What Happened To The Dinosaurs

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What Happened To The Dinosaurs? | This podcast is for kids to learn about the dinosaurs. #podcast #creationscience #dinosaurs #homeschoolFor Kids! What Happened To The Dinosaurs? Episode 7

To understand a bit about what happened to the Dinosaurs, it is best to begin in Genesis. Understanding how man sinned shows us that the Garden of Eden a haven for Adam and Eve and all the animals became a world far from perfection.

Then along came Noah! He was a righteous man and he saved the animals at the time of The Flood. While some think the flood was only in specific areas of the world, this is not true! You can find more information about Flood Geology in the book Creation Geology a Study Guide to Fossils, Formations & The Flood. The Flood was worldwide, the podcast contains information about some of the ways we know this.

The Ark design was unique (Genesis 6:14-16) There was room for 2 of each animal, food and storage, Noah and his family. The ark design is one of the most stable of any boat. When God said He wanted Noah to take two of each kind, what does it mean? A “kind” is not a “species.” For example, a “dog kind,” includes dogs, wolves, coyotes, etc.

What Happened To The Dinosaurs?

Where are the dinosaurs? Dinosaurs were believed to be on the ark. Juvenile dinosaurs were onboard and the average size of the dinosaur was the size of a small chicken. So, for all those skeptics, yes – dinosaurs were on the ark!

When the rains stopped and the flood waters receded, 150 days later the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. The mountains became visible in the tenth month.

Before the Flood, the earth was warmer. It is believed there was more carbon dioxide in the air that made the plants and animals grow bigger (and people lived longer). There are many plants and animals found in the fossil record that did not survive the flood.

What Happened to the Dinosaurs? 

After the flood, many plants and animals died and the dinosaurs and other large creatures could not live in the reduced atmosphere or without some of the plants that did not survive, so they became extinct. Many plants and animals were buried rapidly which caused fossils. Fossils are often found in groups. The rocks showed the catastrophic deposits with large scale erosion into the newly deepened oceans. There was also a post-flood Ice Age.

Geologic formations formed and the rapid burial showed that many fossils found were not commonly found together in nature. The Fossils were only preserved when they are rapidly buried.


Thanks to our sponsor, Harper Collins Christian, and the Kingdom Girl’s Bible

Girls will discover the power of faith in this beautiful Bible that features women of the Bible. This is the ideal Bible for girls on their journey of faith! This special Bible is specifically crafted to highlight the stories and lessons of the inspiring, famous, and sometimes infamous women of the Bible. With over 400 engaging features, colorful illustrations, and helpful notes, this Bible is perfect for girls ages 8 to 12 as they learn about the strong and faithful women who came before them. Visit the website for more information.

How to Intentionally Connect with Your Children with Graeme Pitman

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How to Intentionally Connect with Your Children - Image provided by Pitman PhotographyOOOOOHHHH, I love the show this week. Over the past year, I have had the pleasure of getting to know Graeme Pitman, creative director of The Circe Institute. As I have watched his social media accounts, I have giggled and sat in amazement at the connecting moments he has had with his three young children. I thought it would be fun to have Graeme on the show and talk about his family and the way they make the everyday moments matter.

Thanks to our sponsor, Harper Collins Christian, and the Kingdom Girl’s Bible

Girls will discover the power of faith in this beautiful Bible that features women of the Bible. This is the ideal Bible for girls on their journey of faith! This special Bible is specifically crafted to highlight the stories and lessons of the inspiring, famous, and sometimes infamous women of the Bible. With over 400 engaging features, colorful illustrations, and helpful notes, this Bible is perfect for girls ages 8 to 12 as they learn about the strong and faithful women who came before them. Visit the website for more information.

In this episode, Graeme Pitman shares that time does matter in parenting and that quality time requires quantity time. When I watched the video of Graeme and his son Rowan talking about Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, I was thrilled to witness a beautiful conversation where a child was invited to share his honest thoughts and interpretation of the story. I asked Graeme to tell us why he made this inspiring video.

One of my favorite posts on Graeme’s Instagram account was that of his daughter belly laughing. I enjoyed imagining the conversation that occurred in their home to cause such a grand laugh. Even though his life looks picturesque on social media, Graeme assures me that they are not a fairy tale family. He insists they are just a mom and dad trying to relax and enjoy the journey.

Visit Graeme’s site to learn more about his gifts as a photographer and creative director.

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I hope you make time to connect with your kids today!!

You’ve got this!

