by Lorna Shaw
Speaker at CAPE-New Mexico Convention
Have you ever thought about giving up on home schooling?
I have thought about quitting, but a wise pastor once told me that a decision to quit should never be made when I was tired, frustrated, or discouraged. He used examples from Nehemiah to make his point.
by Denise Eide
Speaker at MassHOPE Convention
Letter DictationProvide students with a whiteboard, chalkboard, sensory box, or paper. Say the sounds of one of the letters. Direct the students to write the letter.
Direct the students to close their eyes and write the letter five to ten times without looking. Without visual cues, the students must rely on muscle memory. Instruct the students to open their eyes and choose the letter which is written the most legibly.
by Connie Rossini
Are your kids begging you to buy them a tablet, Wii, or smartphone? Here are five reasons you should say no, in reverse order of importance.
5. All your friends and neighbors regret they gave in.
Have you talked to any parent who has said, “I’m so glad we bought our son video games?” or, “I wish our daughter spent more time texting?” Although this may not be true of our society as a whole, every relative, homeschool parent, and friend I have discussed the subject with tell me, “Don’t do it.”
by Jennifer Chase, MSW
Have you ever wondered why you started homeschooling in the first place? Are you weary? Do your children seem more like a “burden” than a “blessing” today? Well, you are not alone ... not even maybe, or a little bit. You are among some of the greatest women and men who have chosen to spend the best hours of their kids’ days together learning those times tables and science equations. Sometimes I feel crazy and then I remember ,“Oh yeah, that is why we started.” I say it quietly, remembering that “long ago” calling to have my blessings home all day–with ME.
by Marilyn Rockett
Run, run! Hurry, hurry! Keep your home reasonable enough to function; be on time for piano lessons, soccer practices, and games; cook meals; do laundry; help with a co-op class; be a wife (oh yeah, that too); and more while teaching your children! Whew! It’s enough to exhaust Mom and give her early gray hairs.
Yes, it’s a big commitment of time and resources, but you know it is right for your children, your family, and for eternity. You don’t want to throw in the towel because you are worn out. These ten things may revolutionize your life and homeschool or, at least, give you a boost: