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Kindergarten Skills for Academics

Kindergarten Skills for Academics with the Brain CoachUnderlying developmental building blocks are necessary for a kindergarten child to be ready for more formal academics.  From Little Giant Steps’ perspective, kindergarten is the culmination of effective development in six areas.   When there are gaps in one or more areas of development, children can suffer from a myriad of learning challenges and even learning labels like ADD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD, CAPD and many others.  Most people try to fix these inefficiencies with curriculum when in fact, curriculum is designed to advance an individual that already has efficient brain development.

The six areas of development (tactility, auditory, visual, manual, language, and mobility) that are the foundation to function are expanded this week.  The precise activities, described this week, can produce better function.

Not only is proper development necessary but the chemistry of our body has to be considered as well.  You can receive a free metabolic consultation after submitting your request.  See details for this and other savings in the handout. Read More!

Education Methods: Unschooling and Delayed Academics

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Podcast #11

In this episode,  Florida Parent Educators Association (FPEA) Chairwoman, Suzanne Nunn discusses Unschooling and Delayed Academics approaches to homeschooling.

Please join us as we travel along this journey on our podcast adventure. Let’s get connected! Learn more about the Florida Parent Educator’s Association and homeschooling in the beautiful state of Florida. If you are interested in homeschooling our convention is every year in May during Memorial Day weekend.

Please visit www.fpea.com to learn more about who we are!

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Helping Teens Own Their Education, Interview with Meryl van der Merwe

This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Helping Teens Own Their Education, Interview with Meryl van der Merwe.

Helping Teens Own Their Education, Interview with Meryl van der Merwe

Helping Teens Own Their Education, Interview with Meryl van der Merwe

Homeschool high schoolers need to develop independent learning skills. As they do this, they start to own their education. That’s why Vicki is excited to talk with our friend, Meryl van der Merwe from the Homeschooling with Technology Podcast. (BTW- If you have not checked out that podcast, you are missing out SO many good resources! Check it out.)

Meryl and her family moved to the United States from South Africa. They started homeschooling because they moved to the US in the middle of the school year. However, the family loved homeschooling so much that three of her four graduated from homeschool high school. (Look for an upcoming interview with her daughter, Rachel, who is a homeschool graduate and is now a college professor.)

Even though Meryl’s own children are all graduated, Meryl stays connected to the homeschool community through the podcast and FundaFunda Academy (online courses and academy for homeschoolers).

One gift Meryl gave her teens was a voice in their education, so when her youngest approached high school age, she asked to go to a traditional school. Meryl allowed her to own her own choice and give it a try!

Which brings us to this episode’s topic: Helping teens own their education

Most homeschool parents want our high schoolers to own their education, to become independent learners and independent adults. With that in mind, let’s check out Meryl’s tips that have worked for her family.

Give teens a voice in their education

As we mentioned, Meryl’s youngest went to a traditional school. That was what she wanted to do. On the other hand, her older three children homeschooled through graduation because they wanted to.

Also, Meryl gave her homeschool high schoolers a voice in the selection of courses and curriculum. Parents need to create the framework based on state graduation requirements and what they are planning on doing after high school.

For some guidance on a high school framework, here are some helpful posts:

As you work with your teens on choices for homeschool high school, help them look at:

  • Interests
    • Electives– they can explore interests and earn elective credits
    • Specific History and Science course topics (for instance, Meryl’s daughter liked art so she earned some Art History credits).
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses

To help homeschool high schoolers make curriculum choices, try doing some research. Then present it to your teens

You can ask for input in 7SistersHomeschool Facebook group or Meryl’s Facebook group Homeschooling College-bound Teens.

Collect some curriculum and elective ideas and allow your teens to rank them according to their interest as:

  • Love it
  • Maybe
  • Meh
  • Nope

Meryl has found that her teens like online courses. To make it even better, online courses are available all over the place:

Relationship is key to homeschool success. -Meryl van der Merwe

Remember: Relationship is more important than academics

Try to keep in mind that choice-making is part of relationship building. As teens become part of their educational choice-making process, they gain confidence in themselves and in you. (Not only that, but if they make a choice and later on find they do not like it..it was their choice!)

Teens need to make mistakes, it is part of their growth process. This builds a growth mindset, which helps them own their education.

