One Simple Change At A Time

I’m getting there.

Little by little, step by step, one simple change at a time.

One ounce here and one ounce there, adds up to, or subtracts to equal a healthier me.

One Simple Change at a Time

I may be slow, but the ounces have to go!

I have lost 25 pounds so far,  and I am getting closer to my goal.

25 pounds equal 400 ounces gone since January!

One simple change is a step in the right direction.

Privileged Species Movie Review

If you are looking for a Christian movie resource for your home or church, look no further than FishFlix.com.  FishFlix recently sent us the movie Privileged Species for a review and we are very impressed.  This is a company that cares about making quality wholesome movies available to families. FishFlix.com is an online store that has thousands of high quality Christian DVDs.

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You can find everything from faith based drama, Christian classics, big box office movies like The Passion of The Christ, historical films, documentaries, biographies, Apologetic materials to build your faith, Christian children’s films like Veggie Tales, What’s In The Bible, Davey and Goliath, Torchlighters, AutoBGood, 321 Penguins, Story Teller, and so much more in their online store.  FishFlix offers movies at affordable prices and FREE shipping for orders over $35.  They also offer 10% off when you sign up to receive their newsletter.

This company can meet all of your Christian film needs for your family and your church.  They offer assistance to help churches acquire a special license to show movies in a group setting.  FishFlix.com is owned by a Christian family owned company called Lukas Media. The company honors God by hard work, good service and quality products.

The FishFlix company philosophy is:  “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men”. Colossians 3:23-24
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him”. Colossians 3:17

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Privileged Species

How the Cosmos Is Designed for Human Life.

DVD
33 minutes
For all ages
Retails for $14.99
On sale now for $9.99

Privileged Species:

This documentary answers the questions:  “Are Humans the random product of a blind and uncaring universe? Or are they the beneficiaries of a cosmic order that was planned beforehand to help them flourish?”

Privileged Species is a documentary produced by the Discovery Institute.  It explores the growing evidence from physics, chemistry, biology, and related fields that prove that earth and our universe was designed to support human life.  All life on earth involves Carbon, Water, and Oxygen.  By looking at the evidence we can see life on earth was designed to support large multi-cellular beings that have specific needs and opporate within specific boundaries.

The Privileged Species documentary features a well known geneticist and author named Michael Denton.  He has spent many years investigating the special properties of carbon, water, and oxygen that make human life and the life of other organisms possible.  In this film he shares in a fascinating way some of the unique features of humans that make us a privileged species, not an accident of evolution or a big bang.  We were designed with specific intention by an intelligent creator.

My family really enjoyed watching this documentary and it sparked a lot of discussion about our life and our faith with our kids.  This is movie has amazing photography and is beautifully done.  It is a keeper and going on our homeschool science shelf to be reviewed again and again.

I was really inspired by this film and went to Youtube and looked up Michael Denton and watched several interviews with him.  He is a fascinating person with a lot of research and knowlege.  He is called to an amazing purpose to expose the false doctrine of evolution theory created by Darwin.

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Knights and Nobles Unit Study Review

Want to take a trip back in time? What time in history would you choose to travel too? I asked my kids this very question and they wanted to travel back to the Middle Ages, a time of Knights, Nobles, Kings, Queens, and Castles.

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Homeschool Legacy offered us the opportunity to review their Knights & Nobles Once A Week Unit Study and travel back in time to learn about life in the middle ages. We were excited about doing this unit study and learn more about this period in history.

Knights and Nobles Unit Study

Knight and Nobles

4 Week Unit Study
Retails for $14.00 for PDF eBook download and $18.95 for printed version
Grades 2-12
Biblically centered
Easy to do
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This unit study is divided into 4 weeks, with an option to stretch it to five to host a Midevil Feast. Each week is laid out for you with suggestions for books to read, videos to watch, and activities to complete.  Lots of options for books and videos are given, and you can pick and choose which ones you are interested in, and what works best for your schedule and family’s needs.

The basic schedule for each week is:

Monday: add in reading and read aloud to your normal school routine

Tuesday:  add in reading and read aloud to your normal school routine

Wednesday: Eliminate your normal school routine,  and add in add in the family bible devotional, individual book reading and the family read aloud, and various unit study activities in science, history, writing, art, math, etc.

