All the Things I Worried About…Never Came True

As we near the end of this homeschooling journey for my oldest (don’t worry I still have three more kids to go and many more years of homeschooling!) I can’t help but think about all of the worries I had early on. There were so many things that kept me awake at night…that almost stopped me from even starting this journey.

But God.

 Thankfully, He led me to press on and here we are. 

Yet, I wanted to address the major concerns I had, and to show you how they never really were an issue…because I know many of you out there may be in just the place I was 13 years ago…a scared mom feeling the calling to take this step but unsure of where it would lead.

And really…you will never know the ourcome in the beginning. In fact, you aren’t supposed to. It is a journey that has to unfold as you go, and you need to trust God.

However, some of the most common fears I had, I can only imagine you might have as well…
  • Socialization. I know, even typing that makes me cringe because we all know it is NOT even an issue…yet, there are still many who think it is. Bottom line after 13 years…my kids are beyond well socialized. And the kind of socialization that I would want for them. They are friends with all age groups (and not peer-dependent) and not just those their age/grade. They have relationships with little ones all the way up to adults. In fact, I have realized that the kind of socialization that takes place in a school setting isn’t really ideal, but the kind that has taken place because we homeschool is actually more fitting for “real life.”
  • What will people think? This one for me was big, but I realize for many, it is a non-issue. But truly, my own stinkin’ pride got in the way early on. I didn’t want to be questioned about my decision or feel the need to “defend” it. Over the years though, I really do not rely on what people think, only what God thinks. I am answering to Him and not to man. But, truly, I  have also found that most people do not think I am crazy or weird, but are intrigued and generally interested in homeschooling (and if they do think it is weird, so be it! 😉 )
  • Am I really capable to teach my children? Yes and no. I say that because am I really capable of anything in life? Not on my own, but with God of course. If He calls you to something, He will equip you. And NO you do not need a college degree or teaching certificate to teach your own children. The myriad of curriculum choices available these days and the world we live in where anyone can learn anything with all of the information available to us has changed that thinking. I want my children to ultimately become independent learners anyway. Our world has changed in that if you are able to research, you can learn anything. So absolutely, we are all able to teach our children and to teach them to teach themselves.
  • Will I teach them enough? What is enough really? K-12 and then learning stops? Nope. I have taught them as much as I could as best as I could, knowing there will always be gaps. We never stop learning on this earth and the gaps will only ever be filled in heaven.

So, these are some of the bigger things that kept me awake at night early on. How about you? I would love to hear what worried you and if you still worry or how God has relieved those worries. Share in the comments below!

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Are You Focused on Externals or Eternals?

I just returned from speaking at the Teach Them Diligently Convention in Arkansas this weekend and it was a blessed time! I cherish these trips and the opportunities to speak to so many families that are investing in their families by homeschooling their children.

As I  spoke to families of all walks on their journey, one thing became so clear. Everyone wants to do the best job they can. Everyone wants that perfect curriculum or setup. Everyone wants to succeed. And that is a good thing!

And as I walked the vendor halls with so many amazing resources and so many different choices, I was however struck how we need to be so very careful to not measure our success in those externals. It is all about the eternals.

I truly believe the most important book you can teach in your homeschool is the Bible. Without it, everything else is for naught. You children’s core should be shaped by God’s truths.

So while curriculum and resources and all that stuff are important, do not let it take place of the truly important.

The Bible teaches your children who God is, who they are in Christ, godly wisdom, moral laws, and more. It will shape them with God as their center. It is without a doubt, the most important book in your homeschool.

I have seen the Bible and God transform my life. I know without a doubt that my life is built upon the truths found in that book…which is more than a book…it is living Truth.

I must pass that down to the next generation. They must be equipped in this world that is so upside down, with the absolute truths of God’s Word. There really is no better way to equip them for life, than to follow God.

Once they are following Him and His truths, they will be ready for all that comes their way in life.

Academics are important, but life isn’t live based on them alone. And I believe when we are following God, they will naturally fall into place because we will want to do well, work hard, and be a good steward of our learning.

God alone is what we live for. And when we forget that and start to live for the temporary things of this world, we will struggle to keep our focus.

So remember, above anything you can do, teach your child who God is, and teach from His Word. You can’t go wrong.

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I Can’t Teach The Bible to My Children Because I Don’t Know It Well Enough

I have heard from many parents lately that have said they don’t feel equipped to teach the Bible to their children. They think they don’t know enough of the Bible or about the Bible, so they aren’t comfortable teaching it to their children.

Rest assured, if that is you, I want to encourage you today.

If you have a Bible, you are equipped. God is the One who wrote it, and He is our Master Teacher. Trust the One who wrote the words to teach you.

I am not a biblical scholar or a theologian, yet I love God’s Word. And that is what I want to pass on to my children.