**Above Photography provided by Graeme Pitman – Pitman Photography.


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Jesus and Moms / 6 Ways to Show Love to Your Children

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Jesus and Moms – 6 Ways to Show Love to Your Children

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Show notes: What I’d like to share tonight is a way to embrace the vocation and high calling of motherhood that keeps our eyes on Christ.


First, let’s look at how Jesus taught. This will help us in our daily, minute-by-minute instruction of our children no matter what age they may be. This is also called relationship.

If we look at the life of Christ we see that Jesus was loving. He repeated spiritual truths over and over so that people might understand. He walked among the people healing them, by asking them questions, and by imparting truth through ways they could understand (Mark 4:34 He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.)

Jesus was someone who attracted others. He had a way of pointing to the Father that satisfied the needs of people. He knew how to satisfy their greatest spiritual needs. Even when they just returned for more bread, he knew they had a greater need.

6 Ways to Show Love to Your Children

Here are ways he did just that, and how as Moms we can be encouraged that if we will follow the master Jesus will meet their needs and our own.

  1. Children need to feel safe, loved, and important.  Do you have a consistent temperament? Do you meet as well as you are able your children’s basic needs for clothing, shelter, and food? Is your discipline consistent or are your children unsure of what to expect? Can your child confide in your? We are especially admonished not to provoke our children to anger or discouragement (Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Colossians 3:21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.Jesus makes us feel safe, loved, and important in his very life (lived sinlessly), death (for our sins), and resurrection (for our justification) that we might have peace with God the Father, Romans chapter 4.
  2. Children must trust their parents Do you keep your word to your children? Do you keep your word to others so your children witness this? Do you do your best to make sure that trustworthy adults influence your children? Remember when we talked about how Jesus patiently repeated things to his followers (and for our benefit) so we’d understand? This built trust. We can trust him because He did exactly what he said he would do. Read Mark 8,9, and 10. He said he would suffer, die, and rise. He did.
  3. Children need to know their worth Do your children understand that their value as a human and made in the image of God? Do your children see how important they are to you by the time and real attention you give to them? Are you full of distraction? God’s Word tells us children are a heritage (Psalm 127) and fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139), and that the Father would hold nothing back in saving them should they stray, and in fact he didn’t hold back his only son. (Matthew 18 and the parable of the lost sheep)
  4. Children need to see their purpose and calling Do your children see that they’ve been created by God and live in the culture and time we live in “for such a time as this”. Do you? Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
  5. Children need chores Constant entertainment is soul-destroying to anyone, especially a child. There is value in work that sparks their creativity and curiosity and helps them see their place in God’s world. Again, Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
  6. Wisdom and role models- Children need your guidance and the guidance of trusted adults, especially as they become young adults themselves to help grow discernment. Who do you know that exhibits wisdom that would be a good influence? Do you exhibit wisdom to your children? Proverbs 13:20 tells us, “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”

Learn more about Susanna Wesley here.


Thanks to our sponsor, Harper Collins Christian, and the Kingdom Girl’s Bible

Girls will discover the power of faith in this beautiful Bible that features women of the Bible. This is the ideal Bible for girls on their journey of faith! This special Bible is specifically crafted to highlight the stories and lessons of the inspiring, famous, and sometimes infamous women of the Bible. With over 400 engaging features, colorful illustrations, and helpful notes, this Bible is perfect for girls ages 8 to 12 as they learn about the strong and faithful women who came before them. Visit the website for more information.

How to Raise Children Who Love God

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How to Raise Children Who Love GodIt’s easy to slip into the thinking that if we just homeschool, all will turn out fine. Our children will grow up to love God; they will be well-educated and spiritually mature, always following the Lord and living godly lives.

Wrong.

A quick search of the internet will prove this is simply not the case. I loved the blog post Israel Wayne posted not too long ago addressing the current trend of homeschoolers who are rejecting their parents’ faith and basically dishonoring them.

(Can I just say that I literally laughed out loud when I read this line: “I just want to say to everyone who wishes that I was writing blogs about how badly my life sucks lollipops…I’m sorry I’ve disappointed you by having a happy and satisfied life.”).

And then, of course, there’s the story of Josh Harris, who grew up a zealot of homeschooling, courtship, and so many good things, only to recently divorce his wife and leave his faith, rejecting all he supposedly once held important. What a sad time for his parents.

Oh, dear homeschoolers. Once again, we have to be reminded that life is not about a checklist. We so easily forget, don’t we? There are no secret formulas, no magic bullets. You can’t manufacture a genuine relationship. There is no amount of work you can invest that will guarantee your children will turn out fine.

