You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Homeschool Mom
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You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Homeschool Mom

Hints for Homeschool Moms There is a popular series of history and science books with titles that begin with You Wouldn’t Want to… Here is a homeschool mom version of You Wouldn’t Want to… Please note that this is a satire from a Christian perspective. If you don’t like satire or don’t maintain a Christian worldview, you will not enjoy this. You can still learn some hints if you want to stick around! The year is 2020. Your name is Lisa Clark, and you are the mother of three children under five. You have been thinking about options for your…

How to Thrive (Not Just Survive) as a Homeschool Mom
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How to Thrive (Not Just Survive) as a Homeschool Mom

Is it possible to thrive as a homeschool mom? I always wanted to be a mom. With six younger siblings, I usually had a baby or toddler around to play with until I was a teenager. I would play dolls and dress them up, play school, and even pretended to be Mary Poppins. What could be better than being a mom with my children all day? There were a number of things I didn’t understand about mothering and homeschooling though, obviously. For one thing, my mom did not homeschool, so she appeared to have time to herself to do things…

How to Teach Something Using a Song
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How to Teach Something Using a Song

Memorization of facts is easiest to a song or rhythm because music provides structure for the brain with its predictable patterns of rhythms and placement of words. If you want to use this powerful mnemonic device to assist your children with their memory work, here are some tips on how to teach something for memory work using a song. Tips on How to Teach Something Using a Song Let’s use “The Star Spangled Banner” as an example. 1. Listen to a recording of the whole song or as the teacher, sing the whole song through. While you may listen to…

How to Memorize Something Using a Song
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How to Memorize Something Using a Song

Do you need help with how to memorize something? Memorizing to a song or rhythm is effective and engaging because music has structure of melody and rhythm to make it a powerful mnemonic device. Tips on How to Memorize Something Aurally Using a Song Let’s use “America the Beautiful” as an example. 1. Listen to the whole song. Think about where the natural breaks are in the song – these will be short sections of words or a natural phrase in the music. 2. Starting with the first section of the song, listen to the melody and words of that…

The Best Way to Memorize Something is to a Song
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The Best Way to Memorize Something is to a Song

Do you remember learning your ABCs? It was with a song! While some may view memorization as a painful chore, it can be fun and easy if you memorize everything to a song! In fact, the best way to memorize something is to a song. Here are five reasons to memorizing everything to a song or rhythmic chant is the best way to memorize something: Music is a powerful mnemonic device. The patterns of melody and rhythm in a song stimulate neural pathways in the brain and help develop memory. For example, if I ask you about the order of…

How to Make a Resurrection Garden for Easter
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How to Make a Resurrection Garden for Easter

If you are looking for Christ-centered activities for Easter to do with your children, you will love learning how to make a Resurrection garden for Easter. A Resurrection garden is a life-filled visual lesson of the empty tomb. If you plant it several weeks before Easter, it can be a decorative conversation piece for Easter day, or plant it while telling the Easter story during Easter week. As parents who want to be intentional in teaching Christ at every holiday, we love planting a Resurrection garden! RESURRECTION GARDEN SUPPLIES small clay pot large round clay dish (or a large clay…

How to Make Resurrection Rolls for Easter
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How to Make Resurrection Rolls for Easter

Are you seeking Christ-centered activities for Easter to do with your children? Learn how to make Resurrection rolls for Easter. Resurrection Rolls are a fun object lesson combined with a yummy treat. This simple recipe uses Crescent rolls and a disappearing marshmallow for a roll that oozes with all the deliciousness of a cinnamon roll! As parents who want to be intentional in teaching Christ at every holiday, we love these Resurrection Rolls! Ingredients:  8 marshmallows 1 package of 8 crescent rolls 2 Tbsp. butter 1 Tbsp. cinnamon 2 Tbsp. sugar  Additional Materials:  one Large Muffin Tin OR two small ones (You’ll need room…

Treasuring Christ in our Easter Traditions
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Treasuring Christ in our Easter Traditions

Easter is the most important Christian holiday. If Jesus had not died on the cross and risen from the dead, we would have no hope in this world. As Christians, our faith would be meaningless, and we would be the fools to be pitied. (1 Corinthians 15:14-20) via GIPHY It is thus important to think through our Easter traditions. The Bible does not command that we celebrate Easter, but as intentional parents who want to turn every opportunity into a time to teach about Jesus, this holiday is a no-brainer. It is the core of the gospel and the Christian…

12 Ways to Keep an Eternal Perspective During Times of Trial

12 Ways to Keep an Eternal Perspective During Times of Trial

If you are like me, you may have run a gamut of emotions these past few weeks: fear, panic, disappointment, uncertainty, anxiety, frustration, cynicism, distrust, overwhelm, stress, etc. And yet a phrase Elisabeth Elliot, the missionary and speaker, used to often say kept going through my head, “In acceptance lieth peace.” I can be upset about the current situation – both in concern for keeping those I love from getting ill and in concern for giving up of my rights as those in authority put more limits on me – but in the end, I know God is the one…

10 Reasons to Study Art and the Great Artists
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10 Reasons to Study Art and the Great Artists

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” So goes an old saying, for each person on this earth has his or her own interpretation of what is beautiful, what is good art, and what one likes. What you consider to be meaningful art, I may not, but as educators of our children, it is important to expose our children to formal art and the Great Artists. (Of course, our opinions may also vary as to who the Great Artists really are, but there are generally accepted famous and influential artists whose work and lives are worthy of study.) So…

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