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Are You Shopping for Curriculum?

The first of February marks a new season of curriculum “shopping” among homeschoolers. For me personally, I start shopping in February because we get our tax refund soon, so I want to know how much money I should set aside for the coming school year.

Feeling Like a Terrible Mother

Way last June (!), I received this note:

Please, please could you help me out with something?  Sometimes I think I missed out on your “foundational fours” and need to spend time going back to that.  Our multi-grade classroom is not working, and I’m going crazy.

For the Love of Games

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Our seven kids love to play games with mom and dad!  We enjoy games more than worksheets in school, video-game tournaments more than television, and board games more than other family activities.  As a homeschooling mom, I love how playing games together as a family provides benefits that go far beyond school time.

The Curriculum Carousel (Round and Round We Go…)

Ask any veteran homeschooler about burn-out, and she’ll quickly get to the topic of curriculum. What mother hasn’t sincerely purchased piles of curriculum only to discover later that her choices were a terrible fit for her family? (Waving my hand here!)

If you’re already partway into your homeschooling year, yet you’re worried about the curriculum choices you’ve made, you probably don’t have the money to just throw it all away and start over.

Sibling Fighting Isn’t Funny

We’ve been talking about good character for several weeks now, but I wanted to start listing some specific ideas for teaching character to our children. I thought I’d start right where Jesus does:

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.

What IS Good Character Anyway?

Let’s quickly summarize what we’ve already studied about character.

  1. Character can only be passed on to our children when we have it in our own hearts first.
  2. When we say that we want to teach “good character” to our children, we mean that we want to teach them how to be holy.

What the Bible Says about Character Training

Last week, we started a discussion on character training. I thought I’d buy myself some time while I searched the Bible for what God said about character.

That’s the funny thing… I’ve been searching for two weeks, and I didn’t find much!

Character Training

On last week’s survey, I asked you what topics you’d like to hear more of. More than 75% of you wanted to hear about how to teach good character to children. One mom put it so well when she said, “I want to know how to practically apply God’s word in today’s world.”

I’ve been thinking about various parents and children in the Bible.

5 Things That Make Moms Tired

The Bible says that younger women are “to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God” (Titus 2:4-5).

NEW BOOK: Biblical Home Education

With countless choices of homeschooling curriculum on the market, it can be extremely difficult to evaluate which ones are biblical — and which ones aren’t!

I’ve been doing a lot of writing this past year on a biblical homeschooling philosophy. I’m excited to release this now as an eBook, perfect for new homeschoolers and veterans alike!