Homeschooling is great. I personally think it’s the obvious best option for educating and investing time into one’s children to build strong relationships. But it’s not the secret formula and relying on that alone will only bring frustration and disappointment.

But fret not. God doesn’t want us to just throw up our hands and sing Que Sera, Sera. We can look to Scripture and look to godly examples around us to learn some ideas for helping our children grow into spiritually mature adults who love God. We cannot force them to love the Lord, but we can entice them towards a deep relationship by showing them how precious it is!

Here are some ideas:

 

1. Make your relationship with the Lord your top priority.

How can you expect your children to love God if you don’t love Him with all of your heart? The very best thing you can do is lead by example. Spend time with Him daily and share what He is teaching you. When your children see that God is a priority and when they hear you speak about Him, they will be drawn towards Him.

I could probably end this entire blog post with this first point because it is just that important and impactful! But I won’t… 😉

 

2. Start early encouraging your children to spend time with the Lord daily.

We have always made daily devotions a part of our children’s required “daily chores.” That might sound terrible, but the Bible does talk about “disciplining ourselves unto godliness.” Part of the Christian walk is self-discipline and if we want them to truly love God, then we must teach our children to be self-disciplined early. They need to learn how to “own” their faith.

When they were young, they read this Learn to Read Bible, among other Bible story books. They also enjoyed these inductive Bible studies by Kay Arthur. Korban also really loves these books. They are short and address specific sins through the eyes of a child, with Scripture references to go along with them.

Something else we did was to encourage them to pray for wisdom like Solomon did. I remember specifically having this conversation with our oldest son, Konur, and seeing the impact it made on him to think that he could have as much wisdom as he wanted simply by asking in faith!

We watched him grow spiritually even as a young child and we didn’t even have to ask how it happened. We knew he was praying for wisdom. Today, that boy spends hours in prayer and Bible reading daily and has a close walk with the Lord.

 

3. Have daily devotions time as a family.

Fathers are called to be the “priests of their homes,” but many households do not have regular family devotions. It is not always easy and grace is sometimes needed for difficult schedules, but it’s important to make a commitment to do something! Martin Luther is famously quoted as saying, “Work, work from early until late. In fact, I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.”

There is always time! Even if it just starts with just one song, reading a couple verses, and praying through a prayer list, if it’s a daily time together as a family, God will honor the effort and increase the desire. It is very impactful for your children to see their father leading spiritually and worshiping the God he loves.

I think it’s so important to focus on reading the Bible, but stories can also be helpful, especially for younger children. These books are a current favorite of my seven-year-old’s.

 

4. Make the Lord a part of everyday life, not a separate subject.

Talk about Him as you go through your day. Remember all the things He has done for you and your family and recount them to your children. (Hmmm… this sounds strangely similar to Deuteronomy 6:4-9, doesn’t it? 😉 )

In our family, we often talk about how good God has been to us by providing our homestead to us for $40,000. It’s an incredible story! We also recount other specific answers to prayer, like the time I cried out in desperation for my husband to get a different job and that very day he was let go. It might not sound like an answer, but we knew it was! And God provided a better job a short time later.

Encourage them to pray specifically and point out the times when God has answered their requests, too. God is a good Father and loves to give good gifts to His children. Once, Korban prayed for 6 inches of snow. God answered that prayer and actually gave him an inch more! We made sure to tell him what a special answer to prayer that was and how much God loves him, and he continues to bring that story up. God didn’t have to answer the request, but He delighted to do so!

 

5. Get to their hearts with Scripture.

When you train them, God’s Word should always be what you use to exhort and encourage. So often we focus on changing their behavior so that we can be more comfortable or so that we don’t look like bad parents. But if we want our children to love God, our focus should always be on Christ. How does their behavior make Him look?

We need to get to their hearts and focus on their motivations for doing right. What does the Bible say about their behavior? Do they truly love God and want to please Him? Do they remember all the Jesus did to pay for those sins they are committing? Do they know how much He loves them and longs to have a relationship with them?

We must always bring it back to the Gospel.

One of our favorite resources for doing this was a book called Parenting with Scripture. It’s a topical book that helps us address different kinds of behavior issues using Scripture and activities to go along with it. We also tried to have clear expectations and swift consequences for disobedience. Allowing things to slide leads to anger and nothing will harden a child quicker than parents disciplining in anger.

 

6. Be open and real about your faith.

Kids are perceptive. They know when you are not being real with them and teens, especially, can smell hypocrisy a mile away. When they are young, they may let it slide because you are still their hero. But when they get older, they have no qualms about calling you out on all the inconsistencies they have seen for years.

