How Do I Stand Being with My Children All Day?

I wrote this post over at my blog, Simply Living…for Him this week. I have had such a huge response from it that I didn’t expect. As homeschooling moms, remember we are priviliged to have our “work” be our kids. We are producing a harvest for the next generation…head over to Simply Living…for Him to read it!

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{FREE} Printable- 31 Days of Praying for Your Homeschool

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Have you visited my other site Simply Living…for Him yet? I share my heart to simplify over there as well as many other things…I have a free resource section where you can download a copy of 31 Days of Prayer for Your Homeschool. I think it is essential to pray over your homeschool daily. These are some verses I selected that can help you in doing just that each day. We must be on guard to keep our homeschools covered in prayer and to keep God at the center!

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31 Days of Praying for Your Homeschool

 

Using the Bible as Our Main Text- Lessons Learned by the Master Teacher

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By far the best decision we have made this year has been to use the Bible as our main text. It has been beyond a blessing. While we have learned so much digging into our Bible studies, I truly understand now that, this was God’s plan all along.

As I look back through the year, we have literally been paralleling lessons in real life that were also the lessons in the passages we were studying. It is simply mind blowing. God is truly amazing.

He is our Master Teacher. I believe with my whole heart that He lead us on this path because He knew just what we would need from His Word at this time in our life.

He is truly amazing. You can read more about what we have learned lately, by reading this post I wrote at Simply Living for Him. 

To God be all the glory for what HE does each moment!

Praise Him!

Worship as a Family

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We spend a great deal of time in our Bible study. Yet one thing we haven’t done much this year that I want to get back to is worship as a family. There is no more sweet a time than this!

Why worship as a family?

  • It brings you closer as a family. Have you ever noticed when you are in a group worshipping, how sometimes you feel so connected to those around you? I know I have had experiences lately, for instance at the Real Refreshment Retreat, when I get a glimpse of heaven by hearing the voices of so many praise at the same, and it points me to that eternal praise song we will sing in glory one day. It is a heavenly moment for sure.
  • We are uninhibited. When we are at home with each other, everyone is truly able to let themselves go, raise their hands, sing praises (off key or not 😉  )and belt it out. Sure, we should be this way no matter where we are, but there is something about being home with those you love, that we just let ourselves go 🙂
  • It shows the kids that worship is important. Praising the Lord together as a family each day and making it a priority, shows our children that worship is necessary, important, and beautiful.
  • It helps us focus on Philippians 4:8. We begin the day (or stop during the day) to fil our minds with praises and to focus our minds on Him. Starting your day with praises gets everyone off on the right foot.
  • It is Biblical. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Psalm 150:6
  • It is energizing. There is no amount of caffeine that wakes me up more than seeing a two year old with hands lifted, belting out praises. Trust me, I know. 🙂

So how can you worship as a family?

  • Sing hymns.
  • Use YouTube to find worship or praise music. Many can be found with lyrics so everyone can follow along.
  • Set aside time each day, just as you would read devotions or Bible study. Schedule it.
  • Find ways as a family that work for you. As long as you are praising there are really no “rules.”

 Worshipping together as a family is such a beautiful time together. It is something that truly unites as a family, and brings Glory to God. Praise God for the opportunity we have each day to spend this time together!

 

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Life is Our Classroom!

I wrote this on my blog Simply Living…for Him awhile back. Enjoy!

 

When I first began homeschooling, we had a classroom. 

 

 

 

And although sometimes our homeschool looks like this:

 

 

Over the years I have realized that school at home need not be confined to a classroom, in fact it should not.

Nowadays it looks more like this:

No, education should not be confined to a classroom but should take place everywhere else.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life is education. 

While it is fun to have  a”place” at home to have “school”~

 never let the confines of a room limit your child’s world…

 

 

 

Life is our classroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life is a classroom…

 

 

There is freedom in homeschooling!