We do not have to have a degree in the Bible to teach it to our children. In fact, what a beautiful thing to learn together!

I believe that God equips where He calls. And He definitely commands us in the Bible to teach His Word. So we must trust Him.

And in this day and age with an abundant amount of resources available to us, we can find ways to study the Bible like never before. 

Some of my favorites:

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Blue Letter Bible

KeyWord Study Bible

Life Application Study Bible

Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary

This is not by any means a comprehensive list, but some of my top resources. We also love to include sermons, videos, podcasts, and more. Just always make sure they are reputable and solid in teaching. The abundance of information also means the abundance of fluff or “junk”- be discerning!

Do not be intimated by the Bible. It is God’s very own words to us. He wants to teach us. Go to Him, and lead your children to Him. You will be transformed by His Spirit!


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Bible Based Homeschooling e-Course is NOW Available!

Training Up the Next Generation in Truth!
Building a firm foundation in your family, with the Bible at the center.

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”

3 John 4 NKJV

There is nothing that will equip your children more for life than to know God’s Word and to walk in the Truth. This course will walk you through how we used the Bible as our main textbook in our homeschool for an entire year. It was the MOST amazing year ever.

Yet, even if you don’t want to solely teach from the Bible, it is still imperative to teach with the Bible as the center of your family and your homeschool. Join me as we discover the most amazing resource we have as families- the Bible.

This is not intended to be a curriculum, but a guide.

This course includes unlimited access to over 85 minutes worth of videos detailing how we used the Bible for each subject to teach our children for one year, printable downloads to help you keep track of your resources and records, sample weeks, and extra resources PLUS free membership to a private member-only Facebook group to continue the encouragement and connect with others!  I will also continue to share resources and videos to answer questions and be available to you as you walk this journey!

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~Karen DeBeus

Simply Living for Him and Bible Based Homeschooling

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Bible Based Homeschooling E-Course Coming Soon!

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We are thrilled that the e-course will be released this week! Stay tuned. You will hear me screaming from the rooftops when it’s ready! 😉

This course is a guide where I will walk you through exactly how we used the Bible as our main textbook in our homeschool for one year. So many folks have asked me over the years just how we did it, and I sat down to make this course as a guide, but not a curriculum! I want to inspire and equip you if God is leading you to do this, and even if not, to remember that the Bible is still the foundation upon which we build our homeschool.

Included in the Course:

•Lifetime on-demand access to all course videos

Videos include how we did each subject, frequently asked questions, lessons learned, and more!

•Downloadable and printable resources for planning and record keeping plus for prayer, goals, etc.

•Downloadable list of resources we used to supplement our studies

•Sample lessons

•Free Lifetime Membership to a Facebook group to connect with other families and share ideas, ask advice, and even for prayer! PLUS, I will continue the encouragement with videos in the group, sharing resources as I find them, and sharing our journey as we do this AGAIN next year with our youngest! Yup, we are doing it again and I can’t wait!

Look for the e-course soon! We are so excited to share it with you!

LIFEPAC All in One Bible-Based Homeschool Curriculum

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Bible-Based All in One Homeschool Curriculum

Over the years we have tried so many different approaches to homeschooling. We have been somewhat eclectic and tried many different styles. One style that we haven’t used much is a traditional textbook approach. However, I am thrilled to share with you Lifepack from AOP Publishing today.

Next year my youngest will be in fourth grade and while we have always used a more Charlotte Mason approach, if anyone would do well with a traditional curriculum it will be him. He seems to thrive with workbooks. So we are giving it a try for geography from LIFEPAC!

What I love about this curriculum is that while traditional, you can choose just the subjects you need. Or if you prefer, you can grab the entire set and have everything DONE for you!

Bible-Based

LIFEPAC encourages critical thinking skills that promote and strengthen a student’s faith in Christ. Using the King James Version and biblical content you can be assured that it develops a Christian worldview. That is something very important to me and I know for many of you out there! The lessons are flexible and are available for K-12.

Affordable

Affordably priced, LIFEPAC is a homeschool curriculum at a fraction of the price of regular textbooks and workbooks. In addition, you can purchase only what you need, making it quite flexible for any budget.

Practical and Portable

The nice thing about LIFEPAC is that you can take it anywhere without having to lug around a ton of books. We received the Geography 4th grade set and there are multiple workbooks that make the complete set. So at any one time, we can grab the workbook we are in and take it on the go! No lugging a giant textbook around.

Inside the Curriculum

Each workbook is designed with mastery learning in mind, meaning you don’t move on until the concept is mastered. That is something  I have always appreciated in our homeschool. There is a schedule, quizzes, assignments, etc. all laid out for the student. It is very teacher friendly. LIFEPAC is not overwhelming and makes the whole process simple.

 

Visit LIFEPAC today for more info and to order your set!