Thursday: add in reading and read aloud to your normal school routine

Friday: normal school routine, plus complete your reading and read alouds, go on a field trip, or host a family game night.  Each week also concludes with a fun “Stump your dad” trivia question for kids to get their dad’s involved too.

How we used this product in our homeschool:

Before getting started, the kids made a timeline on notebook paper to keep track of events and famous people from the middle ages they would learn about along the way.  We also looked over the list of books, and made a list we liked and found web sites and videos we wanted to include too.   I did a lot of prep work, and we made personalized folders, and I printed off several coloring pages, word puzzles, and other helpful things I found on nternet searches and placed them in the folders to use through out the study.  We turned these folders into a kind of lapbook, but had the advantage of three whole punch in the center to hold papers like a notebook, and also pockets on the inside of the folders to hold loose projects too.  I’ve included a few pictures of the kids working in their lapbooks, but I will create a separate post to go over the lapbooks in more detail in a future story, be sure to check back for more info.

Week 1: Castles

The kids watched David Macaulay’s Castle and Cathedrals PBS video documentary on Youtube. They learned a lot about castle and church architecture, and history of the church.  I wasn’t quite ready for the kids to learn some of the darker things of church history like greed, power, unbiblical agenda’s, and evil government control over the church, etc. but they did gain an understanding on the scope of the architecture and scale of the building projects and that was the main goal.  We had some long discussions about church history following those videos. Specifically why it is best for the government not to run the church and how greatful we are that our ancestors came to America to be free from that kind of control.

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We explored some other videos that were more suitable for younger kids, and easier to understand.  My kids are elementary and middle school aged.  There are several other really good videos on castles, and some great ones with virtual tours of the Biltmore Castle in Asheville, NC.  We used to live close by the Biltmore, and we would see the castle nearly every day as we drove past it on the highway.  But now it would be an 8 hour drive to get there, so we were not able to travel to see it during this review.

We loved creating our own castles, both model castles and virtual castles.  We watched videos to increase our knowledge of how to make them.   This short 1 minute video was another really easy one for the kids to understand, and helped them create their own castles.  We made physical castles and virtual castles on their favorite online game called Minecraft. This was a really good learning exercise for them.

We also explored some web sites about specific castles and a really good one with lots of information about castles in many countries was called Great Castles.  On this site, the kids learned about castles in Ireland, England, Wales, Germany, and many other countries and also could choose coloring pages of the famous castles to print and color.

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We took a field trip to Loveland, Ohio to see the LaRoche Castle.  It was a rainy spring day with a chill in the air, and kind of fitting to go see a castle on a day like this.  You can read more about our field trip and what we learned on this excursion in a seperate story.

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All of the kids colored their own castles.  We searched famous castles online, and they picked out their own castles to color.  The younger kids had easier castles to work with and the older kids had very complicated and detailed realistic castle drawings to work with.

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The kids also designed castles with Legos, paper, boxes, and other building materials. My oldest son also made 3D models from paper and a popup castle too.

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They also played chess at home, chess at the LaRoche Castle field trip, and they played several historic games from the Middle Ages at the LaRoche Castle too.

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My kids love Minecraft.  Building a virtual castle was a lot of fun.  After learning about blueprints and building with architecture drawings, we found a wonderful Minecraft castle tutorial online to expand the learning even more.  The kids practiced math and spatial skills, building to scale, and had a great time creating their virtual castels.

 

Week 2: Kings and Queens

We read about King Arthur and the Knights of the round table.  Some of this chapter’s learning took place before the Middle Ages, such as studying King Solomon, the greatest king that ever lived.  We had fun learning about the life of kings and queens and nobility.  We read the book of Esther in the bible and studied Queen Esther’s life and heroism.  We also read about King Solomon, King David, and King Josiah.  I found coloring pages online for each of these Kings and Queens and the kids had fun coloring them and then put them into their lapbook folders.

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We watched several movies including: One Night With the King (Queen Esther and King Xerses), AD TV series, The Final Inquiry (Roman soldier who investigates the story of Christ’s death and resurrection for the Emperer of Rome just before Rome fell and the middle ages began).