You have two choices: You can respond in humility or you can respond in pride. Pride says, “I am the parent and I am in charge. I have my reasons. Do as I say, not as I do.” Trust me, you won’t get very far with that approach and it will not draw your teens closer to Christ.

Humility, on the other hand, says, “You are right. I didn’t see that, but I need to change and I will work on it. (And, by the way, I love you, but you need to work on how you confront authority.)” That last part may or may not be necessary. 😉 But the point is, don’t let their own spiritual immaturity and hypocrisy blind you from the sin they are pointing out.

When you are humble enough to admit wrongs and share your heart about how God is teaching you, they will let down their own defenses and share their own struggles. This brings us right back around to the first point. Again, it’s about modeling what you want to see and leading by example.

 

Of course, when it gets right down to it, prayer is the number one, most powerful tool we have to ensure that our children grow up to love God and serve Him!

All of these practical ideas are just empty works without the power of the Holy Spirit to work in their hearts. We must always be seeking Him and asking Him to reveal to us the specific ways that we can encourage our children’s relationship with the Lord.

I hope this encourages you and gives you some practical help in raising up children who love God with all of their hearts, souls, and minds! We can’t control their hearts, but we can make a big impact if we follow the Lord’s leading and humbly walk along side them.

Also, if you’d like to actually be able to see me while you listen to this episode, be sure to watch it on my new YouTube channel!


Thanks to our sponsor, Harper Collins Christian, and the Kingdom Girl’s Bible

Girls will discover the power of faith in this beautiful Bible that features women of the Bible. This is the ideal Bible for girls on their journey of faith! This special Bible is specifically crafted to highlight the stories and lessons of the inspiring, famous, and sometimes infamous women of the Bible. With over 400 engaging features, colorful illustrations, and helpful notes, this Bible is perfect for girls ages 8 to 12 as they learn about the strong and faithful women who came before them. Visit the website for more information.

Empower Your Daughter with the NIV Kingdom Girls Bible

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Looking for a Bible to encourage the girl in your life?  The NIV Kingdom Girls Bible is a beautiful new Bible that will inspire girls ages 8 to 12. It contains 400 features and colorful illustrations, and highlights famous, and sometimes infamous women of the Bible. Special notes will encourage girls to apply Bible passages to their lives through prayer, art, and activities.

Empowering Your Daughter with the NIV Kingdom Girls Bible

As parents, guiding our daughters on their spiritual journey is a profound responsibility. In a world brimming with distractions, finding the right resources to encourage their faith and growth is essential. If you’re a homeschooling parent in search of a Bible that not only educates but also inspires your daughter, the NIV Kingdom Girls Bible stands out as a beacon of light.

Why Choose the NIV Kingdom Girls Bible?

Designed specifically for girls ages 8 to 12, the NIV Kingdom Girls Bible is more than just a traditional Bible. It’s a treasure trove of wisdom, courage, and inspiration. With its 400 unique features and vibrant illustrations, it engages young minds and hearts in a way that traditional Bibles might not. It brings the stories of the Bible to life, highlighting both famous and sometimes infamous women of the Bible, making it relatable to the young girls of today.

A Source of Inspiration and Learning

One of the most significant challenges in teaching the Bible to children is making the stories and lessons engaging and relevant. The NIV Kingdom Girls Bible overcomes this challenge with ease. Its colorful illustrations captivate the imagination, while the special notes encourage girls to apply Bible passages to their lives. Whether through prayer, art, or activities, it provides a hands-on approach to learning and living the Bible’s teachings.

Empowering Girls through Biblical Women

The NIV Kingdom Girls Bible serves as a mirror reflecting the strength, wisdom, and grace of biblical women, allowing young girls to see themselves in these stories. It teaches them about the power of faith, resilience in the face of adversity, and the importance of wisdom and kindness. By learning about women who played pivotal roles in the Bible, girls are inspired to see their value and potential in God’s eyes.

A Tool for Homeschooling Parents

For homeschooling parents, this Bible is a godsend. It offers a comprehensive resource that aligns with the values you wish to instill in your daughter. The inclusion of activities and practical applications of Bible passages makes it an excellent tool for both education and character development. It supports a holistic approach to learning, combining spiritual, intellectual, and creative growth.

Building a Foundation of Faith

The early years are crucial for laying the foundation of a strong faith that can guide your daughter through life’s challenges. The NIV Kingdom Girls Bible is designed to grow with your daughter, offering lessons and insights that are relevant at different stages of her journey. It encourages a personal relationship with God, teaching girls to turn to Him in prayer and to see His hand in their lives.

