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10 Ways to Grow as a Homeschooling Teacher

Sometimes we mothers spend all our time figuring out which curriculum we should purchase for our children, or how to make lesson plans for the coming year, and we completely forget that we as teachers also need to grow and learn.

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.

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).

Obedience and Homeschooling

If you’ve been homeschooling for any time at all, you’ve discovered the same secret I have. Children must be obedient if you’re going to enjoy teaching them!

God says the same thing:

“The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him” (Proverbs 23:24).

These Are the Days of Elijah… (a post for mothers)

In the excellent parenting book, “Don’t Make Me Count to Three!”, author Ginger Plowman compares my job as a parent with John the Baptist. (She calls us “Joan the Baptist,” LOL!) Why does she do that?

Jesus says, in Matthew 11:14, that John was “the Elijah who was to come.” Who was Elijah the prophet?

Teaching My Children to Listen

Today on my blog, I posted an article on how and why God disciplines me. One thing I learned is that God is trying to teach me to listen to Him.

This got me thinking. How can I teach my own children to listen to me?