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I Can’t Believe You Just Said That! Guest Post with Ginger Hubbard

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Today I am pleased to introduce to you a guest post from Ginger Hubbard, author of, I Can’t Believe You Just Said That!

Getting to the Heart of Anger in Children

With a society that puts so much emphasis on the feelings of children, their self-esteem and their freedom to express themselves, it would seem that children would not be so consumed with anger these days. However, we are witnessing more and more children with all sorts of anger-related problems, leaving parents to wonder how they lost control, what went wrong and why their children are so bitter, stubborn and rebellious. These feelings and behaviors are full-blown results of a seed of anger that was nurtured and allowed to grow rather than weeded out.

Anger that is left unchecked and not biblically handled matures and expresses itself more consistently, establishing a bondage that slowly enslaves its victim.

Parents are wise to evaluate whether or not they are modeling sinful anger through their own words and actions, consider ways they might be provoking their children to anger and learn to respond to angry children with a heart-oriented, biblical approach.

Parent Evaluation

Parents are often responsible for the habits of their children. Angry parents can lead to angry children. One way parents model anger is by scolding.

It was a cold day in February when my children asked if they could go outside to play. I gave them permission but instructed them to put on their coats and shoes first. My daughter Alex has always loved to play outside barefooted, so as she whizzed by, I confirmed my orders by repeating, “Don’t forget to put on your shoes.”

Twenty minutes later, as I was taking the trash outside, what should I find but Alex, running around on bare feet that had turned a bluish-purple color. To make matters even worse, she was sporting pants that were a little too long for her legs so without shoes, she was stepping on them. The results? Two holes in her brand new pants. To put it mildly, I was ticked. It may have been cold, but the heat building up in Momma could have warmed the whole neighborhood.

Alex had chosen to directly disobey me, but I, too, had a choice.

Option one: I could scold her by yelling, “Alex, I TOLD you to put your shoes on! Now your feet are HALF FROZEN and just LOOK at what you’ve done to your pants! YOUR DADDY works so hard to buy you these clothes, and THIS is how you show your appreciation! You just see how fast you can get your tail in your room! You are in major trouble young lady!”

Option two: I could biblically reprove her in love by gently saying, “Alex, Honey, I told you to put on your shoes before you went outside. Have you obeyed or disobeyed?” Then, after she acknowledges that she has disobeyed, I could say, “Well, Sweetheart, God says that children are to obey their parents, and I love you too much to allow you to disobey. You need to go to you room, and I’ll be there in a minute.”

To which response do you think she will be more receptive? Which one shows unconditional love and careful instruction? Which one will she learn from without being provoked to anger?

Scolding is an angry response that stirs anger into the hearts of children. We are told in Proverbs 15:1, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” 

A wise parent will avoid scolding in order to model gentleness and self-control.

Parent-Provoked Anger

Paul warned parents to not provoke their children to anger in Ephesians 6:4, “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” This verse contradicts those who would have us to believe that discipline leads a child to anger. Through Paul, we learn that in order to avoid provoking our children to anger we must bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. Part of this training and instructing involves loving, gentle and consistent biblical discipline. King Solomon, known as the wisest man on earth, confirmed, “A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom, but a child left undisciplined disgraces his mother” (Proverbs 29:15).

There are many other ways a parent might unintentionally provoke his/her child to anger such as: lack of marital harmony, maintaining a child-centered home, being inconsistent with discipline, being legalistic, not admitting or asking forgiveness when they are wrong or constantly finding fault. Parents do well to consider ways they could be provoking their children to anger.

Responding to Anger

Anger is a God-given emotion. It is not always sinful. The Bible does not say, “Do not become angry.” It says, “In your anger do not sin” (Ephesians 4:26). Anger becomes sinful when it dwells within the heart or outwardly attacks someone. It is important that children understand their anger and learn to express themselves without sinning. When your child demonstrates anger, consider the following three steps:

Ask your child heart-probing questions. Rather than simply asking, “Why are you so angry?” ask more thought-provoking questions such as, “What were you feeling when you hit your sister?” or “What happened that caused you to become angry?” These type questions help to move beyond behavior and words by getting to the heart of the matter.

Discuss an alternative to sinful anger. Help your child learn to demonstrate self-control while angry. You might ask, “Sweetheart, rather than hitting your sister, what would have been a better response?” You may have to make suggestions such as, “When your sister grabbed your toy without asking, perhaps you could have calmly asked her to return it. If she refused to respond to your appeal to do the right thing, you are welcome to come to me for intervention. Do you think this would have been a better and more self-controlled response?”

Have your child practice an alternative. Children learn by doing. When they put head knowledge into practice it becomes part of their lives. The training sticks better when they learn how to use it in a hands-on situation. Role-play the situation where your child demonstrated anger by re-enacting the whole scene, guiding both children in biblical resolution that leads to peace. Keep in mind, when children are learning to resolve conflict biblically by communicating with self-control, you may need to demonstrate appropriate words and tone of voice. It’s okay to have your children repeat your words in order for them to understand what self-controlled responses look and sound like.