A Gift of Lasting Value

Choosing the NIV Kingdom Girls Bible for your daughter is more than a simple purchase; it’s an investment in her future. It’s a gift that keeps on giving, offering endless lessons, encouragement, and inspiration. As she grows and navigates the complexities of life, the truths and stories within its pages will serve as a constant source of strength and guidance.

How to Learn More

Interested in discovering more about how the NIV Kingdom Girls Bible can make a difference in your daughter’s life? Visit NIV Kingdom Girls Bible for a free sample and to explore the myriad of features this unique Bible offers. It’s an opportunity to take a closer look at how it can enrich your homeschooling experience and support your daughter’s spiritual journey.

Conclusion

In a world where girls are bombarded with mixed messages about their worth and identity, the NIV Kingdom Girls Bible shines as a guiding light. It offers them a perspective grounded in faith, valor, and grace. For homeschooling parents, this Bible is not just a teaching tool; it’s a partner in the noble task of raising strong, wise, and faith-filled women. Visit NIV Kingdom Girls Bible today and take the first step towards empowering the girl in your life with the gift of God’s Word.


Looking for a Bible to encourage the girl in your life?  The NIV Kingdom Girls Bible is a beautiful new Bible that will inspire girls ages 8 to 12. It contains 400 features and colorful illustrations, and highlights famous, and sometimes infamous women of the Bible. Special notes will encourage girls to apply Bible passages to their lives through prayer, art, and activities. Go to NIV Kingdom Girls Bible  for a free sample and to learn more about this amazing Bible.  Visit NIV Kingdom Girls Bible dot com today!


 

Budgeting and Planning for the Whole Family

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Hey there, money masters in the making! Welcome to a whole new adventure – the world of finances! This month, we’re diving into the exciting world of budgeting, saving, and setting financial goals. Ever wondered where your money disappears by the end of the month? Well, worry not! We’ve got a Financial Road Map Planner — help is on the way.

Free Budgeting printable Financial Road Map for the whole family.

Budgeting Whiz?

So, are you a budgeting whiz or do you find it a bit tricky? Are you drowning in debt, or are you living the carefree life? No matter where you stand, don’t give up! We all have strengths and weaknesses when it comes to managing our money. It’s time to take a close look at where your money is going.

Think about it – are you a generous giver, a spontaneous spender, or someone diligently saving up for a rainy day? It’s essential to figure out what’s important to you. Take some time to chat with your family, especially your parents, and make sure everyone is on the same page. It might be a bit challenging at first, but trust me, after a few months of budgeting, it gets much easier.

Get the Whole Family Involved in Budgeting

And hey, it’s never too early to get your whole family involved! Teach your younger siblings or kids how to budget and plan for the future. It’s like a super cool family project! Plus, it sets the stage for a financially savvy future.

Feeling a bit disorganized? No problemo! There’s an awesome tool called Organize-IT Planners, and you can grab them from the Media Angels website. These planners are like your financial superhero sidekick, helping you stay organized and on top of your money game.

Homeschooling parents, listen up!

Everything can be a learning opportunity, even budgeting. Share these forms with your teens so they can build good money habits. It takes a bit of discipline and self-control, but mastering your finances is like unlocking a superpower!

Now, about the Organize-IT Planner – it’s designed to give you choices.

Don’t stress if you need to skip a few pages. You might not need three monthly budgets; try one or two and see what works best for you. Once you find the perfect fit, it can be your Ultimate Binder material. If you don’t have one, set it up! Add a finance section with all the important pages from this planner.

Remember, it doesn’t matter if your paycheck is big or small – this planner is here for you.

It equips you to be a good steward of what you have, just like a superhero protecting their city. There’s even a kids’ planner for the younger ones, so everyone in the family can join the financial fun! The student planner is Valentine’s themed for February with a focus on loving your neighbor. The perfect companion to budgeting. Being careful with money helps us helps others in times of need.

So, buckle up, money enthusiasts! Let’s make budgeting and planning the coolest adventure of the year. Your financial future is looking bright!

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PS. Be sure to check out our brand new podcast on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network, It’s Not About Money. This podcast is your go-to resource for raising responsible and ready adults, providing insights and actionable advice on money matters and beyond.

Kids Mini Activity Planner

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kids mini activity plannerA Kids Mini Activity Planner from Media Angels. Now parents and their children can be working on those important spiritual goals together. This free download is just for kids!