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My oldest son loves oragami and researched making some paper art pieces.  He made pop up castles, and he also made a crown.

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The kids learned about how letters were written in all capital letters and had no spaces between words until a scholar from Charlamaine’s Court invented lower case letters, spaces, and punctuation.  Letters were very hard to read before.   We also learned about a style of calligraphy writing called Versal Manuscript, and the kids made their own personalized bookmarks.

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Week 3: Knights

This week the kids learned about Knights in shining armor and weaponry.  They learned about body armor, swords, archery with bows and arrows, and catapults.  They learned about great nights like the Three Musketeers and Ivanhoe and learned about coat of arms, and having a code of honor, a list of virtues one pledges to live by.

As Christians, our code of honor is the standard of the bible, no more, no less.  They decorated their own coat of arms and wrote out their own code of honor.

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We have built catapults in the past, and they are a lot of fun.  We have several sitting on display on shelves in our house.  We also made them in the past for our Lego and Robotics club and had teams shoot them into a wooden castle.  We have bows and arrows and the kids have had a lot of practice shooting them too.  Two of our sons have been out hunting deer with them in the fall of the year too.   But this time learning about weapons of the Middle Ages, we wanted to make a sword.  We had seen some wooden swords for $20+ each at the castle we visited, but did not want to pay the high price for them by the time we bought one for each child.  We also checked on buying them online, but by the time you paid for shipping, wooden swords were going to cost around $20-$25 a piece.  If we bought a sword for each child (we have six kids) it was going to cost us at least $120 or more.   Instead we we decided we could make them ourselves.  We were able to purchase 1″ x 4″ x 8′ boards which costs less than $5 a board.  Each board produced 3 wooden swords that were 32″ long each. This made the cost of each sword less than $2 a sword for the materials.

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Week 4: Life in a Manor

This week was just as much fun as the previous weeks.  We learned about life in a manor, midevil games and story telling.  We made up a fictional historical story and drew out the story in a series of pictures.  We learned to juggle.  We looked up the history of various last names (surnames) and how they relate to a person’s occupation during this time in history.

My kids love to bake, and we decided to learn more about the history of baking during middle ages.  One fun food we enjoy today that was invented then was the pretzel . My kids love pretzels!  Wikipedia has a lot of information about the history of the pretzel.

We loved this adorable read aloud book about Walter the Baker and making pretzles.

We live on a homestead, and our kids have a lot of experience with farm animals, growing food, caring for the land, etc. They also learn carpentry skills with their daddy who has been in construction for over 27 years and is a very skilled craftsman. I hope as we head into summer we can find some additional hands on activities to do like blacksmithing and metal working, masonry, etc. I am hoping my big boys will help me cast some garden projects with cement and stones too. It is fun to learn about different kinds of skilled trades and broaden our experience as we learn new skills.

We watched some rennissance festivals and movies on Youtube.  The kids really enjoyed learning about Robin Hood who became a hero because he gave money that he took from the rich to the poor peasants in the villages.  We don’t believe in stealing, and story this opened the door for many more discussions, and just because someone becomes a hero to one group who has been mistreated or discriminated against by those in power, they can still be a terrorist to other groups, which we still see in the world today.  Later the kids had fun climbing trees, playing tag, practicing their fencing skills with their wooden swords, and acting like Robin Hood.

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Feast

We have not completed the feast of the study yet.  We plan to host a feast as soon as we can. I’m not positive what we have decided for our theme, we are kind of leaning toward calling it Dinner with the King.  Dad will serve as King.  But we may call it something different and focus on peasant life, or skilled trades, etc.   We are looking forward to having fun with this.

We have watched several videos about food and read web sites about food from the Middle Ages time period.   One resource is History For Kids – Medieval Food.   We plan to host a feast soon, and set the table with fancy table settings and enjoy a meal as if we were in the castle eating with the King.