Help teens learn to own their own schedule

Help them understand their own rhythms and needs while learning to set goals (download this SMART goal freebie). Teach them time management skills. Then let them experience the consequences if they make a mistake.

Of course, keep in mind the framework of the family’s needs (mealtimes, events, etc).

Use as much YES as possible

Whenever possible, give a “yes” to teens. That way, when you must say “no” it will bring less pushback. You will have to step in sometimes with more information. For instance, if a teen wants a light academic schedule but wants to go to a competitive college, have them research admissions requirements and costs for those colleges. That might change their goals.

BTW- For the college search, Meryl’s FundaFunda Academy has a gamified college search summer project each year. It’s open to the public. Check out her Summer Challenge on her Facebook group, Homeschooling College-bound Teens. (7Sisters helps provide material for this each year. It’s fun!)

Help them choose extracurriculars

Teens need a well-rounded lifestyle to be healthy. Also, college-bound teens need extracurriculars on their transcripts. Here are some of Meryl’s for owning their extracurriculars.

Join Vicki and Meryl for inspiration for helping teens own their education.

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A Special Thank You to Our Network Sponsor:  Courageous Movie

 

From the Kendrick Brothers, creators of the No. 1 box-office movie WAR ROOM and OVERCOMER, comes the remastered re-release of COURAGEOUS Legacy, in theaters September 24. Celebrating 10 years of impact on families and fathers, this updated version of the film includes new scenes and an enhanced look and sound.

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Ten Tips for Terrific Transcripts

This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Ten Terrific Tips for Transcripts.

Ten Tips for a Terrific Transcript

Ten Tips for Terrific Transcripts

Transcripts are vitally important as record of all the work your homeschool high schoolers have done. Who needs need a high school transcript:

  • Homeschool graduates who want to serve in the military (check out this interview with a military recruiter)
  • Non-college-bound homeschool graduates who will be going into the workforce. (Most employers do not ask to see your teens’ transcript, but it does happen occasionally.)
  • College-bound homeschool graduates

    How to Create a High School Transcript. Create meaningful transcripts with this editable PDF transcript, course checklist and detailed guide.

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BTW- 7Sisters has a transcript kit that includes an editable template and detailed instructions.

So if your teen needs a transcript, it might as well be the most advantageous transcript you can produce. With that in mind, here are ten tips for a terrific transcript!

Remember, there’s not ONE right way to homeschool high school. Also, there’s not ONE right way to create a transcript. So, do what is best for you and your teens.

Transcript Tip #1

You need it. You may not be required by homeschool law to produce a transcript, but your teen will likely need it at some point.

In my years as the upperclass advisor for our local umbrella school, I found that transcripts can be important years after graduating from high school.

  • I remember one graduate school insisting that one of our graduates produce her high school transcript, even though she had just graduated with her undergraduate degree from a four-year college.
  • Another young man was required to produce his high school transcript for a new job years after homeschool graduation.

Transcript Tip #2

It should be easy to read. As we have often noted: there is not a standardized format that your homeschoolers’ transcripts need to follow. However, the most useful transcripts are easy to scan quickly to get an idea of who your teens are.

Transcript Tip #3

Start in ninth grade. You will thank me for this tip. Can you imagine getting to senior year and needing to dig through years of portfolios and crates and boxes, trying to piece together a transcript? (We have had to help a few homeschoolers do that. While we made it happen, it’s tough.)

You don’t need that stress. Go ahead. Start in ninth grade!

The cool thing, as you watch that transcript develop year to year, you and your teens will feel SO proud of what they are accomplishing. As the transcript builds each year, teens can really feel proud of their successes.

Start the transcript in the 9th Grade

Transcript Tip #4

Keep the format consistent year to year, especially the order of the courses your teen completes. Take for instance:

  • List English/Language Arts first each year
  • Then list Math next each year
  • After that list Science
  • Then list History

You do not need to follow this format, per se, but do order the courses. That way admissions officer, military recruiter or human resources personnel can quickly scan to make sure your teen accomplished all they needed to in high school.

Also, choose the titles for the courses wisely. Here’s a post to help you choose the names for courses.

Transcript Tip #5

Show the level of rigor your homeschool high schooler worked at for each core course:

  • English/Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Levels can be used for other courses also.

Simply record the level of rigor right next to the course title on the homeschool transcript. For instance:

  • Level 1: Remedial
  • Level 2: Average high school
  • Level 3: College prep
  • Level 4: Advanced
  • Level 5: Honors

Check this post for details on levels on a transcript.

