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December Organize It! Planner

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December Organize It PlannerDecember is the most joyous time of the year! In this planner we focus on the true reason for the season and avoid getting bogged down with our to-do lists! I love an organized schedule and lists more than most, but they are tools to help us stay on top of our daily, weekly, and monthly tasks to enjoy the month free from stress. Or, at the very least, the pressure that we will forget something!

We celebrate Jesus’s birth and remember all he has done for us.

What better reason is there to enjoy this month? While things need to be done, like buying gifts and baking, we are truly blessed to live in a time when we have the opportunity to participate in as many or as few activities as we want! Try to pair down as much as possible and keep only the events and activities that bring your family together and are a blessing.

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This month’s planner begins with our signature ultimate organizing and planning tools!

I love putting this planner together. It is truly an honor to share all of my organizing ideas with you! With this planner, you can keep track of travel plans or your lengthy baking list! Enjoy activities and fun events while staying on top of all that’s on a homeschool mom’s plate!

Are your ready to tackle gift organization, budgets, and even how to organize your gift wrapping with a wrapping station? I included a Christmas countdown with 24 ways to embrace joy.

A reminder to us all to focus on our family, Jesus and serving each other and our community!

My kids got excited when I asked for a few suggestions for the Christmas bucket list! I hope you and your family have as much fun as my family with these activities.

Are you planning on taking the month off, or are you schooling straight through?

Take a look at your homeschool schedule. Can you pair down your commitments so you can embrace the holiday season? By focusing on the meaning of the Christmas season, we are teaching life lessons to our children. I typically take the whole month of December off. We love reading and soaking in the fun of the season. I want plenty of time to make homemade presents, crafts, bake, and enjoy the weather! The older kids will typically work on their school work separately to complete their assignments, especially in high school, and join in the fun as their schedule permits.

The theme in all of the Organize-IT planners is balance.

Pick and choose the forms that work for your family—doing it all doesn’t always work. Balance is important. If a form doesn’t work for your family, skip it and move on. Flexibility is a value skill to learn!

Looking for more information? You will find the topic of organization, as well as many others, on the UltimateHomeschoolPodcastNetwork.com, and VintageHomeschoolMoms.com.

If you are a long time subscriber, you will find some of the forms the same as in past planners.

This allows you access to the forms you love from last month’s planner. For example, you will receive the blank calendars as well as the 4-Square Plan in each monthly planner, along with those on setting short and long-term goals.

This is the end of our Organize-IT Planners for the year.

I hopeyou’ve enjoyed them as much as I have. You can find the entire set for sale on the MediaAngels.com/store if you missed a few months.

We have exciting mini-planners for January and beyond planned. Stay with us for upcoming information.

Have a fantastic and Blessed December!
Merry Christmas!
~ Blessings, Christina Moss

PS. If you missed it, we have two sets of planners this month. Get our 3 pack of mini Christmas Planners here. 

Stress-Free Weddings II: The Team

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Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #196, Stress-Free Weddings II: The Team, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Stress-Free Weddings II: The Team

In “Stress-Free Weddings II: The Team,” episode #196, Meredith Curtis talks to families with a wedding on the horizon who long for a peaceful, joy-filled celebration.  In part II, Meredith helps you gather and utilize a team of friends and family members to get rid of chaos and enjoy smooth sailing through the photo shoots, parties, rehearsal, and wedding day. From the practical to the relational, you will receive wisdom from an experienced Mother of the Bride.

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Show Notes

You just found out! Celebrate, invest emotionally, make a plan with the couple

Take a Deep Breath!

In Stress-Free Weddings I: The Task, I share all the things that are part of planning a wedding. I encouraged the wedding planner (usually mom) to relax, celebrate, and pray first. Often a quiet dinner with the couple where they are free to dream big (later you can pare down) is a great start to the wedding festivities.