We have planned our dinner menu, we just need to set a date.
Rotisseri Chicken
Hunter’s stew (deer meat, carrots, onions, served on plates or bowls made of bread).
Salad
Tray of nuts, fruit, and cheese.
Peasant Bread / Barley Pancakes / Crepes / Pretzels   we might make all four varieties or just one.   (can be made from any oats, millet, buckwheat, rye, barley)
Pouridge (made from any oats, millet, buckwheat, rye, barley), not sure exactly how I plan to do this, but the Native Americans made theirs with berries, grain (like corn), and maple syrup, so I think I can find a similar recipe from Europe using these other grains from the time period.  If not, this dish may turn into a cobbler or something similar.
Custard Pie (we plan to make dad’s favorite Sugar Cream Pie)

Ideas suggested in the unit study for entertainment will be: a mime game called Charades; also Chess; and each child will prepare a joke to share.

There are so many wonderful things to study about the Middle Ages that we have decided that we are not done.  We want to learn more.   We are going to continue learning more through out our summer and take this time in history much slower and study even deeper than we did during this 4 week unit study. I think planning to spend a whole semester or even two semesters doing unit studies about this time in world history and church history would make an awesome school year for middle and highschool kids.   This unit study was a good and quick opportunity to get our feet wet.  Now we want to take our time and learn even more.

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Food Is Fuel and Medicine

This man inspires me.

He is extrodinary.

He lives life with passion and determination to overcome.

Check out this short video, you will be inspired too, by this man’s passion to live life to the fullest no matter his physical and mental challenges.

He also eats whole food nutrition to help fuel his body for athletic competition that seems impossible for a person to do, and completely crazy for a man in his condition to do.

I believe that you never know what you are capable of doing until you give it your best, do it with passion, use wisdom that comes from the Lord, and never give up.

Truly inspiring!

3 John 1:2 “dear friend, and I pray that all goes well for you. I hope that you are as strong in body, as I know you are in spirit.”

I am so happy that I listened to wisdom and became a part of this movement towards better health too.  I want to live extrodinary.   I have lived with determination to overcome great obstacles, and I have lived with passion, doing my best at everything I put my energy into while sharing and caring for others needs, but I also want to live with wisdom and purpose.

You can do this too!  You can over come health challenges and live an extrodinary life.  No matter how big or small, with whole food nutrition to fuel your body and help it recover, there is you can push the limits of what you think you can do and you can overcome.

God created our bodies, an engineering marvel, that science and pharmacuticals can not duplicate or fix.    Pharmacuticals can only mask the symptoms, but it doesn’t fix the problem. Who can fix our bodies then?  If science can’t do it, and doctors with meds can’t do it, who can help us heal? God can.  How?  He created the perfect fuel (whole food) to energize our body, and the perfect medicine (whole food (fruits, leaves, spices, seeds, honey, etc) and oils (olive oil, and fragrant essential oils) to heal it, as well as prayer, praise, faith, joy, forgiveness, and acceptance of the cuts and bruises Jesus suffered for our healing.  He desires for us to live in health and has made a way for us to do so.

Gods ways are not man’s ways. Science is only beginning to look at whole food’s ability to heal and they are finding is that whole foods contain micro-nutrients that are stronger and more effective than any pharmacutical.  No kidding!  And not only that, to work effectively the micro nutrients need the other micro nutrients in that plant to do the job.  So you can’t just remove vitamin C for example, and have it work as effectively in large quantities, as it can in smaller quantities if left in tact with it’s other nutrient co-factors in that food.  Things like blueberries, lemons, apples, pomagrannats, turmeric, raw honey, raw milk, grapes, clove oil, garlic,  frankensense oil, rosemary oil, cilantro, oregano oil, etc, are more bio available and stronger than any chemo drug or antibiotic that man has created. Why don’t doctors, hospitals, dieticians, pharmacuticals, etc tell you about this?  Because they can not patten and make money from selling you God’s creation, nature, natural, organic, symbiotic.  Pharmacutical companies can only make their billions from man’s creations, synthisized  nutrients and pharmacuticals that they can take credit for and prevent others from copying. Who knows your body better? Of course your creator, the guy who built it, the architect, the engineer, He knows best how to take care of it.

