaos
Brenda @ Counting Pinecones
Carol @ Home Sweet Life
Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses
Christine @ Christine Howard
Dawn @ Schoolin’ Swag
Felicia @ Homeschool 4 Life
Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning
Jeniffer @ Thou Shall Not Whine
Jennifer @ A Glimpse of Our Life
Jennifer @ Dear Homeschooler
Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory
Karen @ Tots and Me…Growing Up Together
Kellyann @ Walking Home …
Kimberley @ Vintage Blue Suitcase
Kristen @ A Mom’s Quest to Teach
Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break
Laura @ Four Little Penguins
Linda @ Apron Strings & other things
Lisa @ Farm Fresh Adventures
Lori @ At Home: where life happens
Marla @ Jump Into Genius
Meredith @ Powerline Productions: Being World Changers/Raising World Changers
Michele @ Family, Faith and Fridays
Missica @ Through The Open Window
Monique @ Mountain of Grace Homeschooling
Nicole @ Bless Their Hearts Mom
Patti @ Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy
Rebekah @ There Will Be a $5 Charge For Whining
Rodna @ Training Children up for Christ
Stacy @ A Homemakers Heart
Wendy @ Life at Rossmont
Yvie @ Gypsy Road

We hope you will be joining us!

Blessings,
At Home.

Julie Polanco’s book God Schooling ~ a Crew review

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When you are making decisions regarding the education of your children, no matter the course you choose, there are questions and moments when you hesitate and ask yourself if you are making the right one. God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn is a book that will encourage you to continue the endeavor you have chosen if you are home educating your children. Julie Polanco has written this book from her own experiences and research.

Mrs. Polanco and her husband have home educated their four children, with nearly 15 years experience in this realm. She is the author of this book, as well as being a contributing writer for The Old Schoolhouse magazine and the Homeschooling with Heart blog. She is active in her local homeschooling community and the online homeschooling community.

God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn is an easy-to-read, soft back book that is about 160 pages. It is broken into two parts. First is a discussion she titled “Dispelling Myths.” Part Two is titled simply “Practice.” With information from many experts interspersed with her own observations about how her children learn, there is much practical information.

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The purpose of Mrs. Polanco’s book is to encourage you to continue down the road of educational exploration and child-led learning. While I believe that much of what she does with her own children falls under the umbrella of unschooling, this is not the main thrust of her book. Following the lead of your children’s interesting and taking time to guide them in their learning is where her heart seems to be.

The first part of the book looks at what the Bible has to say about children, education, and parents. She also introduces the ideas of motivation, exploration, and how excellence relates to these ideas.

In the second part of the book, you will find age specific ideas about how to approach learning. There is a chapter about teaching children under age eight, teaching ages eight to twelve, and working with teens in their education and growth. There is information on different learning types, how to encourage them, and some ideas on how to get started. She has a chapter on questions and answers and one on structure and record keeping.

This second part include a lot of readily applicable practical ideas. Many of these are good thoughts to ponder and decide if they might work for you family. Regardless of whether they work for you or not, they have ideas worth considering. Each chapter also has study questions at the end that can help you formulate your own thoughts about the ideas in the chapter and gather them into a helpful structure.

MY THOUGHTS:

I did find that there are many very forceful statements in the book that can be discouraging if you did not choose the same path she did for her family. This can be very off-putting and I struggled to read the book. Not because there wasn’t good information but because Mrs. Polanco seemed to speak as though there were no other decent options that won’t harm children. I disagree; remember, there are all different ways to teach your children and every child needs something different. Take those statements at face value and move on. There is a lot of encouragement to be found in this book for the parent, reminding why you started the road and how to continue along it.

A SALE:

I received a note from Mrs. Polanco just a few days ago informing me that she is offering a sale on the purchase of this book until August 22, 2018. The cost of the book will be half-price until that date.

Blessings,
At Home.

A number of other ladies with a variety of learning styles in their homes have read this book in the past few weeks. I encourage you to go visit the Homeschool Review Crew blog and read what several of the other ladies thought of this book and find out what encouragement their received from it.

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He Is Enough ~ a review

He Is Enough study of ColossiansFinding time in God’s word can be challenging, right? The world so often threatens to overtake us and we find ourselves saying “I just don’t have time.”

Well, Asheritah Ciuciu recognizes that with her newest Bible study and says “no excuse!” I really like her solution to our time crunch world.

As you would expect, she reminds us that time in the word is the only way to know more about God, to understand His will, and to be in Him. She has created two ways to approach this study of the book of Colossians, focusing on the fact that daily opening of the God’s word is necessary for growth.

First, and the recommended, is to spend time with FEASTing. This is a study style that has the reader Focus on God through prayer, Engage the text by reading scripture, Asses the main idea, Spark transformation through application, and Turn to God in worship. This takes a bit of time and focused energy but really helps the reader be in deep study.

Second, and the option for when you need to read the Bible but don’t have a ton of time, is snacking. Each daily study has a “Snack on the Go” option for when you have just a few minutes of time. This option takes about three to five minutes.

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Now for the actual study of Colossians –

Written in a conversational tone, this study of the book of Colossians is titled He Is Enough: Living in the fullness of Jesus. It is a six week Bible study. This study is so well structured that you feel like you are sitting across the table from your good friend, getting to know Jesus more through the study of the church at Colossae.

Asheritah begins the study with a couple of pages of background information on the city of Colossae and the book of Colossians. Following that she begins the study. There is a two-page introduction to each week’s study and then five days of daily study. There is also a weekend reflection for each week’s study so that you are truly encouraged to be in God’s word daily. Can I just say how much I like her set-up?

