Don’t Lose Heart

Whatever you do today…don’t lose heart! Romans 12:1 tells us presenting our bodies as holy living sacrifices is a reasonable service of worship. There are many other verses in the Bible which encourage us to persevere. But it is only in response to God’s marvelous, gracious, forgiving, healing, redeeming love we will have the motivation we…

Day 24: High School Tip – For the College-bound Homeschooler

Not all colleges have the same entrance requirements for homeschoolers. Some schools require SAT II tests in the major subject areas or 2 classes in an accredited institution for entrance. Others want a detailed syllabus for each class taken throughout high school. Universities may require other hoops for the home schooled senior to jump through….

Day 12: High School Tip – Seek Advice

  Ask Moms who have successfully homeschooled their students through high school for advice. Ask them both what they were glad they did with their children as well as what they wished they had done differently. They are invaluable assets to your homeschooling journey. They can be a wonderful source of encouragement!

Day 10: High School Tip – Take Standardized Tests

Don’t wait until junior year (11th grade) to take the first standardized test. The best preparation for standardized testing is taking tests. The more familiar with the testing routine the more comfortable your students will feel and the more confidence they will have taking the test for college entrance (if that is your goal). The…

Day 5: Homeschooling Tip – Let Your Words Edify

Keep your students challenged in the areas of their strength, identify their weaknesses, but don’t demoralize your children. There is a tricky balance between working at improving areas of weakness and focusing so much on them that your student feels like a failure. I found my responses had a very profound impact on my children’s…

Overcoming the Dragon of Defeat

When I was a college student,  I struggled with writing. Back in those days – not exactly prehistoric – there were no word processing programs, no personal computers, no touch screens. My state-of-the-art electric typewriter could backspace one space to make a correction with a double tape ribbon. That meant, if I caught a spelling…

Homeschool Tip #15: Demonstrate Generosity

Being generous does not only mean giving money. Generosity is the characteristic of giving in general. The Bible tells us that if we have two shirts and see someone in need, we are to give one away (Luke 3:11); if our neighbor comes knocking at our door in the middle of the night seeking bread,…

Beware of the Ides of March

The warning of the soothsayer in Shakespeare’s famous play, Julius Caesar, might not seem applicable to homeschooling. But beware, it does seem that every year the middle of March brings with it a sort of malaise that saps the life out of homeschoolers and their parents alike. Unless you are a first year homeschool mom,…

Tip #20: Find Joy in the Small Things

Making and decorating gingerbread on Christmas day has been a family tradition since the children were little. After all the gifts are opened, the meal eaten and the dishes done, the kids and I have made gingerbread houses, villages, mangers, and cookies and have decorated them with royal icing and lots of candy. We used…

Tip #18: Don’t Neglect Fun

I have a mother who knew how to play. She still does. She enjoys life and lives it to the limit. I don’t agree with every philosophy that my mother employs, but I did learn the importance of fun. The times we spent playing tennis, swimming, going on adventures, traveling, singing, dancing, roller skating, etc….