When parents are willing to model self-control, resist provoking their children to anger and respond to anger with a heart-oriented approach, they are more likely to raise emotionally healthy children.

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Mid-Year Review of Apologia Marine Biology

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Junior Year Homeschool Science

We are midway through the year and I wanted to update you all on our Apologia Marine Biology High School Science course! We are using it for junior year, after having competed Biology and Chemistry for Freshman and Sophomore years.

We are still very pleased with this curriculum. As you all know, I love ALL Apologia products, and even though we have a partnership with the company, I’d be sharing about them anyway, because I love their products so very much!

Apologia Science courses are rigorous but they have really alleviated so much stress for me as the parent because I know that my daughter is being challenged and the coursework is preparing her for college-level work if she pursues college after high school.

Dissections

We have finally been able to get to some of the dissections. I must admit, I get kind of excited about the dissections! Ha! Really! I think they’re pretty cool. So far we have done the starfish and the clam. They were pretty stinky though, I must admit…but in odor, not in coursework! Ha!

My daughter did get a little grossed out in the starfish, and actually, I did too. Not sure why, because I had no problem with dissections in first year Bio. That frog was fascinating!

However, it is really cool to see how God has knit these creatures together down to the smallest detail. One thing I have learned through dissections is just how amazing God, our Creator is. We always talk about that as we are examining all the intricate details of these specimens.

Furthermore, the dissections are obviously a great way to do hands-on learning and you also have to chance to have your student fill out lab reports and such. Again, higher level prep work.

My daughter also has been keeping up with a test every two weeks at the end of the module. The grade is not nearly as important to me as watching her improve her study skills and take notes throughout each module. She has become such a great note taker just through these high school classes alone. I am grateful for that.

I promise to share loads of pics here and on Instagram when we get to the shark dissection. You should the size of the shark that came with the kit!  It’s currently in my garage. 😉 I kid you not…it’s big! OK, it’s not Jaws, but still, for a homeschool dissection, it is pretty cool!

Stay tuned to see us in action with the shark within the next few months!

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Bible-Based Curriculum: Little Pilgrims Theology

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Little Pilgrims Theology

A Biblical Curriculum for a Firm Foundation

I am very excited to introduce to you all today this fabulous resource for the Christian homeschooling family. Little Pilgrims Theology is a stellar product for teaching your child the Christian faith.

“Little Pilgrims Theology is packed full of sound biblical doctrine, uncovering doctrinal treasures of faith. From the core matters of the gospel, to secondary aspects of the faith, Little Pilgrims Theology is loaded with the rightly-handled word of God. This equips young learners with sound theology and helps prepare their hearts and minds for the day when they will be forced to reckon with the schemes of the evil one as he works to deceive, even the elect for a time. The instruction that Little Pilgrims Theology offers serves to guard against these schemes of the devil so that they can confidently stand firm in the faith, and more readily identify unbiblical teaching.”

Watch this video that will give you an overview of the curriculum—>Little Pilgrims Theology

Little Pilgrims Theology is video based using worksheets, coloring pages, quizzes, and a lesson plan outline. There is printed curriculum, a website, and an app. It couldn’t be easier to use!

There are several different subjects right now to teach from, including:

Basics of Faith

ABC Theology

Church History

I can’t tell you enough how impressed I was upon receiving the curriculum and checking out the website and app. It is very user-friendly and very biblically sound. The lessons are thorough and give a firm foundation for teaching our children theology and the basics of Christian faith.

This is more than just a warm and fuzzy overview of the Bible. There is meat in here, which is something not always found in Bible teaching curriculum for children. Even though it is intended for kids, there is certainly a great deal of teaching that is beyond “just the basics.”

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For example, the Church History portion teaches the origin of the church persecution, the Great Awakening, and more. I love that it gives depth.

The Theology portion teaches on topics such as exegesis, atonement, Kinsmen Redeemer, and so much more. I love that it approaches big topics, yet keeps things simple enough for children. It truly is balanced.

The Basics of Faith discusses the Ten Commandments, sin, Holiness, and more. I am very impressed with each subject. 

This is a solid curriculum that I am thrilled to have and work through with my children. In fact, I want all of my children to work through it together, and I am thinking of going through it for our family Bible time. It truly can be used for a large span of ages and the recommended is grades 2-adult. 

I would encourage you to take a look around the site and explore what LPT has to offer. Their site gives an in depth of who they are exactly what is in the curriculum. 

In a time where our faith is often watered down, especially to children, it is refreshing to see a program that teaches a strong foundation of our Christian faith, and Little Pilgrims Theology does just that.

For more information, visit Little Pilgrims Theology- website and on facebook