This lets colleges or military recruiters know that your teen can handle rigorous academics.

Transcript Tip #6

Include a legend or key on the transcript. Because there is no standardized format for Levels, you will need to include a key or legend on the transcript to explain how the levels are earned.

Transcript Tip #7

Have a GPA recorded on the homeschool transcript. Decide whether you want that GPA:

  • Weighted or
  • Unweighted

For instance, a weighted GPA might be greater than 4.0 to reward teens for their hard work. On the other hand, when applying to colleges, the GPA tends to undo the weighting so that they can compare student to student.

Transcript Tip #8

Include testing scores. If your teen is taking SAT or ACT, it is good to include those scores on the transcript.

Although teens often are often asked these scores as part of their college applications, it is good to have them on the transcript also. That’s because of the “skimmers”. In other words, having the testing scores on the transcript helps admissions officers skim the transcript and turn up LOTS of good information.

Transcript Tip #9

Include extracurricular activities and competitions on the transcript. This is so beneficial for teens who participate in chosen activities for a couple of years in a row. It makes the transcript look so powerful.

Also, include service hours on the transcript. Volunteering shows strength of character and willingness to be involved in the community. Not only that, but these projects helps them when they build their experiential resume.

It is also good for nostalgia when your teens are grown and on their own. You and they can look back and remember all the cool things they did!

Transcript Tip #10

Make sure you include identifying information for your teen. (This seems so obvious, but hey, we are homeschoolers and our kids don’t have to put their names on papers. In the same way, it is easy for us to forget all the important identifying information on the transcript.)

Include this information at the top of the transcript:

  • Student’s full name
  • Complete address
  • Email address
  • Your homeschool’s name or the word “Homeschool” at the top. (This is optional.)

This distinguishes your teen from other applicants with similar names.

These tips are tips that have worked for us and our advisees. Remember: there’s not ONE right way to build a transcript so do what is best for you and yours.

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A Special Thank You to Our Network Sponsor:  Show Me The Father Movie

The Kendrick Brothers, creators of WAR ROOM and FIREPROOF, have some exciting news to share: they have TWO films coming to theaters this fall—SHOW ME THE FATHER on September 10 and COURAGEOUS Legacy on September 24.

Featuring a variety of amazing, true stories, the Kendrick Brothers’ new feature film SHOW ME THE FATHER takes audiences on an inspiring and emotional cinematic journey. Their first documentary film has something for everyone and invites you to think differently about how you view your earthly father story and also how you personally relate to God.

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How to Teach Co-op Classes

This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: How to Teach Co-op Classes.

How to Teach Co-op Classes

How to Teach Co-op Classes

Are you teaching your homeschool co-op’s classes for teens, this year? Feel a little intimidated? That’s normal and okay. However, you can have the best years yet with homeschooling your homeschool teen co-op courses!

Remember, there’s not ONE right way to homeschool high school. In that same way, there’s not one-right way to homeschool co-op!

So, what are the practical tips for handling teaching co-op classes for teens?

We 7Sisters have taught homeschool co-op and group classes for decades (even online homeschool classes). We have found a few tips that make teaching the teens go so much better. These same ideas will help you if your co-op is online this year, too.

Know the subject and topic that you are going to teach

I know that sounds obvious, but just in case you were told to teach “History”, you will need to make sure which history you are going to teach! Will it be American History, World History, a special elective History topic? Or will it be a Social Studies/Social Science topic like Geography, Economics, Civics or Psychology? It is so much easier to plan and prepare when that much is clarified!

Clarify the goals for this course

Make sure you are on the same page with the rest of the co-op on these important goals:

Will the class be:

  • One semester
  • Full year

What are specific goals for the course? For instance:

  • We will have completed a curriculum by the end of the (semester or year)
  • Students will have been introduced to the topic through experiences and discussion over the (semester or year)
  • Other goals or a combination

If you are clear about your goals, others can know up front what to expect (and adjust their expectations- or do something somewhere else).

Discover what curriculum or materials you will use.

One way to explore curriculum and material ideas is to bring the topic up in a Facebook group. Homeschool moms in groups are often thrilled to share about what they have used, along with what they liked and did not like. Some of our favorite Facebook groups are:

Be sure to read the descriptions of materials on the publisher’s website? You can usually contact the publisher at their “contact me” or chatbot with specific questions. Also, don’t forget to look at excerpts on their site as well as look for co-op discounts (like 7SistersHomeschool’s fabulous co-op discounts).