Another review – Things to remember

  • You are throwing a party for your family & friends to celebrate
  • You can be simple (low cost) or extravagant
  • A Wedding Planner with a Timetable is essential – I made copies of certain pages for certain people
  • God is the God of Miracles!
  • Pastor/Premarital Counseling
  • Bride & Groom Choose Support Team (wedding party)
  • Mom, you choose your support team because usually the wedding coordinator is you!

Who Can Be Part of Your Team

  • Parents of the Bride & Groom
  • Wedding Party Members
  • Siblings, Cousins, Aunts, Uncles, Other Family Members
  • Friends from Church
  • People Who Just Love a Wedding
  • Paid People – Photographer, Caterer, Florist, etc.

How Can You Utilize Your Team

To have a small or big part of the special day or preparations beforehand

  • Match skills to tasks
  • My friend Pattie had 1 task – to get the bride down the aisle on time
  • Communicate with others in charge of things (e.g. Rehearsal/Rehearsal dinner blunder)

Here are some things they might do

  • Pass out corsages & boutenierres
  • Carry an “Emergency Kit”
  • Keep Everyone Hydrated
  • Set up Tables for Reception
  • Decorate Tables for Reception
  • Build a Dance Floor
  • Cook and Bring Food for Reception
  • Make Wedding Veil
  • Make Silk Flower Arrangments
  • Make Decorations
  • Keep Punch Bowl Filled
  • Decorate Church (we had wedding party do this after rehearsal – everyone had a task and it went super quick!)
  • Set Up Photo Booth
  • Take Extra Photos during Ceremony & Reception (Wanda)
  • Designate a Photographer at each Pre-Wedding Event
  • Attend Guest Book
  • Play Piano or do a Solo

Ways to Communicate with Team

  • Keep a list – printed or in phone
  • Keep Everything CLEAR & CONCISE (people tune you out if you go into too much detail)
  • Repsonsbility Cards for Wedding Party
  • Talk with Anyone who is Offering to Pay for Part of the Wedding (have a backup plan)
  • Group Text (send reminders but don’t be annoying)
  • Lots of Smiles & Thank You’s
  • Thank You Cards

Be careful

Only use volunteers who are

  • Faithful
  • On time
  • Responsible
  • Kind

Things to NOT Delegate

  • Paying Vendors & Pastor
  • Helping Bride Get Ready
  • Welcoming/Greeting Guests

Wedding Planner Notebook

I created a wedding planner for my daughters and several close friends. Some opted to use the print version and other wanted the eBook to print only the pages that applied to them.

Everything you need is here!

Ultimate Christian Wedding Planner by Meredith Curtis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You pick and choose what you want to include and not include. You choose where the money is spent. You choose how and when and where the big day will take place. A wedding planner keeps you organized.

With checklists and schedules,  you will be able to keep you head in all the planning. Family trees, memory pages, comparison pages, budget sheets, vendor payment tracking charts, table arrangement planners, sample invitations, sample schedules, and sample itineraries. But, there’s more!

The Ultimate Christian Wedding Planner has prayers, studies, and meditations to help prepare to be a godly wife. Discover where wedding traditions and symbols come from. Learn all about wedding protocol and who is responsible for what. And lots of Christian encouragment!

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Resources

 

Ultimate Christian Wedding Planner by Meredith Curtis Before the Vows Are Made - Premarital Counseling Workbook for Engaged Couples Real Men 102: Freedom, Courtship, Marriage, & Family God's Girls 103: Courship, Marriage, and the Christian Family High School Class
Real Men Talk About Freedom, Girls, & Marriage Real Men 103: Leadership God's Girls Talk About Guys, Virtue, & Marriage by Meredith Curtis God Girls 105: Homemaking (1 Credit High School Life Skills/Character Class) by Meredith Curtis

 

 


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Celebrate Fall Baking With Kids (replay)

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Celebrate holiday baking this fall with life skills and memories. Celebrate Fall Baking With Kids ~ Episode 479 (Replay)

I love to bake and there is nothing better than celebrating fall baking with the kids. Just thinking about the warm spicy scents of pumpkin, ginger, and more brings back the joys of creating memories with our kids.