Download the planner (don’t forget to confirm your subscription!)

And you can grab the parent’s planner, too!

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A message to the kids about the Kids Mini Activity Planner

Hey, Kids-

Are you ready to be the best person you can be? It is a choice. It is a decision. Maybe you have never thought about growing closer to God in prayer. Or maybe you want to improve in character.

This planner will help you get started.

Have you ever thought about what you do well? How about something that is difficult or hard? These can be thoughtof as strengths and weaknesses.Some areas may be a real challenge. We all have character traits we need to work on or habits we’d like to break.

This planner will help you tackle a different area of your life each month. Our focus this month is on our spiritual growth. If you don’t like schedules try a routine. Take the time to be consistent each day.

Yes, it takes discipline and is not easy, but you be happier at the end.

I designed this planner to give you a chance to think about the most important goals. You can use this as a prayer journal with dividers in each sec/on or use a three-ring binder to contain all the pages in one place and use during the year.

If you don’t like an actvity you can do another. I hope you have fun!

To Parents: You can use this with your teens as well. What a delightul beginning to take control of our prayer life as our first step to becoming the best version of ourselves, as God designed.

~Blessing, Christina Moss

PS. If you love planners, don’t miss out on our special offer on the Homeschool Goals Planner.

Homeschool Curriculum Shopping Tips | Replay

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Homeschool Curriculum Shopping Tips | Things you must know before you buy the first book. Questions to know and ask yourself and your kids. #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #homeschool Homeschool Curriculum Shopping Tips ~ Episode 333 | Special Replay

Shopping for homeschool curriculum is never easy.  In this episode, we discuss must-know-tips for homeschool curriculum shopping and an insider’s available to homeschool podcast network subscribers. 

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Fast forward and many years of homeschooling gone by and I realized the best time to consider purchasing curriculum was in June. I could finish my school year, take a look back and see what worked and what did not. I was blessed to find homeschool math curriculum we loved (I share these brands on the podcast), and these helped us in many ways to accomplish what was often considered the hardest subject. My kids loved to do the hardest subject first so that the rest of the day seemed easy by comparison. In fact, they would get up early to complete Math before breakfast.

Here is a quick list of questions to ask yourself before you buy the first book!

  1. What are my kid’s ages/ grades?
  2. Do I have a budget per subject or an overall budget?
  3. Do I want to focus on hands-on curriculum or text/ workbooks?
  4. How will my kids relate to the books I purchase?
  5. Do I want to add outside sources? Co-ops or online classes?

Often the best ideas are those that come to you after prayer. One year I was so tired of what I felt was zipping through the curriculum. I had purchased several years of a popular science text and when I found the next “new year,” which we began in January started with birds again and we had finished an exhaustive unit on birds the previous year I knew we had to regroup, skip around the book and then I found myself added unit studies which my children immensely enjoyed.

Consider doing some unit studies with the middle grades. Your kids will thank you I promise. This allows you to delve into a subject and really study it from top to bottom. A unit study on birds can turn into a study of migration patterns, bird watching, identification, the study of habitats and so much more. Or, a study on geology can turn into rock collections (which we still have) and rocks from all over the world. (We had our relatives bring us back rocks from their trips to Europe).

Look at the following to help you further narrow down your curriculum choices:

  1. Look at your child’s learning style—if your child is an auditory learner, loves having books read, listens to audios, etc. it isn’t the best to have this child do textbooks.
  2. Look at expert reviews. The only one I highly recommend is CathyDuffyReviews.com – Cathy is a long time homeschooler. She graduated three boys from homeschooling and set out years ago to look at curriculum with a critical eye. Now a disclaimer here, many of my books are on her top 100 and 102 Curriculum Picks. The Creation science series, accompanying study guides, and Teaching Science and Having Fun. You can get all of these books for less than $30 when one of them costs $18.95 retail. These are digital but you can read them, print out the experiment sheets and planning guides and use them for K-12. Looking at reviews can also tell you if it is something that will work with your homeschool.
  3. Listen to podcasts. What are some recommendations made by those in the know!
    1. Three Homeschool Curriculum Essentials
    2. When Your Curriculum Is Wrong For Your Teens
    3. Best Curriculum For Your Family
    4. Movies For Homeschool Curriculum
  4. Visit a homeschool conventions
    1. Homeschool convention attendance has changed in recent years. With everything available online and the expense involved to attend it is often the last thing on a homeschool moms list. However, it is important to attend for many reasons. The most important is encouragement.
    2. It can be overwhelming which is why I have created a standalone curriculum buying guide that will be helpful. It will be available for free for my email subscribers. After the giveaway is over, it is always available on my MediaAngelsMembership.com website.
  5. Get on email lists from your favorite publisher – get to know them.
    1. Many publishers have samples on their website.
    2. If they don’t many will send you some via email.
    3. Join their Facebook or discussion groups to ask questions or ask questions of other users.