Be certain about the level of instruction you are aiming for

Will you be working with:

  • A group of college-bound teens who like intense academics?
  • College-bound teens who just need to get this course out of the way?
  • Career-bound teens who just need the basics?
  • A mixture of the above that will need a mixture of levels of rigor?

Write a course description

This will be something that parents will want to see. Also, occasionally colleges, college athletics or military recruiters will want to see course descriptions.

Course descriptions include:

  • Title of course
  • Curriculum and methods of instruction (text, real books, inquiry-based activities, projects, field trips or whatever)
  • Topics to be covered (you can use table of contents in textbook)
  • How the course will be graded
  • Amount of credit the teen will be earning
  • Level of rigor at which the course will be taught

Create a syllabus

Email or give your homeschool high schoolers a copy. The syllabus will let your students know what to do each week for class. This helps teens develop independent learning skills. Also, for college-bound teens, learning to use syllabi is perfect college-prep skills!

A good idea to include in your planning and syllabus is to include one or more of the following:

  • Hands-on projects
  • Field trips if possible
  • Tests and/or papers

BTW- at 7Sisters we have a guide for how to create a syllabus along with suggested syllabi for many of our courses.

Field trips are fun for homeschool co-ops

When it is time for co-op to start, at the beginning of each class, include a grabber

Grabbers are a way to get students’ heads in the game for each class- it grabs their attention and gets them focused on the lesson at hand. Some grabbers include:

Encourage discussion times in the class

One way to handle this is to use poker chips.

  • At the beginning of class, give each student three or four poker chips (unless there is an extraordinarily shy teen or one with a disability that makes verbal participation difficult).
  • The students get to hand back a chip for each question they answer or on-topic comment they make.
  • When they are out of chips, they have done their talking for the day. (This slows the over-talkers down and encourages the quieter ones to speak.)

Ask for feedback through the year

Periodically during the year, ask your homeschool high school class:

  • What were your favorite topics so far?
  • What were your favorite projects, field trips or activities?

As far as covering the material in a textbook, there are several ways to handle this in your co-op class

  • Have teens read that day’s lesson ahead of time
  • Read it together in class
  • Read it yourself, week by week, and then teach it. Teens can read it later as homework.

At the end of the year, give each student some personal feedback

Don’t just give them a final grade, but also give each student a positive comment about a strength you saw in them over the year. This can have a big impact in the teen’s life.

Be sure to check out 7SistersHomeschool’s Authoritative Guide to Homeschool Co-ops. That post has SO much free information. While you are at it, check out these Homeschool Highschool Podcast episodes about co-ops:

Hey, also, don’t forget that there are other awesome podcasts here at the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network. One of the most helpful is Homeschooling with Technology. You will be amazed at how much rich information and how many resources you will find there. PLUS there are TONS of episodes about Homeschool Co-ops at Homeschool CPA podcast.

Join Vicki for a discussion on teaching homeschool co-op classes for teens.

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How To Be More Diligent This Year

Hey homeschoolers! I have been praying dailly about becoming more diligent for years. But only recently did I realize that I was going about increasing my diligence in the wrong way. That’s what this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show is all about.

Before we dive in, I would like to thank my sponsor for this episode.

The transition from high school to adult life is a major one. How can you make sure that your student is well prepared for the leap? By accessing the right resources! Voyage is an interactive, online program that walks high school students through key skills they need to transition into adulthood well. Whether they are trying to figure out a career, exploring a college path, or simply seeking to learn adult life skills, Voyage has the tools and lessons to help equip them for their journey. With five interactive modules covering personal development, career planning, college planning, financial responsibility, and everyday life skills, Voyage is designed for self-paced, independent learning, and it’s an affordable course at only $60 for all 5 modules!

Learn more about the course at thriveacademics.com/voyage-course.

Diligence Resources

Read the blog post

Proverbs 31 Woman podcast 1 & podcast 2

Brooke Castillos podcast

Mark Forster’s productivity forum

A Year of Living Productively

David Allen’s Getting Things Done

Couch to 5K Plan

Chalene Johnson’s workout videos

Rest vs. Laziness

The Organized Homeschool Life Planner

Thanks again to Voyage Course for sponsoring this episode. Have a diligent home school week!


