Category Archives: Homeschooling

The Principle Approach

We have started implementing the principle approach in our homeschool just about a year ago. It has been a true blessing to our family as a whole. We have grown spiritual, as well as, becoming a loving family. I adore learning as a  family and training my boys in a biblical worldview in every subject and area of life.

Here are some sites that have been an encouragement to me pertaining to the fascinating principle approach. I have to admit I was overwhelmed at first, but learning a little here and there has grown tremendously over the course of the year. It is a whole new thinking process, but how rewarding it is to see your childrens fruit blossom.

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PrincipleApproach.org

American Christian Government

Homeschoolworld

Curriculum Connection

The Pilgrim Institute

Philomath Foundation

BFS ~ Easy Button

myassignmentI would be so blessed if I had some prayer warriors praying for me this week.

First, I would like my thoughts be nothing but wonderful in His eyes.  My memory verse for this week is


Second, my dh and I have committed to God and to one another to implement the Dave Ramseys’ financial plan.  In order for this to happen, we must sell our house.  I love my house!  But I know God is calling us to do this in order to pay off debt.  Please help me be motivated and cheerful in preparation getting the house ready for showings.  Please pray that we will find a comfortable house in the country that meets our financial needs.  I don’t want to move back to the city.  I know this is only temporary, but the end of the road seems so far away.  BTW ~ I hate change.

Thank you in advance for your prayers.  I know God is capable of changing my heart.  But I need a little push……  I would be honored if you would leave your hearts callings for me to share with God this week.  Have a beautiful week.

WFMW ~ Lent Season

wfmwsmall I have always wanted my children to really understand the true meaning of Easter, but time always seems to slip by and it’s Easter Sunday and my children are eating all those healthy chocolate Easter bunnies.  This is year I decided to make this Lent season a true spiritual memory for all of us.  I came across this free Lent activities a few days ago.  It has lots of creative and meaningful activities to do as a family during the 40 days of Lent.  Very simple and not burdensome.

Also, I plan on putting together an Easter Unit Study or Lapbook by implementing some of these links….

Homeschool Helper

EasyFunschool ~ A Passover Unit Study

Lapbook Lessons

Easter Story

Resurrection Egg Lapbook

Resurrection Eggs

Easter Ideas

Jelly Bean Poem

Bible Coloring Sheets

Annie’s Easter Page ~ lots of good history

Dying Easter Eggs ~ lots of creative ways

Hot Cross Buns ~ recipe

Easter Scripture

Celebrating Passover

And More Easter activities

I’m sure there are plenty more great ideas.  Please feel free to leave any links or ideas that will help us all recognize the true significance of this Holy holiday.

Have a blessed Lent Season!






Fan the Flame

flameIt seems like many homeschoolers begin to see the fire die out around this time of year. Yet it doesn’t always take a whole lot to get the flames burning bright again. It may be one small change in your routine. Maybe it’s trying out an idea you’ve been pondering for awhile. Or you might need to throw on a bit of kindling on to fuel that fire.

THEME: Let’s see some sparks of imagination as we encourage one another, sharing ways to get your homeschool efforts cooking again. What is something you’ve done, or thought about doing, to “fan the flame” of waning motivation?

Several things that I have done in the past to spark our homeschool during February.  Weird, how it’s always this particular month, huh.

First, I have done several unit studies by Amanda Bennett. I give the boys 3 choices and they vote on the particular study.  Amanda Bennetts unit studies are little to no preparation and you can do it all on-line.

Second, I have had a week of Unschooling sort of speaking.  I ask the boys what they want to learn today.  They are to research it and write a notebook page on the subject.  Sometimes they continue with the same subject all week if their interests sparks or change subjects each day.  This is beneficial because we can’t teach our children everything in life, but we can educate them how to learn and research.

Third, pick a subject and go to the library.  Get all the books you can on that subject including fiction.  Enjoy reading together and maybe even doing a project at the end of the week.

Check out other ideas on how to spark your homeschool here.

BFS ~ Being all you can be

myassignmentMemory Verse: 1 John 4:16 (NIV)

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.

Intro: Sometime “being all you can be” is a challenge. We are trying to balance being a godly wife, mother, teacher, keeper of the home, and much more. None of us are perfect and we all struggle in our own ways with being able to achieve what we feel needs to get done.

Assignment: This week I thought we could share what great ways we have found to help with all we have to do. Besides the obvious getting face down in front of God, what have you found that works? Have you done a great bible study that deals with this area? Do you have a certain “thing” that really helps you like a planner or gadget? Do you have a certain bible verse that just speaks to you and you have it posted so you see it all the time? Is there a website that is really valuable to you in this area? What do you do that if someone else found out about it, they could benefit from it?