 

 

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Thoughts on Where We’ve Been and Where We Are Going…Using the Bible as Our Main Text

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I don’t know if I can fully explain in words what our experience studying Genesis this fall has been like, but I will sure try! You can read about why we chose to use the Bible as our main text this fall here.

We started in September studying Genesis as a family and this past week, we completed the book. It has been quite a journey. We really dug into the Word as a family, and I believe God led us here for many purposes at this time in our lives. Back in October my husband lost his job. It has been a journey that has been very difficult, but one I wouldn’t trade for the world because of all that we have learned through it. God has increased our faith so much through this trial.

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I believe that we were able to get so much out of the lessons in Genesis because of what we were experiencing in our lives at this time. It was like God knew exactly the lessons we would need.
Abraham’s faith was huge for us. It really came alive to us because of what we were going through. Isn’t God truly amazing?

 

And Joseph. Oh how I trembled when we got to the end of Genesis and read about Joseph. How God worked through that situation that seemed so dire…He worked for good. That is where we are in our current situation…seeing how what we thought was a bad situation, being used for good.  My favorite verse of the entire book is this:

Genesis 50.20

Joseph-thrown in a pit, sold as a slave by his brothers…jailed…then by God’s grace alone, saved those very brothers during the famine years later when he ruled Egypt. Unfathomable in human terms, but not on God’s. And He saved the very brothers through which Jesus would come- through the line of Judah. Unbelievable. God’s plans are SO much bigger and so much better than others. Often times they are what we can not even imagine.

The whole book of Genesis sums that up. Beginning with Creation…God intended it all for good. It was very good. Yet, Adam and Eve fell…yet the Savior was already planned to save us all. God always works for good.

I am so glad we decided to take the leap and use Genesis as our foundation this fall. We are moving into Exodus now and will start by studying Moses and ancient Egypt, and oh, there is so much in there too. 🙂

As I look forward, I believe we will always do in depth Bible study like this as our foundation. I also know that I will add in other things as needed. The Bible is our main text, but not our ONLY text. I have a son who is very interested in inventing, building, and physics. So I have ordered him a book for this. I  want to add things that interest my kids and cultivate their natural curiosities and talents. Let them spend the afternoons exploring and learning according to their natural God-given inquisitiveness.

I am so grateful to God for all He does for us each day. Letting Him lead our homeschool is the only way for us. As soon as I start to get off course, I know I need to submit to His plans and cling to Him in prayer and in His Word. Praise Him for all He has done in our homeschool and what He has in store for us next!

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Ancient Egypt Resources

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As we begin Exodus, I am just starting to compile lists of resources for studying Ancient Egypt. Here are some I have found so far and some we will be using. I will be updating as I find more!

Bible Archeology- Egypt and the Bible

Egypt Top Ten Gallery( Beautiful photos)

Ancient Egypt for Kids

Ancient Egypt Coloring Pages

Heart of Wisdom Bible Plans

Simply Charlotte Mason- Genesis to Deuteronomy, Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt Activities-teacher’s notebook

Bible Study Resources

Boy of the Pyramids- Simply Charlotte Mason

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The Golden Goblet (Newbery Library, Puffin)

The Cat of Bubastes: A Tale of Ancient Egypt (Dover Children’s Classics)

God King: A Story in the Days of King Hezekiah (Living History Library)

The Story of Moses for Kids

Blank History Notebooking Pages from the Crafty Classroom

More Egypt Resources from Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A God Centered Homeschool is Seeing His Love in Action- Teaching What Matters Most

 

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A Bible based homeschool is about much more than just what we are studying and what resources we are using. While we are transformed by being in the Word, our actions that take place as part of that transformation are teaching our children just as much.

Homeschooling as a family with God at the center is a way to teach our children so much about who God is and what His love looks like for us. There are some lessons that can be taught only through experience and seeing it in action. There are things that just aren’t meant to be taught in books…

 

Everyday we teach our children.

We teach sacrifice.

We teach patience.

