Humility and the Successful Parent

Recently an employee at Sam’s Club greeted my daughter and I with a surprising comment. I did not recognize her, but she said, “I just love seeing you two together. You look like such good friends.” We thanked her and walked in a bit bewildered. This morning a mother of six children asked me what…

No Greater Joy

I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth. (3 John 1:4 ESV) When I read this verse I immediately wrote it down because it speaks to my heart – and most likely the heart of every Christian mother. I do desire my children’s health and happiness, and…

Day 22: High School Tip – Tailor Your Student’s Education

The beauty of homeschooling is that we don’t have to fit into the public school system’s box! But sometimes we forget how freeing this fact is and how it can make our student’s high school experience extraordinary! In Florida, the requirements in high school are no different from the elementary grades – an annual evaluation and an…

Day 21: Homeschooling Tips – Focus on Your Child’s Strengths

As a homeschooling mom, I had the tendency to focus on my children’s weakest areas, giving them the most attention and criticism. Spelling was an area of weakness for all of my children when they were young. And although they were good writers, I would read their papers and rather than looking at the content,…

Day 20: High School Tip – Take AP Classes/Tests

AP (Advanced-Placement) Classes, Dual-Enrollment classes, and CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) tests, what’s the best option? Some colleges don’t give credit for CLEP tests, so you should check with a prospective college before your student spends the time and money in CLEP preparation. Dual-Enrollment courses give your student both high school and college credit. But not…

Homeschooling 101: Give your students time on the computer

I know this seems like a contradictory statement, just a couple of days ago I encouraged homeschooling parents to limit electronic use in their children’s lives. But they do need to be competent when it comes to working with computers, so it is necessary to prepare them adequately. In the grammar school years, it is most…

Day 17: Homeschooling Tip – Limit the Use of Electronics

Although I am writing this tip on my computer while my kids text me and my husband updates his birding list on his iPad, I recognize there is such a thing as too much in regard to the use of electronics. Just like every other habit, entertaining ourselves with electronic devices can be a difficult…

Day 15: Homeschooling Tip – Write, Write, Write

I remember reading a book on teaching children to write in my early years of homeschooling called Anyone Can Write. I have misplaced the book and cannot give the name of the author, but what I remember loving about the book was that it gave specific examples of a progressive approach to teaching our children…

Day 14: High School Tip – Challenge Your Senior

Better late than never… Have your senior in high school tackle a really big project. Our students can do exceptional things. Some of the students in our homeschool support group have organized carnivals, concerts, banquets, etc. They raised upward of $3000 for local orphanages, crisis pregnancy centers, and other community service organizations. These projects develop…