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Can you smell that cinnamon? Fall is the best time to get your hands dirty and bake up some goodies with the kids. No matter your dietary restrictions, there are plenty of recipes online for all. Baking encourages children to get involved and even children who are typically unenthusiastic when it comes to hands-on activities such as crafts are often engaged when it comes to baking. I believe baking also instills good lifetime skills, such as cooperation and patience. Nothing is fast when it comes to making something without a box mix and when I talk about fall baking I’m suggesting homemade recipes.

Living in southwest Florida, the humidity is a factor in baking. Things go stale quickly if they are not stored in a cool place. If you live in a colder, less humid climate this may not be an issue for you! If so, that is great!

Safety is also important when baking. The kids learned quickly that heat burns! There are plenty of books in the library or bookstores that focus on baking with kids. These books are a good starting point if this is something that is new to you. When I was a younger mom, I had lots more energy and patience. I had a poster board with our most popular recipes written out.  And I used it for beginning reading practice. I also taught the children math and fractions while baking. As homeschool parents, we can use anything and everything at our disposal to teach our children.

Baking teaches so many skills:

  1. Measuring (precise)
  2. Fractions
  3. Reading
  4. Science (chemical reactions)
  5. Safety practices

And, those five are just off the top of my head. I think my favorite memory of baking is that it teaches a life skill. We’ve baked everything from loafs, french, and complex rolls. Of course, our favorites are cookies and candy.

During the fall we love anything with cinnamon and ginger. It is also the time of year that I begin making cookie dough which freezes very well ahead of time for the holiday. Cookies such as ginger and sugar cookies that you roll out and shape are the best to freeze. They can easily be thawed in the refrigerator and baked in small or large batches.

Quick guide for fall baking:

  1. What is it that you’d like to make? Tried and true recipes or something new, such as a gingerbread house or gingerbread men?
  2. When do you have time to bake? Schedule this. (You can use this as “school”, especially for the younger grades or middle school taking “home-ec”)
  3. What is your goal? Do you want to incorporate school-type activities or just have fun making memories?
  4. Make a list of recipes you’d like to tackle.
  5. Buy ingredients or use what you have on hand.

Go over the rules of baking with the children before you get started so that you all have the same expectations.

Kids want to dive in and do everything. Kids also love to touch everything. This can be dangerous when baking. What are your rules? Here are a few, to add to this list:

  1. Washing hands before beginning
  2. Do not taste anything without permission
  3. Safety – heat burns and whirling blades of a mixer should be avoided.
  4. Wait for instruction
  5. Share or divide the jobs. One person measures, another pours, etc.
  6. Take turns. Everyone will get one!
  7. Patience. Baking is fun but it takes time.
  8. Work together and be encouraging
  9. Clean up is for everyone, so being careful cuts down on the mess
  10. Tasting is great once the food cools.

Our all-time favorite recipes are gingerbread, layer cookies (easy and fast), and homemade fudge. My focus when baking is on cookies that last the longest in terms of freshness. I have a wonderful recipe for those yummy sugar cookies, you know the big chewy kind with thick sugar sprinkles on top? However, they go stale in about two days and must be kept in the refrigerator for freshness. Keep that in mind when deciding what you want to bake. In larger households, this may not be an issue. As my daughter with eight children says, there is always someone who likes something we are making and the kids are less discriminating when it comes to freshness than adults.

To Be Creative or Not?

One of my favorite tips when baking is to be creative without changing the recipe too much. In other words, you can be creative with shapes or decorating, but try to stick to the original recipe at least the first time. My mother was a good cook but not a baker because she baked by “eye” similar to her cooking. “By eye” is hit-and-miss. Sometimes her cookies would be great and other times, not! For example, if you are making a strawberry shortcake, you can decide not to add sugar to the strawberries, or to add sugar. If you add sugar to strawberries they must be eaten that day or the next, because the sugar causes the strawberries to shed water which makes that yummy strawberry juice which soaks into the cake. But after a few days, the strawberries taste rubbery.