First, I must give God all the glory for allowing me to stay sane and from not jumping off the nearest bridge everyday.  Staying home with 5 boys can cause some distress at a times.  LOL!  Honestly, I love my chosen career and wouldn’t have it any other way.  However, I do have my moments where I feel a tad frazzled.

I try to rise up each morning at least 30 minutes before the first ds comes sneaking into my lap.  This gives me time to meditate on  my daily bible reading, prayer time, and plan out my day and write it on my daily agenda sheet that I created in publisher.  This time always lifts my spirit and allows me to prepare myself mentally and spiritually for the many hats I wear throughout the day.  Of course, coffee is always involved.

Second, I have a routine that I stick to as much as possible.  For the most part, everything happens in the same sequence everyday regardless of the time.  I have found this to work marvelous for my crew.  Everyone knows what to do,  when to do it and what comes next.

Third, I try to prepare as much of our supper meal at lunch time.  For example, if we are having a casserole for dinner, I would prepare it at lunch time before I clean up from lunch.  Also, I LOVE my crock pot.  We are best friends!

Fourth, I have a cleaning schedule that I created from reading this ebook here.  I have used motivatedmoms in the past and have loved it!  It worked great for me.  It is especially wonderful for  the procrastinator.  I involve my children in the chore process.   I feel if you don’t train your children in the household tasks that you will be doing them a disservice later on.  Yes, my boys clean the bathroom.  My DIL are going to love me.

Finally, I have a notebook for everything.  I am a notebook queen.

Visit other homeschool mom’s ideas here to make our life a little less hectic.

Taste Bud science experiment

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Today is co-op at our house.  It’s my responsibility to prepare and come up with an unique lesson to occupy 11 children little brains ranging from ages 2-14.  So, I found this easy science experiment on Taste buds by browsing through this cool science experiment book, 101 Cool Science Experiments with Glen Singleton.

To enhance the experiment we will be discussing this article here.

Then all the children will be completing a notebook page.

Here are some other experiments that I found…

Bumpy Tongue

Family Fun

Terrific Taste Buds using Jelly Bellies

Fun, Fun, Fun!

BFS ~ Interview with Mom

myassignment1Memory Verse: Psalms 127:3 (New Living Translation) Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.

Intro: This week we continue with shaking things up a bit. Children are often so pure in what they say. There is no sugar coating it, they just say it as they see it. There thoughts can make us laugh, touch our hearts and open our eyes.

Assignment: This week are going to do an “Interview With Mom” and post it to your blog. There are a list of questions below to interview your children with. Feel free to add your own questions or remove any question you don’t want to use. You will then ask your children the questions and post the answers that they give you.

WHAT DOES MOM ALWAYS SAY TO YOU?

ds12 ~ “it’s gotta be somewhere!”

ds10 ~ “Are you listening?”

ds7 ~ “Your in trouble!”

ds4 ~ “Yes!”

WHAT MAKES MOM HAPPY?

Ds12 ~ books

ds10 ~ Wii Fit

ds7 ~ hogging the computer

ds4 ~ when he doesn’t hurt anyone

WHAT MAKES MOM SAD?

ds12 ~ a chick flick

ds10 ~ when we don’t do our school work

ds7 ~ movies

ds4 ~ when I spank him

HOW DOES MOM MAKE YOU LAUGH?

ds12 & ds10 ~ when I play the Wii Fit boxing

ds7 ~ when I lose a game

ds4 ~ when I tickle him

HOW OLD IS MOM?

ds12 & ds10 ~ 37

ds7 ~ 39

ds4 ~ 1 year old

HOW TALL IS MOM?

ds12, ds10, ds7 ~ 5 feet 7 in

ds4 ~ 44 feet

WHAT DOES MOM LIKE TO DO?

All ds ~ Wii Fit, read, eat beets, play guitar, check email, play game

WHAT IS MOM’S JOB?

ds12 ~ teach them and teach bible study at our church

ds10 ~ cook, take care of house

ds4 ~ take a shower

WHAT IS MOM’S FAVORITE FOOD?

ds12 ~ fruit

ds10 ~ grapefruit, tacos

ds7 ~ coffee, toast

ds4 ~ chocolate

HOW DO YOU KNOW MOM LOVES YOU?

ds12 ~ by reading to them

ds10 ~ teaching us school

ds7 ~ by making us lunch

ds4 ~ he doesn’t know

To read more funny interviews, click here.

Have a wonderful week with you children.