Listen to what God says about healing:
Revelation 22:2 “… On each side of the river are trees that grow a different kind of fruit each month of the year. The fruit gives life, and the leaves are used as medicine to heal the nations.”
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Ezekiel 47:12 “Fruit trees will grow all along this river and produce fresh fruit every month. The leaves will never dry out, because they will always have water from the stream that flows from the temple, and they will be used for healing people.”
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Psalm 104:15 “wine to cheer us up, olive oil for our skin, and grain for our health.”
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Psalm 107:20 “By the power of his own word, he healed you and saved you from destruction.”
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1 Peter 2:24 “Christ carried the burden of our sins. He was nailed to the cross, so that we would stop sinning and start living right. By his cuts and bruises you are healed.”
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Mark 5:34  Jesus said to the woman, “You are now well because of your faith. May God give you peace! You are healed, and you will no longer be in pain.”
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Malachi 4:2 “But for you that honor my name, victory will shine like the sun with healing in its rays, and you will jump around like calves at play.”

I believe that if a person follows God’s plan for health, no matter what health challenges / crisis may arise in their life, they can recover from injuries and illness, overcome chronic disease and debilitaion, and be the best that they can be no matter how old they are.  Acknowledging God’s authority in our life, and reverencing him, honoring him, and obeying him is truly wise and will lead us all to better health and wellness.

Be blessed!

WordsBright Review

Need a fresh new way to teach the ABC’s to your little ones?  Then you might want to explore S is for Smiling Sunrise by WordsBright.

S is for Smiling Sunrise

S is for Smiling Sunrise

For children 3 and older
Beneficial for learning the English alphabet in a hands on cross curricular way.
32 pages
Hardback book (other options available)
Free MP3 song, poster, and teaching guides for teachers and parents.
Retails for $16.95

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When you purchase this book, it also includes several free items to further the learning experience:

Free word poster
Free MP3 song
Free parents guide
Free teacher’s guide

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About the Author

Vick Wadhwa is a father, author, entreprenuer, and pharmacutical scientist.  He wrote this book with his daughter in mind, to further her understanding of character qualities while learning her ABC’s.  He wrote poems for the alphabet and then put them to song music, and eventually created an award winning, brightly colored, fully illustrated book to enjoy and share the experience.

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Awards

Won several “BEST” awards:
2015 National Parenting Publications Award
USA Best Book Awards Finalist
I Love To Read Month featured book

How We Used This In Our Home:

We were really excited to be chosen to review this book.  My three and six year olds couldn’t wait for it to arrive. The three year old was especially excited and claimed the book as his own, letting all the other children know that this was his “schoolwork”.

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He loves listening to the song and following along in the book.  He asks me several times a day, “Play my song mommy!  Play my ABC song!”  He also loves to have an older sibling or mommy read the book to him.

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The book:  Each letter in the book shows the upper and lower case letter and features a special word as the focus. Under that is a brightly colored picture that relates to the word.  Under the picture is a poem that relates to the word and picture, and also includes descriptive words to explore further.   See the picture posted above for examples of “A  Artwork  a” , “B  Butterflies  b” and “C  Colors  c” and you can see examples of how the book is layed out.

The Song:  Puts the read aloud book to music.  Fun to sing along and look at the pictures.

Teachers Guide: Follows a pattern of teaching and exploring language and living ideas using each letter in the book.   Concepts like Beauty, Goodness, and Wonder are explored through rhymes and brightly colored pictures in the book, as well as a series of questions and activities for the parent /teacher to explore further after reading and singing each letter.

The same pattern is repeated for each letter to explore:
Concepts of living: How the word or related word picture relates to every day life, how it enriches life, how it relates to character, virtue, manners, and appreciation.
Questions: provoke deeper thought using the picture to spark ideas and discussion.
Vocabulary Words: from 3 to 12 new descriptive words that relate to the letter word.
Activities: hands on learning adventures to explore, create, and do with the child.

We were able to combine several learning activities while using the book, song, and guides. So many great ideas are included in the suggestions within the Teachers Guide. Many of these activities complimented the other learning activities we had going with the older kids.