What will you bake?

So, what will you bake? All Recipes is a website that has some good ideas. They have a list of easy-to-make recipes for kids. There are many other websites as well that you can use to bake with children. I’ve found that kids are happy to just count as you put in the ingredients and I usually have the kids break eggs, or measure flour separately, and I would put in the flour, etc. in the actual mix we used. Eggs are possibly the last skill I have the kids practice! There is something they love about eggs and wanting to break them is high on their list. If you are willing to have a mess, it is a good idea to give them a large bowl so you can fish out the shells. You can then use the eggs in your actual mix. I do this myself as it seems that these days the egg shells are so brittle and it is difficult to crack eggs without shells even for adults.

Baking Ingredients

Pumpkin is also a key ingredient in holiday baking. I buy baking pumpkins in bulk when I can, either from a wholesaler or from the grocery store. Another thing I do, I bake the pumpkins by cutting them in half (my husband or one of my stronger kids takes care of this for me!) I place the pumpkin halves face down in a large baking pan with a small amount of water. Once the pumpkins are soft I can easily scoop out the pulp and usually puree this in a food processor. I then store one cup pumpkin individually so that when I am ready to bake I can pull out a bag and allow it to defrost before using it.

Fruit bread is a great thing to make and is easy. The best thing is you do not need a mixer and the kids enjoy string (most of the time). I make pumpkin, banana, and apple bread. I’ve had zucchini or lemon bread as well. These are great for a quick breakfast and best of all the children enjoy eating what they bake! I found small coated loaf pans online that can be used for baking and you can use them to gift people without worrying about getting the pan back or trying to unmold and wrap your loaf. I used these when sending my college kids care packages and they arrived well through the mail!

As promised from the recording! Here is my tried and true muffin mix for you to enjoy.

Quick Recipe for Muffin Mix:

You can make all types of muffins using this handy mix. You can store this in an airtight container for months!

8 cups of flour, 3 cups of sugar, 3 Tablespoons of baking powder, 2 teaspoons of salt

Mix:

  • 2 ¾ cup of dry mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup of melted butter
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips OR blueberries OR cut-up apples (add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon)

Directions: In a large bowl or 8-cup mixing bowl place the dry mix, and make a well in the middle. In another bowl melt the butter and add the milk and whisk the egg. Pour this mixture into the dry mix and use a fork to mix until incorporated. Do not overmix. Add your ingredients. You can make plain muffins or spice them up with chocolate chips or fruit. When I make apple muffins I swirl in 4 large tablespoons of apple butter after I add the apples. If you feel like you have overmixed the batter you can add 1 teaspoon of baking powder to the mix. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes clean from the center.

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Stress-Free Weddings I: The Task

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Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #195, Stress-Free Weddings I: The Task, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Stress-Free Weddings I: The Task

In “Stress-Free Weddings I: The Task,” episode #196, Meredith Curtis talks to families with a wedding on the horizon who long for a peaceful, joy-filled celebration.  In part I, Meredith helps you take a deep breath, list and prioritize expectations, and plod peacefully through the planning. She looks at the ceremony, guests, venues, photography, food, clothing, decorations, music, budget, and itinerary. From the practical to the relational, you will receive wisdom from an experienced Mother of the Bride.

 

 

 

 


 

 

PowerlineProd.com Homeschool and Bible Resources

 

Powerline Productions, Inc.

Bringing Homeschool Joy to Families Everywhere!

 


Show Notes

You just found out! Celebrate, invest emotionally, make a plan with the couple

Take a Deep Breath!

This is exciting! Celebrate the engagement!

Pray – What is God’s will?

Quiet Dinner – “What are you thinking?”

Dream Big – pare down

Things to remember

  • You are throwing a party for your family & friends to celebrate
  • You can be simple (low cost) or extravagant
  • A Wedding Planner with a Timetable is essential
  • God is the God of Miracles!
  • Pastor/Premarital Counseling
  • Bride & Groom Choose Support Team (wedding party)
  • Mom, you choose your support team because usually the wedding coordinator is you!

