Classically Educated: The Art of Learning

Over the past seven years I have learned more and more about classical education.  This year is no different.

One of the many benefits of the program we use, Classical Conversations, is the program is constantly equipping parents to understand the classical education model so that we can best implement it in our home.  A few months ago, I attended a Classical Conversations Parent Practicum where I once again peeled off another layer of the onion of what we call the classical model.

It was quite enlightening.

In a previous post about the classical model, I discuss differing stages of this education model; however, I have learned to think on these stages a little differently. Continue reading Classically Educated: The Art of Learning

Let Them Get Muddy

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about homeschooling over the years, it’s this….homeschooling is so much more than the lessons, the worksheets, and even the books our children read.

It’s more than schedules.  It’s more than writing.  It’s more than the structure.

There’s a part of life that can’t be learned through books, through instruction, or through a checklist of do’s and don’ts for the day.

Sometimes it’s about life.  Sometimes it’s about letting them get muddy.

Continue reading Let Them Get Muddy

The Vitality of Our Prayer Lives

Until recently, I had never considered the vitality of my prayer life.  What is it that’s really important to the Lord when we pray?  I know He wants us to pray, so I figured since I was praying it was enough.

But what’s important to the Lord?  What does He want me to get out of this thing called prayer?

Last year I had the opportunity to experience an example of the Tabernacle, much like the Israelites built before entering the Promised Land.  What I discovered about the Lord, myself, and my relationship with the Lord surprised me.

The Tabernacle was a special place for the Israelites.  It was set in the middle of their camp, and God Himself dwelt within the Tabernacle among His people.  The Tabernacle preceded the Temple, and every detail was significant.

We can thumb through chapter upon chapter within the Old Testament to discover the immense details the Lord required of the Tabernacle.  This was to be Continue reading The Vitality of Our Prayer Lives

The Best Thing I Did for My Homeschool

This is a bit of information which I’m almost embarrassed to share with you.  After seven years of homeschooling, I really would have thought I had this figured out.  But alas, here I sit, sharing with you what just might be the most world altering event in my homeschool.

It seems so simple, and I have actually encouraged others to do this one thing; yet I’m just now putting it in practice and reaping the blessings.

Maybe you figured this out already, but deep down I’m just hoping I’m not the only one who took so long to figure this out.  It’s so simple, yet so complex. Continue reading The Best Thing I Did for My Homeschool

The Israelites, Toddler Fits, and Remembering God’s Grace

Confession time, I am a grumbler.  I am a complainer.  When things aren’t going my way, I flat out throw a nice toddler fit.  Well, I may not necessarily lay on the floor, spin around in a spectacle, but that’s what’s happening on the inside.

When my plans are askew, when the day unravels unexpectedly, when my children don’t respond the way I think they should…toddler fit.

It seems that I forget the goodness of the Lord.  It seems I forget the goodness of His grace.  It seems that I forget the goodness of life.

It’s beginning to become clearer of why the Lord so often commanded the Israelites to remember. Continue reading The Israelites, Toddler Fits, and Remembering God’s Grace

Kids Are Dangerous And Moms Shouldn’t Vacuum

Warning to all parents, or future parents.

Kids are dangerous.

I don’t mean dangerous as in kids seek out dangerous opportunities (they do, but that’s not the point), I mean kids are the danger to mothers all over the world.  Oh sure, they can pose a threat to themselves, but truth be told, they pose an enormous threat to their parents.

I always knew kids get hurt, it’s part of life, right?  But before having children of my own, I had no idea the danger they are to parents.  If you’re a parent, and this is a new-found discovery…consider yourself warned.

It wasn’t until my third child was mobile until I realized Continue reading Kids Are Dangerous And Moms Shouldn’t Vacuum

Beautiful Simplicity: The Tale of Living

Let me tell you a tale of a mom. 

This mom was like all other mothers.  She woke in the morning to the needs of her children.  She fed them breakfast, got them dressed, taught them how to walk, how to talk, how to use the restroom.  She had conversations with them, lots of conversations.  She taught them, she trained them, she disciplined them, and from time to time she enjoyed them.

Yet as the days became months, and the months became years she realized she was still doing the same thing she was doing years ago when she first became a mother.  Day in and day out, the same tasks would be completed, or at least attempted to be completed.

Well, they looked good on the tasks sheet at least. Continue reading Beautiful Simplicity: The Tale of Living

Perspective When You’re Ready to Quit

A few months ago, I sent a text to my husband which read:

“I’m putting in my two weeks notice…I quit.”

It was sent in jest, and my husband knew it, but he also knew it must be an incredibly difficult day for me to send him that message.  I had never sent a message like that before.

Then the Lord began to prod on my heart, and a word began creeping into my life.  I can’t simply get rid of the word…it just keeps coming up. Continue reading Perspective When You’re Ready to Quit

What A Homeschooler Really Learns

I was asked recently, twice in one day actually, what my children were learning that specific day.  It got me thinking what homeschoolers really learn in the course of their homeschooling life.  Better yet, what do they have the opportunity to learn?

Homeschooling frees up a parent, and student, to approach learning in a way that non-homeschoolers don’t realize.  It allows us, parent and child, to reach beyond academics enriching our understanding of the world. Continue reading What A Homeschooler Really Learns

Persevering Through Tough Homeschool Days

When the going gets tough, the tough get going, right?  Is that how you feel when the homeschooling days are long?  Is that the pep talk you give yourself when the children are complaining about their work, they won’t do their work, or when that yellow school bus drives by the house?

Nah, me either.  I’m a bit short on homeschooling pep talks these days.  Instead this is what I hear myself saying more often than not…

I am done with school!  I am done with teaching!  I am done homeschooling.

I. am. done.

Man, oh man.  Have I been there!  Actually, I was there just a few months ago.

Come to think of it, I’ve been traveling the “I’m done” road for a few years.

If there’s one thing I can say I completely get…it’s being done with this homeschooling thing.  Few things try my patience like the day in and day out of homeschooling, and I have many days in which I’m ready to just give it up for good.

Throw in the towel.

Let someone else deal with the back talk, the complaints, the eye-rolls.

But I know homeschooling is it for us.  So, how do I press on in our homeschooling goals when I’m done with it?

The link below will take you to my top-secret tips on what I really do when homeschooling just isn’t going my way.

K for Keep on Keepin’ on

Friends, I have the wonderful opportunity to share this very important topic with you over at My Joy-Filled Life.  Hop on over for the best tips in the business to keep you going on those tough days, and be sure to let me know what you would add which helps you persevere during challenging moments of homeschool!

After all, we’re all in this together, right?

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