My favorite curriculum shopping happened when I decided to use an eclectic approach and I began with topics we wanted to study, and I created my own yearlong study. It was so much fun. I shopped for books that were topic related. We used these books for many, many years. For example, a Creation Science focus requires books to be purchased as you won’t find these in the library (although you can try for interlibrary loans).

When you use topics that interest your children guess what? They are so excited about school and they want to get started each day. Another thing to consider is to focus on your faith.

We did many Bible studies and one of the things we enjoyed was doing a family Bible study that I created, Homeschooling with Proverbs. This study consisted of audios that were focused on each book of Proverbs and we loved it! I had studied Proverbs quickly in the past but there were so many nuggets of truth that were so applicable to homeschooling! I created study sheets, journal pages and dig deeper sections. Each audio (there are three per lesson) is geared to different age levels. This is a standalone digital product on my MediaAngelsMembership.com website.

You can look at online learning. I am not a fan of putting kids in front of a computer for all their subjects, however when they struggle or if you are not interested in teaching a particular subject this can be valuable. We used a DVD for higher math – our favorite was Chalk Dust. Mr. D. Math one of my previous podcasters on this network has a higher math online program as well.

When it came to history I felt my American History was lacking so I partnered with my brother in law who was History Professor of the Year two times in West Virginia where he taught. His online courses were so wonderful that my daughter is now a history major in college.

These classes focused on teaching the US Constitution and the lives of the American Presidents. We also have an American Government Classes. These were taught in real time but recorded so they can be enjoyed by families throughout the years.

There are classes taught by:

  1. North Star Academy
  2. Bright Ideas Press
  3. Luma Learn (you can even teach a class if you feel qualified!)

Of course, there are many others, but these are the ones I personally know about that are high quality and geared to homeschool students.

Whatever curriculum you select keep your kids, your schedule and your sanity in mind. You will be glad you did! If you have a favorite curriculum share it with me!

 

Create a Homeschool Mom Podcast Playlist

A Production of the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Create a homeschool mom podcast playlistHomeschooling is a rewarding but demanding journey, and every homeschool mom deserves a source of encouragement and inspiration. In the digital age, podcasts have emerged as powerful tools for personal growth and support. Let’s explore how you can effectively use podcasts to uplift and motivate yourself as a homeschool mom.

1. Discovering Relevant Content:

The first step in using podcasts for encouragement is to find content that resonates with your homeschooling journey. Seek out podcasts that discuss topics such as homeschooling tips, time management, dealing with challenges, and nurturing a positive homeschool environment.

Top Vintage Homeschool Moms Podcasts

Homeschool Lifestyle
Last Minute DIY Tips
Money Saving Field Trips
All About Teaching
Raising Spiritually Strong Kids
Six Homeschooling Insider Tips
Best Staycations for Kids
Avoid Curriculum Pitfalls
Top 10 Parenting Secrets
45 Family Date Night Ideas

2. Create a Playlist for Every Mood:

As a homeschool mom, your emotions may fluctuate throughout the day. Create personalized playlists with podcast episodes catering to different moods. Whether you need a boost of energy in the morning or a calming voice in the evening, curate a playlist that suits your emotional needs.

Top Homeschool Sanity Podcasts

Overcoming Feelings Of Inadequacy

How To Be A Patient Homeschool Mom

What To Do When Your Day Is A Dumpster Fire

Rewrite Your Story To Live Happier Ever After

3. Utilize Commute and Chore Time:

Turn routine activities into opportunities for personal growth by listening to podcasts during your daily commute or household chores. These moments provide a valuable chance to absorb new ideas, gain insights, and foster a positive mindset without adding extra time to your schedule.

Redeeming Chore Time

4. Connect with Like-Minded Communities:

Many podcasts build communities around their content, providing a platform for homeschool moms to connect, share experiences, and support each other. Engage with these communities through social media or podcast-specific forums to build a network of like-minded individuals.

Join our Favorite Homeschool Podcasts Facebook Group

5. Set Realistic Goals with Podcasting:

Instead of overwhelming yourself with a multitude of podcasts, set realistic goals. Choose a few favorite shows and commit to listening to them regularly. Consistency will help you establish a routine of self-care and encouragement through podcasting.