Ceremony

  • Intimate? Large? Honoring Christ? Honoring Parents & One Another?
  • Where?
  • Special Things (Unity Candle, Communion, Sing to One Another)
  • Remember you are getting ready for a Marriage – keep your eyes on the important thing!

Guests

Who do you want to celebrate with you?

  • Bride, Groom, Parents Lists
  • Save the Date, Invitations
  • Gifts – Thank You’s
  • Out of Towners

Venues

  • Choose, Reserve, Downpayment for Venues/Choose Date
  • Ceremony—Church, Garden, Other?
  • Reception—Fellowship Hall,

Photography

  • Photos last a lifetime
  • Photographer, Guests, Table Cameras
  • Place to upload photos

Food

Caterer or Do Food Self

  • Cake & Punch
  • Dessert Bar
  • Breakfast or Brunch Buffet
  • Sit Down Dinner
  • Casual Lunch Buffet

Clothing

  • Wedding Gown
  • Girl’s Dresses
  • Guys Tuxes

Decorations

  • What “feel” do you want?
  • Start a Shared Pinterest Board

Money

  • Make a Budget
  • Avoid Debt
  • Priorities (What matters most? What do you want to remember?)

To-Do Lists

A Wedding Planner with a Timetable is essential

  • Plan Ceremony/Itinerary
  • Plan Reception/Itinerary
  • Choose Emcee
  • Choose Music & Musicians (or Audio)
  • Pick Out, Address, & Mail Invitations
  • Choose & Hire Photographer
  • Bridal Registry
  • Parties: Shower, Bridesmaid Luncheon, Bachelor Party

Wedding Planner Notebook

I created a wedding planner for my daughters and several close friends. Some opted to use the print version and other wanted the eBook to print only the pages that applied to them.

Everything you need is here!

 

Before the Vows are Made - Premarital Counseling Workbook for Engage Couples by Pastor Mike and Meredith Curtis

 

You pick and choose what you want to include and not include. You choose where the money is spent. You choose how and when and where the big day will take place. A wedding planner keeps you organized.

With checklists and schedules,  you will be able to keep you head in all the planning. Family trees, memory pages, comparison pages, budget sheets, vendor payment tracking charts, table arrangement planners, sample invitations, sample schedules, and sample itineraries. But, there’s more!

The Ultimate Christian Wedding Planner has prayers, studies, and meditations to help prepare to be a godly wife. Discover where wedding traditions and symbols come from. Learn all about wedding protocol and who is responsible for what. And lots of Christian encouragement!

 

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Resources

 

Ultimate Christian Wedding Planner by Meredith Curtis Before the Vows Are Made - Premarital Counseling Workbook for Engaged Couples Real Men 102: Freedom, Courtship, Marriage, & Family God's Girls 103: Courship, Marriage, and the Christian Family High School Class
Real Men Talk About Freedom, Girls, & Marriage Real Men 103: Leadership God's Girls Talk About Guys, Virtue, & Marriage by Meredith Curtis God Girls 105: Homemaking (1 Credit High School Life Skills/Character Class) by Meredith Curtis

 

 


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Special Replay | Ultimate Holiday Checklist Advice

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Ultimate holiday checklist for homeschooling during the holidays.Ultimate Holiday Checklist Advice & Homeschooling Episode 379 with Janice Campbell

Are you ready for the holidays? Here is holiday checklist advice from two homeschool veterans, Felice Gerwitz and Janice Campbell. Both have homeschooled during the holidays for many years and have much to share with you!

Visit my special guest’s website! Get to know Janice Campbell:

Bookstore: Everyday-Education.com
Literature resources Excellence-In-Literature.com
Blog: DoingWhatMatters.com

Janice Campbell and her husband, Donald, homeschooled their four sons from preschool into early college using a lifestyle of learning approach influenced by Charlotte Mason and classical education. A lifelong reader and learner, Janice has been sharing her joy in homeschooling at conferences since the 1990s. She is the author of the Excellence in Literature curriculum for grades 8-12, Transcripts Made Easy, and other resources. She writes for various homeschooling magazines and online at EverydayEducation.com, Excellence-in-Literature.com, and DoingWhatMatters.com.