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Some of the suggestions throughout the book include fun activities like:

Field Trips: go outside on a walk, visit the zoo, visit a planetarium, play at the park, visit an art museum,
Art: paint, color, sing, dance, crafts, etc.
Science Obeservations: butterflies, heart beat, observe nature outside, observe the night sky, plant a garden, observe colors, nutrition,
Math: time, time of day or night, observe parts of flowers, observation of time,
Character Virtue and Manners: give a gift, say thank you, inner and outer beauty, honesty,

and so much more.

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This would be a really fun book to make a scrap book of all the learning activities for, and do it like “rowing a book” or as a “letter of the week” and do a unit study for each letter following the suggestions in the Teacher’s Guide.

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Successful Homeschooling Made Easy Review

Would you like to learn more about the various ways to successfully homeschool your kids?  If you answered yes, then you might enjoy the online course for parents called Successful Homeschooling Made Easy Course by Stephanie Walmsley (Successful Homeschooling Made Easy).

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Successful Homeschooling Made Easy

26 weeks of downloadable lessons for homeschool parents.
Easy to use.
For both new and experienced homeschool parents.
$9.50 a month for 6 months or $48.50 for a one time purchase.

Lessons are easy to read and complete.  Most lessons are 10 to 15 pages and include a very short assignment to complete during the week.  Some of the themes and subjects covered include: why homeschool, setting goals, methods of homeschooling, creating a schedule, time management, care of house while homeschooling, priorities, etc.

How we used this in our home

I recieved a subscription to the 26 week course Successful Homeschooling Made Easy.  Each week I receive an email with a PDF lesson attached.  In the lessons are reading material and assignments that can offer suggestions to help me manage homeschooling while also maintaining the home.  We have received close to half the lessons so far, so I can only speak from the experience I’ve had with this course up to this point.

It was easy to check my emails each week and download the PDF file I was sent.  I saved these to a file in my computer, and printed them off and put them in a three ring binder for ease of use. Though this is not complicated to do, I would have preferred to have all the lessons together.  But it is not hard to be disciplined enough to do one lesson a week and place it in your binder when you get it done.   To save money on the cost of ink, I chose to print my pages in all black/greyscale rather than in red and black as they were sent.

Stephanie points out 6 methods (there are more) of homeschooling, and encourages you to explore a method that works for your family:

  • Text books
  • Classical
  • Unit Studies
  • Charlotte Masson
  • Moores Method or Delayed Academics (waiting to introduce formal schooling until student is older).
  • Unschooling

We have six children and have been homeschooling since 2004.  Though this course did not cover all the homeschool methods, but gives you an introduction to several to explore.   We use another very viable approach to homeschooling called the Eclectic Approach.  It is a combination of many different methods, and in my opinion I feel we have choosen the best part of those methods and combine them into a flexible workable plan for our family.  We include a combination of Texts and student workbooks, Online Curriculum,  Charlotte Masson, Montesorri, Unit Studies, Life Skills, Weekly Field Trips, PE in the Park, Hands on Explorations, Coop Classes, Library Classes, Bible Study, Community Classes, etc.

As Stephanie points out, it is important to manage priorities, keep it in perspective, have goals and a schedule, and a flexible yet established routine.   A course like this would have helped me a lot when we were first starting out on our homeschool journey.    Through trial and error, and through reading a lot of homeschool web sites and books, I learned how to set up a functioning homeschool that worked for our family’s needs.

To keep our homeschool running smoothly, we have a daily routine for completing our school work, meal times, chores, and free time.  We keep records of attendance and each child has a binder full of certificates and progress they have made in their studies.  We also make a year book page filled with pictures of fun projects and activities they are involved in each year.   I like using a computerized tracking program to keep my records straight and it also helps me build a workable curriculum plan as well as a transcript of grades and achievements.

Why Homeschool?

People choose to homeschool for many different reasons, but one universal reason is to guide their child’s education, rather than allow the government to do so.  For most of human history, people were homeschooled.  Homeschooling is the way education was done until the past few generations.  Some of those who were homeschooled went on to study at a university to specialize in a certain profession such as medicine, science, or law, such as President Abraham Lincoln for example.   Some families were able to afford for their children to learn at privately run preparatory schools.  This education phenominon was true for thousands of years world wide.