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Music as a Life Skill

Music teaches our kids so many life skills that are transferable to all other aspects of their lives, you definitely want to make time for it. And if you’re not sure how, we have some great ideas for you!I’m joined on the podcast today by Melissa Grande who is a professional musician, Wild and Free leader and True North Homeschool Academy Teacher! Today we are going to be talking about Music is an important life skill. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with core academics and feel like Music is just something to add onto the end.

But really, Music teaches our kids so many life skills that are transferable to all other aspects of their lives, you definitely want to make time for it. And if you’re not sure how, we have some great ideas for you!

Melissa shares the following Benefits of Music in our ilves which include so many soft skills!

  1. Stress Management & Therapeutic Benefits- Music calms the soul, gives kids the ability to express emotions and work off the wiggles! It also utilizes many neural pathways!
  2. Quick Thinking Skills
  3. Social Skills such as  Collaboration & Communication
  4. Responsibility and Discipline -students learn to take care of their instrument and focus on practicing, getting better.
  5. Problem Solving
  6.  Time Management & Deadlines
  7. Pride in Accomplishments & Do Hard Things
  8. Perseverance/Patience -excellence comes with good practice.
  9. Creative Expression
  10.  Self Expression

 

Blog Post: Latin, Math and Music: Universal Languages

Musicians Referenced: Carmen, Sandy Patty, Keith Green, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith,

TNHA Classes to get your Musical and Creative Energies flowing!

Melissa Grande also teaches

 

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How to Integrate Classical with Delight Directed Education

In this episode Tamara Pool is sharing with us how to integrate the time test educational method of classical education with delight directed learningHow to Integrate Classical with Delight Directed Education

In this episode Tamara Pool is sharing with us how to integrate the time test educational method of classical education with delight directed learning:

Understand the Classical Method

  1. Questions are welcome- teaches students to questions appropriately and to questions with humility.
  2. Simple, day by day instructional practice
  3. Integrated steps
  4. Attend-focus-study
  5. Help them discover how they learn
  6. Teaches kids to to approach education without fear- with humility and wonder
  7. Theology is the Queen of all learning

Delight Directed

  1. Parent is the barometer in the room
  2. Be mindful of what I delight in
  3. Show that the act of learning is delightful and that there is  wide spectrum of learning available to students

Favorite Classical Tools:

  • Integrated, wholistic approach to learning
  • Training the brain to action- pacing- retention
  • It is a wonderful psychology of learning

IT’s o.k. To try new things and it’s ok to quit. We get too busy focusing on being the expert.

Delight Directed learning

Family creates vision/dream boards- from these, create SMART goals

6 weeks on academics/ 1 week on delight directed/ plan/ menus, etc

Luke 2:52 “And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” An investigation into the meaning of the words used in the original text establishes a standard for judging historical interpretations of the passage.

Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.

True North Homeschool Academy Resources

Blog Post What is a Classical Christian Education?

Classes: Classical Memory

Delight Directed Clubs and Mom’s Membership

Podcast: Getting Started with Classical Education

Clases taught by Tamara Pool

 

 

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Lessons My Parents Taught Me, Interview with Katie Waalkes

This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Lessons My Parents Taught Me, Interview with Katie Waalkes.

Lessons My Parents Taught Me, Interview with Katie Waalkes

Lessons My Parents Taught Me, Interview with Katie Waalkes

Vicki loves to talk to second generation homeschoolers, so she was so excited to connect with Katie Waalkes. Katie, from Life in the Mundane, is a homeschool grad who is now a homeschool mom. She shares with us today what works for homeschooling another generation. (Check out the family video at the bottom of the homepage– homeschool grads telling about their homeschool adventures.)

Katie is the oldest of seven kids. Her dad is a pastor. Her mom started to homeschool the family when Katie was in the fourth grade. That is when her mother realized that there was no way they could afford to send all their kids to the private school Katie was attending. (There’s not ONE right reason to homeschool!) While Katie’s mom may have started out as a “reluctant homeschooler”, they quickly found that it was the perfect education for their kids (and that she loves it).

Katie’s mom just graduated her seventh homeschooler last year!

Katie met and married her husband (who is also a homeschool graduate) thirteen years ago. They have six children of their own, which they chose to homeschool because they wanted to continue this kind of education. Katie’s kids range in age from three years old through twelve.

