Getting the Most Out of Homeschooling Conferences

Can I confess something? Until 2012, I had not been to a homeschooling conference that required me to put on something other than pajamas in years. In a homeschooling community that thrives on conferences and gatherings in general, I had reached—or so I thought—that point in my homeschooling journey where conferences had little to offer. I felt that I had passed the “how to homeschool” phase and I am definitely past the point where I need other parents around me to convince me that we are doing the right thing. I have to say, however, that this “more seasoned” dog, shall we say, was blessed by others’ new tricks.  You can find more about my experience here in my contribution to Heart of the Matter Online.   Also, be sure an check out the AHEAD Conference at http://americanhomeeducation.org/.   Enjoy!

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Training for Every Season

“Just as the high school student must think past seeing Jane run academically, so he or she must think past Noah’s Ark, past David’s slingshot, and even past the work done on the Cross. What of it? How do I apply all that I have been taught (and presumably learned, the difference of which is another post altogether)? This is the time to see what a child believes, and to step back from the memorization of facts–though memorization is still important–and instead watch and learn. As a student ourselves, we are to trust God that seeds were planted on good soil.”

In this month’s Heart of the Matter Online blog, I talk about raising children in the fear and admonition of the Lord, and how their season of growth and development in Christ parallels the classical approach to other subjects.   You can read more here

 

9 Ways to Rest and Restore

“If mothers could learn to do for themselves what they do for their children when these are overdone, we should have happier households. Let the mother go out to play! If she would have the courage to let everything go when life becomes too tense, and just take a day, or half a day, out in the fields, or with a favourite book, or in a picture gallery looking long and well at just two or three pictures, or in bed, without the children, life would go on far more happily for both children and parents…” Charlotte Mason, The Original Home Schooling Series by Charlotte Mason

 

Restoration is not just about us; we may be quite comfortable with ourselves and our methods of educating our children. Yet, we sometimes need restoration so that we can restore life and energy to what is around us. Think about it: attitude is a reflection of leadership. Are those “younger mirrors“ in your home reflecting what you want to see?   Your homeschool might be anything but restful right now, but read on and maybe store this one for later!  Blessings!!

The “In Spite of” Life

 

Many of us live “in spite of” lives. In fact, I believe that an “in spite of” mentality is necessary if we are to stay upon that course which we believe in our hearts is God-ordained. This is a truth that is as important to our homeschooling journey as it is in any other area of our lives.    Distractions will come.    Storms will come.    We question our path. What does an “in spite of” mentality require?   Read on here

 

Inspiring Greatness

Today, the 8-1/2×11 coloring page is way too small for this budding artist, so he decides to express himself on your white wall. Yesterday, she approaches you with 10 shirts, 3 pairs of ever-so-slightly different pairs of jeans, and 5 shoe options to create that perfect outfit because she has “nothing to wear.” But could you be staring at the next Norman Rockwell or Vera Wang? Absolutely. In my September contribution to Heart of the Matter Online, I talk about one facet of our homeschools that inspires greatness. You can enjoy that here

Best Of…cutting costs when preparing to homeschool

On tomorrow, if the Lord says the same, I’ll attempt to fill in for an ailing Diana Waring and speak at the Heart of the Matter Online conference.    I’ll talk about cutting costs, but still teaching and learning effectively.     You can find much of what I’ll share here and here, posts that, ironically enough, were generated as a follow-up to other presentations!   How cool is that?!?  Yet, I also thought I’d post a few older entries regarding my thoughts on spending dollars where they count, and not being sidetracked by packaging, etc.    Here goes:

1)Buying books, not stuff

2) Do you really need curriculum?

3) All you really need is

4) What we do

 

Enjoy and be blessed!  Also, please lift Diana up to the Lord.   I feel a special connection to her as she was a critical piece of the numerous blessings that have elevated our business to a new level, and it is equally ironic, I think, that I will speak in her place.   Thanks.