Holiday Checklist Advice & Homeschooling

Here is a blog post on Holiday Checklist Countdown

  • My business tagline has been “Making time for things that matter” from the very beginning.
  • Homeschooling and caregiving made me aware of the value of time.
  • My grandmother’s influence: weekly routines, lists, twice-yearly home plan, etc.
  • Tried all the planners  . . . at least once.
  • Tried to be my grandmother . . . but not for long.
  • Lifelong planning plus four boys turned me into a planning realist.
  • Created my own forms, which have become my Peaceful Planning System.
  • The newest item is the oldest and longest used — the weekly planner, a printable, customizable, quarterly planner.
  • Flexibility, the big picture, knowing what matters, and just do the next thing.
  • It all comes back to making time for things that matter and Charlotte Mason’s point that “Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, and a life.”


Encouragement for Homeschool Mid-year, interview with Felice Gerwitz

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This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast we have: Encouragement for Homeschool Mid-year, interview with Felice Gerwitz.

Encouragement for Homeschool Mid-year, interview with Felice Gerwitz

Encouragement for Homeschool Mid-year, interview with Felice Gerwitz

One of the blessings on homeschool communities (online communities as well as IRL communities) is meeting new and fascinating people. One fascinating homeschool friend that we have been blessed some years ago to meet (at our beloved 2:1 Conference) is Felice Gerwitz. Felice is the head of the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network, which may sound a bit intimidating. Felice is not intimidating (but she is a natural persuader/influencer).

We ran into Felice in the elevator a number of times at 2:1 (a conference for Christian homeschool bloggers). After we both attended the same how-to-podcast workshop, Felice approached me and said, “We need a high school podcast!”

Clearly, this had been at the back of my mind (of all the workshops I was attending that morning, I chose to attend one on podcasting by future fellow podcasters, Andy and Kendra Fletcher of Homeschooling IRL. When Felice told me a high school podcast was needed, I instantly saw that we could and should do it! Homeschool Highschool Podcast was born!

So, I finally had a chance to catch Felice, just in time for some encouragement for homeschool mid-year. (Encouraging homeschool moms is one of Felice’s many passions!)

Felice is a veteran homeschool mom, from way back in the early days of homeschooling (some of us old-timers remember those days: hard to find and obtain curriculum, lots of time with legislators and state officials working to make homeschooling laws work for homeschoolers, and more).

Felice’s five kids are all homeschool graduates now (the last two are now in college). Felice started her business career with Media Angels when she was pregnant with her third child. She was a frequent speaker at conferences as well. She published homeschool how-to’s, curriculum and faith-based inspirational books. Then she added the podcast network as podcasting became a thing. Her podcast, Vintage Homeschool Mom, was the first on the network and an all-time favorite with listeners.

Felice came from a family of immigrants. She is first generation American whose parents worked hard and wanted their children to go to college. Felice became an elementary education (with certifications for learning disabilities). When one of her children showed learning struggles, she found her local resources inadequate. Her sister-in-law was already homeschooling and encouraged Felice to use her own training to best help her child. This was life changing for Felice.

This has worked! Her kids have all learned in ways that best fit them. Here’s the encouragement for homeschool mid-year from Felice.

