Easter is around the corner, and it is one of children’s favorite holidays- mostly for one reason alone- CANDY! What kid doesn’t love to wake up to a basket-full of candy or do an egg hunt and see how much candy he or she received!
You may not have signed up to be a homeschool mom or dad, but now that we are all in the same boat, let’s talk about 5 ways we can survive this often rough-water experience without sinking or jumping overboard. Perhaps these tips will not only help you survive, but help you thrive as a new and improved homeschool parent!
One of the major decisions every parent must make is how to educate their children. While there is not one “best fit” for every family, it is good to prayerfully seek information on the options God has provided and be open and obedient to whatever the Lord is calling your family to do. My first interview is with my sister-in-law, Rachel. She has homeschooled her kids from the beginning, some of whom are now graduated, and she and her husband have raised children of integrity who love and serve the Lord and others. She has a lot of great wisdom to share with us…
Over the next several months, I will be sharing wisdom from seasoned moms, experienced with specific educational models, to find out the advantages and disadvantages of each model. In this article, we will look at homeschooling with co-ops to learn more about this approach…It was my pleasure to interview Angie, a mom with five kids, ages 16, 14, 11, 9, and 6. Her family has homeschooled while attending a co-op for the past four years.
In this article, we will look at homeschooling with an eclectic approach and discover different options for instructional support within homeschooling, such as co-ops, online classes, and other programs, to see what an eclectic approach to homeschooling can look like for you family. It was my pleasure to interview a dear friend and wonderful mom of three, Louise. She has homeschooled her children ages 11, 13, and 19 for nine years, using an eclectic approach to homeschooling.
A year ago my family was blessed to meet the Erkmann family when we attended a World Vision walk to raise money for clean water. As we drove up to the race, we were delighted to find a family of smiling kids passing out necklaces and race bibs as others prepared for the walk. The Erkmanns have SUCH a heart for the poor around the world and involving others to make a difference. Our family was touched by their servant hearts and the overall mission of the walk!
Asking spiritual questions to our kids is something we don’t often think about, yet it is SO important for our children’s spiritual development. Discussing spiritual matters allows our kids to connect Jesus into their every day world and encourage them to put God first in their lives. It also helps them feel comfortable asking questions and talking about God throughout the day!
Spring is my favorite time of year, and I enjoy spending time outside with the family during these warmer months. There is something about nature that draws me closer to God, and I want my family to experience that too. Here are some outdoor family activities to encourage your kids to know and love God, be like Him in character, and share His love with others!
Have you ever wished you could eliminate those countless hours of screen time on long road trips? What if you could give your kids a constructive activity that the whole family enjoys? I know books are great, and we encourage our kids to read in the car as much as possible. It’s also important to use some car time to talk or play family games, but it’s nice to have other options as well. One of the activities we enjoy on road trips and when traveling around town is listening to audio dramas: stories that come to life through the character’s voices and sound affects without the visual input.
While it’s fun to buy chocolates and other Valentine’s gifts that show our kids we love them, we can also buy gifts that remind them how much their Heavenly Father loves them! With this in mind, here are my favorite Valentine’s gifts for kids to lead them closer to the Lord!