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Homeschooling Quick Tips

Homeschooling Quick Tips

I taught in the public school system for the first five years of my teaching career, then in our home school for ten years.  I then returned to public schools and taught in a special education classroom for nine years.

I have seen so many people having to “homeschool” for the first time, and not by choice necessarily.

Life is chaotic right now, and we are all dealing with times in which we are not familiar.  But we know that the Lord is our peace, our hope and our salvation.

So, I offer some tips from my experience only.  Maybe these tips will help you in the days to come. You may not need them or disagree and that is okay.  They are from my perspective as a certified teacher, coming into my home as my sons’ teacher.

1.)  Do not worry about making your home just like a public school.  I tried bringing what I knew to be “school” into our home.  It did not work.  I was their mom and did not do things like “Mrs. Norris” did…  It took a while, but they adjusted. And I did.

2.)  As a teacher in the public schools, I had to do a lot of “crowd control” and had to have many levels going at one time.  My colleagues had 25-30 children in their classroom on different levels as well.  This caused them to have to use worksheets and review work to keep others busy while they worked “one on one” with those students.  With homeschooling, that is unnecessary.  It can free time up to learn in different ways.

3.)  I felt like I had to make them complete every. single. question.  If your child is grasping what you are teaching and you see that….make sure you repeat, review and go on.  If frustration sets it, set it aside and come back to it later, even tomorrow.

4.)  My boys used to hate to write because I made them write so much. So write, write and write some more!  When they were in college, they thanked me.  They were constantly being complemented on their work.  It is a skill that will serve them well.

5.)  We started each morning with Bible study, prayer, or just discussions and talking.  Some of the best conversations took place on our back porch. And there is plenty to talk about right now. They always had questions about things going on in the world and now is no exception. It was a time of bonding that I appreciate so much.

6.)  Most of the time we accomplished all school work and subject matter in about 2-4 hours, depending on their grade level.  I could reward them with an afternoon of their favorite subject or project.  And now, as adults, those “favorites” are a part of their careers.

7.)  Teach them household living skills.  My boys learned how to cook, clean, wash clothes and could take care of themselves quite well.  They did not like it all the time, but they learned.  It certainly helped in college and later on as they married.

8.)  We always had our downtime.  Sometimes it was in the middle of the morning, sometimes as a reward for completing some work.  I had to learn how to be flexible.

9.)  We did a lot of “study units” in which it allowed them to pick something that they were interested in and wanted to learn a lot about.  One unit was apples, one was castles, etc.  We used those subjects and did our math, reading, writing, grammar, and projects.  They never realized that they were learning, and I enjoyed it as much as they did.

10.)  I had to remind myself that learning was often times “caught” by what we did.  We used the computer some time, but not all the time.  As the years passed by, I realized that I got to teach in a manner in which I loved.  And I could literally “individualize” for each child.  As a special education teacher, this was my job anyway.  Funny how God equips you!

So this is a longer post than usual, but I thought this might be some encouragement to some at this point.  There were days that it frustrated me, but mostly it was a precious time for us.

My prayer is that it is the same for you.

If you have any comments or questions, please ask!

~Be Encouraged Today~


Rocky and the Count

My husband and I love all the “Rocky” movies.  The very first gift I ever received from him was the soundtrack (album) to the original Rocky. rocky-2110778_640

Have you ever felt like you were in the middle of a boxing ring?

Something hits you out of no where and as soon as you get up, another right hook is there to put you down again? 


The last several months has been one thing after another with family members and my personal health.  In fact, all kinds of punches have been leveled. I have been rather sore.

I know that I am not alone.

I kept hearing…  “Count it all joy when you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” James 1:2

I don’t remember Rocky getting hit by Apollo Creed and singing, “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart.” So what gives?

“Count” means to evaluate how we look at something.  So how do we look at these things from God’s perspective?  We know that “…in this world we will have troubles…” (John 16:33), and I believe that these trials are in our life because of the sinful world in which we live, not because we are being punished for something.

But can we learn from them with the right perspective?

“Joy” means an inner sense of well being; deep settled peace…strength, not superficial giddiness.

“Perseverance” means endurance, steadfastness, patience and victory over the trial.

Back to Rocky.

He evaluated his fight.  How did he look at it? fighting-159921_640

With the perspective that he could win.  

He had a deep settled peace and strength.  

And talk about perseverance!  

He trusted his training.  He trusted his trainer.

Made me think.  Do I trust my trainer?  Has He always taught me truth?  Has he been faithful?

So until I know I am to be “down for the count”, this old gal is getting back up! Whose with me?



~Be Encouraged Today~


Illustration credit: Rocky


 Jesus shared stories to teach.  Parables trying to get people to understand about God and spiritual truths.

“The Lamp” from Matthew 5:14-16, “The Mustard Seed” from Mark 4:30-34, “The Good Samaritan”-Luke 10:29-37 and so many more.John 15-1-4

And the Bible is full of stories.  Adam and Eve, David and Goliath, Ruth and Naomi, The Sermon of Jesus on the Mount, The Birth of Jesus..just to name a few.

I was wondering about my own personal story, or your personal story.  Can the Father still teach us from each and every one of these stories?

I am personally dealing with several health issues that have taken me by surprise.  I prayed for answers, and I got them.  But I did not like the answers.  So, I had to ask the Father to teach me through them.

He is teaching me that through chronic pain there can be joy.  It is my choice.  Does it make me happy?  Nope.  Am I constantly learning and trying to understand?  Yep.  But do I still trust the Father to get me through it?  Yep.  He has always done that in my life and He will not stop now.what is your story

I have developed compassion for those in pain…something I never totally understood until now.  I have to choose how to respond.

What is your story?  

Were you neglected as a child?  Did your husband/wife leave you?  Did you lose your job?  Are you in poor health?  Did your spouse pass away?  Did your life end up much differently than you ever imagined?

Reread your story and remember, it is not over yet. And you may see something you have never seen before as you reread it.

Your story can teach you friend, if you let it.story books

Let’s learn together.

~Be Encouraged Today~