A homeschool mom's job is to come alongside her teens. -Felice Gerwitz

  • Invest in your teens’ strengths and interests
    • Let them explore, provide them opportunities, allow them to be who God made them to be, allow them to make mistakes and take reasonable risks
    • Her kid who loved to tinker, works with their contractor dad and has a profitable side gig of buying things, fixing things and selling them
  • Don’t stand in your teens’ way, even if you want something else for them
    • For instance, her tinkering son was a star pitcher at high school level and was recruited by colleges. He did not want to go, but to work and be in business. This was difficult for Felice. God used her priest to encourage her to get out of God’s way and let God develop her son into the man HE wanted.
    • Fixing tools and equipment became his specialty as Felice allowed him to develop his passion.
  • Look for courses that will get your kids truly excited.
    • Felice provided her tinkering son a business course by Carol Topp (of Homeschool CPA podcast). This helped him get excited about the business possibilities of his tinkering skills.
    • Felice found dual-enrollment courses that expanded interests help by her other kids when the time was right.
    • Felice allowed her son to explore and prepare for the military (even though she felt nervous about it).
      • She found veterans for him to interview and be mentored by.
  • No matter what you and your kids do, pray.
  • Imagine: a homeschool mom’s job for homeschooling high school is to come along side her teens.
    • Build relationship (as parents, do not worry about being their friend)
    • Allow them to process ideas and experiences without correcting or forcing them to your will
      • Ask questions, avoid expounding your personal goals.
    • Help them find healthy friends (the five people they are around most will shape them)
    • Remember: NO teen is perfect (nor are their parents)

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Join Vicki and Felice for some precious encouragement for homeschool mid-year!

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Encouragement for Homeschool Mid-year, interview with Felice Gerwitz

Using Tech in your Early Elementary Homeschooling Journey

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109: Using Tech in your Early Elementary Homeschooling Journey with Tiffany Aguirre

Our guest in this episode is Tiffany Aguirre from Life With Many Blessings. Tiffany shares how she is using tech in early elementary homeschooling.

Here is the list of different apps and websites Tiffany talks about:

And check out Tiffany’s awesome all-in-one homeschool planner for iPads.

Join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast! You can ask questions and get advice as you try integrating technology in your homeschool. We would love to hear how you are using tech in early elementary homeschooling!

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Ultimate Holiday Checklist Advice

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Holiday Checklist Advice and Homeschooling | Are you ready for the holidays? Here is holiday checklist advice from two homeschool veterans, Felice Gerwitz and Janice Campbell. Both have homeschooled during the holidays for many years and have much to share with you! | #podcast #homeschoolingpodcast #holidaychecklistUltimate Holiday Checklist Advice & Homeschooling Episode 379 with Janice Campbell

Are you ready for the holidays? Here is holiday checklist advice from two homeschool veterans, Felice Gerwitz and Janice Campbell. Both have homeschooled during the holidays for many years and have much to share with you!

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Visit my special guest’s website! Get to know Janice Campbell:

Bookstore: Everyday-Education.com
Literature resources Excellence-In-Literature.com
Blog: DoingWhatMatters.com

About Janice Campbell and her husband Donald homeschooled their four sons from preschool into early college using a lifestyle of learning approach influenced by Charlotte Mason and classical education. A lifelong reader and learner, Janice has been sharing her joy in homeschooling at conferences since the 1990s. She is the author of the Excellence in Literature curriculum for grades 8-12, Transcripts Made Easy, and other resources, and she writes for various homeschooling magazines, as well as online at EverydayEducation.com, Excellence-in-Literature.com, and DoingWhatMatters.com.

Holiday Checklist Advice & Homeschooling

Here is a blog post on Holiday Checklist Countdown

  • My business tagline has been “Making time for things that matter” from the very beginning.
  • Homeschooling and caregiving made me aware of the value of time.
  • My grandmother’s influence: weekly routines, lists, twice-yearly home plan, etc.
  • Tried all the planners  . . . at least once.
  • Tried to be my grandmother . . . but not for long.
  • Lifelong planning plus four boys turned me into a planning realist.
  • Created my own forms which have become my Peaceful Planning System.
  • The newest item is the oldest and longest used — the weekly planner, a printable, customizable, quarterly planner.
  • Flexibility, the big picture, knowing what matters, and just do the next thing.
  • It all comes back to making time for things that matter and Charlotte Mason’s point that “Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, and a life.”

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