Katie and her husband loved homeschooling enough that they wanted to continue the tradition. In this Homeschool Highschool Podcast interview, Katie shares what she learned from her parents.

Katie realized that the important gifts she received from her parents where not just about specific educational achievements. Instead, it was more of the intangible investments her parents made and modeled.

Lesson One: Love of learning and how to learn

Instead of worrying about “possible gaps in education” and being all stressed about it, Katie’s parents concentrated on learning processes and loving learning.

They modeled love of learning by:

  • Reading her own books
  • Going to the library with the family

They taught love of learning by:

  • Teaching to each kid’s strengths (she became a studier of her kids)
    • For instance, in homeschool high school:
      • Katie was interested in becoming a counselor. So, Katie’s mother went to CCEF (Christian Counseling Educational Foundation) and purchased materials for her to explore. She found online case studies for Katie to read and discuss.
      • Katie’s brother was interested in becoming an architect, so Katie’s mother found an architect at church to interview.

Lesson Two: Find a purpose behind learning

For instance, Katie’s mom showed how math was practical in everyday life as they measured walls for paint and repairs.

Lesson Three: Communicate well and develop conflict resolution skills

In a family with seven children, communication and conflict resolution skills are vital. Katie’s parents made sure that they were not simply “shushing” their kids but rather, they invested in helping their kids develop the skills to say what they needed and wanted and how to listen to others. These life skills have been some of the most important gifts her parents gave her and her siblings.

They asked questions like:

  • In that moment, what were you thinking?
  • How did you respond?
  • Is there another way you could have responded?
  • What were the consequences of your responses?
  • When the kids were younger, she would help the kids find Scripture that addressed their issues. As teens, she had the kids find Scriptures and write about applications to their experiences.

Lesson Four: Communication in school subjects

Katie’s parents put emphasis on communication skills as part of their academics. They placed emphasis on:

  • Writing
  • Logic
  • Critical thinking
  • Public speaking

They knew that ideas and communicating ideas were important.

Lesson Five: Practical communication skills

Katie’s parents had them practice adulting skills while in high school. For instance,

  • They sat with Katie but had her call and schedule her own doctor appointments and call and order pizza on pizza days.
  • Her mother helped them prepare for job interviews by doing mock interviews with her.

Lesson Six: Good theology and how to walk in her faith

Katie’s parents did several things to help them build their own theology.

  • They did family devotions and modeled their own personal devotions. The real modeling was important to Katie. If she had only heard them say ,”devotions are important”.
  • They integrated Bible discussions into daily life and subjects.
  • These things helped them develop a Biblical worldview.

Katie loved her homeschooled upbringing and is loving passing the love of homeschooling onto her kids. Join Vicki and Katie for an inspirational discussion.

Check out Katie’s website and YouTube channel, Life in the Mundane. Also her Facebook page and Instagram page.

For another interview with a homeschool graduate who is now homeschooling her family, check out this interview with Amy Sloan.

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How To Make Fitness A Part Of Your Homeschool

Hey, homeschoolers! I have been a fitness enthusiast my entire adult life. I ran track in high school but became enamored with weight training because of a required class in college. I saw a young woman in class who had incredible muscle definition that she had acquired through weight training. I was inspired!

I believe that fitness is foundational to physical and mental health. Because it is, I believe we have to make it a priority in our home schools. In this episode I will tell you how we have done it and how you can too.

But first I want to thank Voyage Course for sponsoring this podcast.

The transition from high school to adult life is a major one. How can you make sure that your student is well prepared for the leap? By accessing the right resources! Voyage is an interactive, online program that walks high school students through key skills they need to transition into adulthood well. Whether they are trying to figure out a career, exploring a college path, or simply seeking to learn adult life skills, Voyage has the tools and lessons to help equip them for their journey. With five interactive modules covering personal development, career planning, college planning, financial responsibility, and everyday life skills, Voyage is designed for self-paced, independent learning, and it’s an affordable course at only $60 for all 5 modules!

Learn more about the course at thriveacademics.com/voyage-course.

Homeschool Fitness Resources

Read the blog post

YouTube video on the benefits of exercise

Tennis as a family sport

Grammar Galaxy See game resources here

Short at-home workouts

Thanks again to Voyage Course for sponsoring this episode. Have a happy home school week!