We teach gentleness

We teach meekness.

We teach humility.

We teach selflessness.

We teach kindness.

We teach perseverance.

We teach diligence.

We teach forgiveness.

We teach mercy.

We teach respect.

Learning together as a family provides opportunities for many sweet moments, yet we all know there are many not-so- sweet-we-wish-we-could-forget-moments.  Yet God works through it all. He works in the good moments, and He grows us through the hard ones.

Our kids can see His love in action. When we serve daily, putting others needs above ourselves, we are showing selflessness. Daily we do those chores which seem so mundane, yet they are all part of the teaching- teaching to serve, and service is never luxurious. It is always sacrificial. When we put them first over ourselves, when we serve our families, they get a glimpse of Him. With each load of laundry, pile of dishes washed, school lesson taught…we are serving.

When we teach them to resolve disputes with each other, it shows God’s forgiveness. How can we not forgive our brothers when Jesus forgave all? Point to Him in every dispute and how He wants us to treat each other. When we handle conflicts with a meek and quiet spirit, rather than uncontrolled anger, it teaches self control and humility.

When our kids see us persevere through the trials, and do so with a cheerful heart, we teach them how to handle the curveballs that life can through us at anytime. It teaches them to rely on God through the trials and to cling to the only One who can sustain us.

When they see us love and respect our husbands it is teaching them a godly relationship-what a lesson for their future! Taking time to serve our spouse, respecting them, and our letting our daily interactions be loving are so important for them to see.

As you ponder these thoughts, are you feeling inadequate at the so many times you have failed to teach these things? I know I sure do. Often. Yet, there is the beauty of teaching the one most important lesson of all… His forgiveness and our repentance. We can show our children that we are never perfect, yet He gives us the chance to come to Him in our most humble imperfections to be renewed and restored and forgiven…

Yes, we are truly teaching so much about God through our actions..His love, His mercy, and His forgiveness.. Our homes are the classroom through which these lessons are learned…

 

 

A One Day Unit Study on SNOW!

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This is a post from a few years back that I wrote on Simply Living…for Him. We had a big snow, so I surprised the children by putting away our normal books and doing a one day unit study on SNOW! Enjoy…

We had a special unit study day today all about snow.  

Everything we did today revolved around snow!

Here is what we did:

*Read Bible verses pertaining to snow:

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*Sang Chris Tomlin’s “Indescribable” for Worship time

*Learned new vocabulary words all having to do with snow

*Looked online at many interesting facts about snow and saw some amazing photos of snowflakes under the microscope.  This website is awesome! http://www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/

*Learned about the Great White Hurricane of 1888 which dumped up to 50 inches of snow in the New York City area.  We were fascinated at the pictures and stories we read about this storm.  There were snow drifts as high as 50 feet, and we read stories of people who were in the storm, walking over snowdrifts…they walked over tree tops!  The kids were so enthralled with this.

*Sang “Let it Snow”

*Learned about the Mpemba effect on water and freezing.  We did an experiment to see if hot water freezes faster than cold.  Ours didn’t, but we learned under certain conditions it can!

*Did math problems about snow…cost of snow removal and how much it would cost depending on various factors

*Made snowflakes for a craft,

 

 

 

Her snowflake says, “Jesus is as white as snow…”

…then they decorated their playhouse with the “snow”

*We talked about how each of us are unique like a snowflake, and God created snowflakes different just like us!

*We found the top ten snowiest cities in the U.S. for 2009-2010 on the map, as well as the states most likely to experience “thunder snow.”  We found that New York and Pennsylvania had the most cities in the top ten.

*Grace and Luke wrote stories about what would happen if we had a storm with three feet of snow.  John drew a picture.  I must admit, they both wrote great stories!

I really enjoyed doing a unit study and could see doing more this year.  I can see taking a whole week to study one area and why it would benefit the kids very much. I am glad we tried this method for the day.  The kids really enjoyed it, and so did I!