Much Loved Shows on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

6. Turn Challenges into Learning Opportunities:

Homeschooling comes with its fair share of challenges. Find podcasts that address common struggles faced by homeschool moms and turn these challenges into learning opportunities. Hearing stories of triumph over adversity can inspire you to navigate your own obstacles with resilience.

Episodes That Inspire

7. Prioritize Personal Development:

In the midst of focusing on your children’s education, don’t forget about your own personal development. Look for podcasts that cover a range of topics beyond homeschooling – self-care, time management, goal-setting, and more. Investing in your personal growth will have a positive ripple effect on your homeschooling journey.

Learn Something New

8. Journaling and Reflection:

After listening to an impactful podcast episode, take a moment to journal your thoughts and reflections. This practice not only reinforces the lessons learned but also provides a space for self-discovery and growth. Share your reflections with fellow homeschool moms or keep them as a personal record of your journey.

Subscribe to our free monthly journal or printable.

9. Encourage Family Listening Sessions:

Introduce podcast listening to your homeschool routine by incorporating family-friendly episodes. This not only provides educational content for your children but also fosters a shared experience. Discussing podcast topics together can strengthen family bonds and open up valuable conversations.

Family Favorites

10. Rotate Your Playlist:

Keep your podcast experience fresh by rotating your playlist regularly. Explore new shows, listen to different perspectives, and embrace the diversity of content available. Staying open to new ideas and approaches will enrich your homeschooling experience and keep you motivated.

Try Something New: Visit the Archives

Podcasts Are the Way to Go

Podcasts have become a great resource for homeschool moms seeking encouragement and support. By intentionally integrating podcasts into your daily life, you can turn moments of solitude or routine tasks into opportunities for personal growth. As you embark on this journey of podcast-driven encouragement, may you find inspiration, wisdom, and a renewed sense of purpose in your role as a homeschool mom.

Build your own playlist for free here.

Happy listening!

Dream Big Journal: A New Year’s Resolution for Closer Connection with God

A Production of the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Do you ever dream big? Do you dream big for God? This dream big journal will reboot your spirtual life and help you plan and organize from a spiritual perspective.

Dream Big Journal | a Christian planner to reboot your spiritual life for 2024.

Happy New Year! As we welcome the possibilities that come with a fresh start, it’s a great time to dream big and set meaningful goals. While many resolutions may cross your mind, consider making spiritual growth a priority in 2024. In this month’s planner, let’s delve into the idea of nurturing a closer connection with God and making it a central theme for the year ahead.

Setting the Foundation with the Dream Big Journal

In the pursuit of spiritual growth, it’s essential to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses. Identify areas of your life that may pose challenges and recognize character traits or habits that could use improvement. Rather than feeling overwhelmed, break down the grandiose idea of spiritual growth into manageable steps. Last year’s Organize-IT Planners on the Media Angels website can offer additional insights for this journey.

Monthly Focus of the Dream Big Journal

Each month, the planner will guide you through different aspects of your life. For January, our focus is on spiritual growth – a foundation for many homeschool parents who understand the significance of prayer and divine guidance on their journey.

Prioritizing Prayer:

Acknowledging the importance of prayer, take time this month to work on enhancing your prayer life. Consistency is key, and while it may demand discipline, the rewards are immeasurable. The planner is designed to facilitate this journey, providing a structured space for you to articulate your goals and reflect on your progress.

Utilizing the Planner:

This planner offers a chance to concentrate on your most crucial goals, particularly in the realm of spiritual growth. Whether used as a prayer journal with dividers for each section or incorporated into a three-ring binder for easy organization, the versatility of this tool allows you to personalize your experience.

Adaptable Pages:

Recognizing that everyone’s journey is unique, feel free to skip pages that may not resonate with you. This planner is a resource for personal growth, and adaptability is encouraged. You can print it out for your personal use, and there are dedicated spaces for prayer requests, praise reports, and more.

Sharing the Experience:

Extend the benefits of this planner to your teens as well, involving them in the process of spiritual growth. The journey towards becoming the best version of ourselves, as God designed, is a delightful beginning, and this planner serves as a helpful companion along the way.

Put God First:

As we embark on this new year, let the focus on spiritual growth be the catalyst for positive change in your life. The Dream Big Journal planner is not just a tool; it’s a guide to help you take control of your prayer life and align yourself with the best version of who you were meant to be. May 2024 be a year of profound spiritual connection, growth, and blessings.

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