Each of the daily studies encourages various ways to engage with the word and try to understand it. Reading God’s word out loud, writing scripture, praying scripture, answering questions, and coloring scripture are just a few of the ways in which Asheritah has the reader engage with God’s word. These variations are effective in really getting your mind to see things from different perspectives.

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Why I Like This Study –

Recently, I had been a part of a different study of Colossians that just was not enjoyable. This one? I love it! One thing I look for in Bible studies is to be engaged in the word. Asheritah definitely forces one to engage with the word. Even if you don’t spend a lot of time each day, you cannot use this study and not be opening the Bible. Isn’t that what this is all about?

Starting the study, you are given the overarching theme that will be looked for throughout – Jesus Is Enough. He is enough, no matter your situation and that is viewed through your own personal lens as you engage in this study.

About Asheritah:

Asheritah Ciuciu is a writer, speaker, and founder of One Thing Alone Ministries–an
online community of women who find joy in Jesus through creative spiritual
disciplines. She’s also the author of Full: Food, Jesus, and the Battle for Satisfaction,
Unwrapping the Names of Jesus, and He is Enough (Moody, June 2018).
Asheritah grew up in Romania as a missionary kid and lives with her high school
sweetheart and spunky children in northeast Ohio. Her passion is leading busy
women deeper with Jesus in the midst of their everyday lives both in her local church
and online at www.OneThingAlone.com.

Blessings,
At Home.

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Love Grows Here – Keep Out!

Love Grows Here Keep Out

I have started walking. Again. We’ll see. . .

Anyhow, on my walking route I pass this lovely garden area next to someone’s front door. I mean it is lovely. Lots of flowering plants (even in this triple digit heat we have had for weeks now) and large green leaves. It is well maintained and cared for. You can tell.

But –

Planted in the very front, for all the passersby to see, are two signs. One is so pretty and in colorful cursive says “Love grows here.” What a neat sentiment. Inviting. Hopeful. Maybe even inspiring. Until you look next to it.

And you see

KEEP OUT!

Black and orange. Bright, glaring, ugly. “You are not wanted,” it says. “You are not welcome.” In spite of what is right next to it about love, this is the message that is most boldly proclaimed.

And it made me wonder. . .

Which of these two signs does my life portray? And I boldly proclaiming that no one is welcome in my life?

Or am I saying I am trying hard to grow love and would like to share it?

Which is the sign your life is proclaiming?

Blessings,
At Home.

What Shapes Are Your Students?

I was going through boxes and materials today. Lots of them. (I have been so bless and now have two boxes to share with others!) In the process, I came across some notes from the first year we were home educating. We had attended a conference and I remember how much I enjoyed it and got out of it.

These notes really were a good timing kind of thing. I needed this reminder. Maybe you do, too. I wish I had written down who the speaker was so that I can give credit where credit is due. Unfortunately, I did not.

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This person listed five student personality types and they just resonate with me.

Square
Rectangle
Triangle
Circle
Squiggly Line

Square – This student is very task oriented. This student follows directions well and benefits from reflection time. Things that frustrate this type of student are imprecise instructions and changing directions.

Rectangle – This student is project oriented but benefits much from someone working with them. This student is frustrated by imprecise instructions or changing their directions.

Triangle – This student is goal oriented, wants to get things done quickly, and loves checks lists. I don’t have a specific list of what frustrates this type of personality but they love the spotlight and don’t like to have to prove their reasoning.

Circle – This student is your “people person.” They don’t like conflicts and they love to talk.  Things that frustrate this personality type include not being allowed or able to talk and being in isolation.

Squiggly Line – The squiggle personality is highly creative and loves to follow their ideas. They do not require completion of projects to feel highly accomplished and are high energy. They are frustrated by constraint, especially in their ideas, and when they absolutely must follow someone else’s directions.

I spent a bit of time today thinking about my girls and which type of personality each one is. I have a square, a circle, and one who is a fairly good combination of squiggly line and a triangle. No wonder I sometimes miss the mark of who needs what kind of a program to do their best learning.

As you embark on the next part of your learning journey, take a minute to think about the personality of your students. Recognizing some of what makes them frustrated and what helps them move forward allows you to better tailor their learning experience.

Reminding myself of this may perhaps make some of our choices more clear for this year.

Blessings,
At Home.

Think on These Things (or why we don’t tell our girls about news stories)

Think On These Things

I had an interesting discussion with the oldest giggly girl the other day. She asked why they always have to learn about news stories at church, such as school shootings. Evidently they are often topics of conversation among the youth at church, specifically for prayer requests. Prayer requests are good – praying for those who need it falls right in line with what God wants the girls to do. However, we intentionally don’t draw their attention to these types of stories. And so when she asked, I answered.

The answer was quite easy –

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. – Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)

This is why I don’t watch the news. This is why I don’t read the newspaper. This is why I skip over so much of social media. The topics and ideas these media cover are not often noble, or lovely, or pure. So, I often don’t know of the bad things that are happening in the world and cannot share it with my girls. Even if I did, I do not want that to be where my girls thoughts are focused.

I don’t want them worrying or being fearful. God did not create in us a spirit of fear. (2 Timothy 1:7) When we focus on the evil things of the world, we will give in to the spirit of fear that Satan desires for us. When we are living in fear, we are not living in God and His will for our lives.

We try hard to bring the lovely and the beautiful and the pure into our girls lives so that they can focus on God.

Hosea 6:6 says

For I desire mercy and not sacrifice,
And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

When the evil of the world is brought to view, we pray and try to teach the girls to pray. In order for us to help teach our girls to focus on the good and the beautiful, to focus on mercy and the knowledge of God, we refrain from bringing to their focus the evil of the world.

Blessings,
At Home.

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