About 150 years ago, compulsory state run education was introduced by political leaders with a socialist agenda.  Their goal was to remove individual variations in values and create a melting pot of one new idea for culture and government.   Their experiment didn’t preserve cultural heritage, but instead replaced a persons culture with a new revised cultural experience that included becoming similar to each other.   Removal of the Christian God from education was a primary goal.  It took a few years to spread and for each state to adopt a plan, but was widely accepted in the United States by about 130 years ago.

Take a minute to think about that.   That means my Great Grandparents were some of the first people in my family to attend public education.   It was all new back then, but today it is the cultural norm.   However, for thousands of years people learned the majority of their learning in their own home according to their faith, family, and cultural traditions.   They built great societies and governments and armies.  They had their own books, or they borrowed books, and many used the bible as a text book too.

Even though they were homeschooled, they became the leaders and scholars of yesterday that we still admire and quote today.   Homeschooled men and women founded this great country we live in.  But for the last 130 years, our culture has turned the care and education (as well as health care, and even religion) of their children over to the government.   The family unit has lost it’s primary purpose to nurture the next generation in a close nit family unit according to their faith and culture.   Instead, they have addopted the values and culture of the state to raise their families.   But looking at society today compared to 130 years to 250 years ago, our country has lost many of the values that made us a great country.   As the disintegration of the family unit has taken place, the break up of families and social ills of society have increased.

Homeschooling offers a solution.  Parent guided education can provide a wholesome learning experience for the next generation.  Homeschooling provides a safe environment for a younger person to mature and develop and explore various subjects of learning they are interested in. This option is not available in a public school as teachers are mandated by the government what they are allowed to teach and everyone within the classroom must study the same subjects.

Though there are several more recent studies, this course quotes some results of studies from 2003 proving the ongoing success and satisfaction, community involvement and service, and political involvement of adults who were homeschooled.  By far, the numbers for ongoing community participation, service, and politics, as well as satisfaction and feeling like you can make a difference are higher for adults who were homeschooled verses adults who were public schooled.

This course is a good introduction to homeschooling and has many helpful tips and tricks to get you going on a smooth journey and find the right fit for your family’s needs while raising up a generation of people who care about family, community, faith, society’s needs, politics, etc.  As parents, we can guide education and raise up future generations of strong, caring, wise leaders of tomorrow.

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World Naked Gardening Day

Are you saving some time to work in your birthday suit in the garden today? Ok, ok, I really don’t want to know!  Feel free to keep it between yourself and the neighbors if you choose to join in.  The point is there are some health benefits (as well as a few potential risks) to celebrating this strange world wide holiday.

I need to locate the shovel…and a loin cloth…and get outside…look out world…my garden is getting a bare naked makeover!

On second thought…I don’t own a loin cloth.

Garden Naked Holiday

Did you know the first Saturday in May is WORLD Naked Gardening Day?

I sure didn’t.

Did you know that “gardening naked has its risks”? I hadn’t thought of that either.

Looks like there will be a whole lot of people across the world in their birthday suits planting their gardens today.

Better get out the all natural sunscreen, your going to need a lot of it!

You can check it out for yourself, and feel free to celebrate it in your own back yard,  READ THE FULL STORY and see for yourself, this holiday is happening today.

 

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Delicious Chocolate Praline Extreme

Oh yeah, Baby!  You know your mouth is watering now!

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I asked my husband what I should name this and he stated, “Delicious!”

So without further ado, I give you:

 

Delicious Chocolate Praline Extreme

1 scoop Complete Dutch Chocolate protein powder

1 frozen banana

1/8 cup pecans to blend,

1/8 cup pecans for the topping, whole or chopped.

1 cup unsweetened Coconut Milk (or milk of your choice)

Blend all of the ingredients in the blender until smooth.  ENJOY!

Nutrition: 16g Protein, 13g fiber, 20g Fat, Vit C, Vit A, Potassium, Carbohydrates (the good kind), and so much more.

Nutrition Facts:

Delicious Chocolate Praline Extreme Nutrition

Options:

2 Tbsp whipped cream (optional)

1 tsp chocolate sauce (optional)

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Be blessed!

 

 

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