Why a Morning Basket

Why a Morning Basket: Pam Barnhill joins me on today's podcast to talk about how to manage your life while homeschoolingWhy a Morning Basket

Pam Barnhill joins me on today’s podcast to talk about how to manage your life while homeschooling

Pam, Jamie Martin and Colleen Kessler have all joined forces to create a program called, Homeschooling with Purpose

  1. Cast a vision
  2. Calm the chaos
  3. Create a lifestyle of learning in your home

Which is great, because it gives homeschoolers the tools they need to manage all of their lives, not just the educational piece. Like Pam says, manage the laundry- it’s never a surprise.

Pam is also probably best known for Your Morning Basket. Pam draws a distinction between Unit Studies and Morning Baskets and says Morning Baskets are when they cover everything from memory work to Internet Safety and are distinctly different than a unit study.

Some of the Barnhill’s favorite Morning baskets have focused on the Election, Finance and Folk Songs.

Pam uses a Trello Board to manage their Morning Baskets.

Pam is also a big proponent of Memory work, and learning memory work by songs and hymns.

Resources discussed in this podcast

Foyle’s War

Silverdale Press

Your Morning Basket Podcast with Pam Barnhill

Learn about the important of Music with Music at the Movies

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The Wonder of Foreign Language

Learning a foreign language is a valuable life skill!The Wonder of Foreign Language

Learning a foreign language is a valuable life skill! Today, I’m joined by French teacher, Rachel Margaillon. Rachel met her Italian husband in the Eukraine and the language they had in common was English! They are now homeschooling three polyglots who speak, read and write, French, English and Italian, wth hopes to learn Spanish next!

Rachel loves teaching languages and explains how our brains are made for learning a foreign language!

To learn a foreign language well.

  1. Students need to tell themselves, “I can do it!”
  2. Take time to listen and read the language that you are learning.
  3. Introduce your kids to people who speak the language that they are learning and who speak multiple languages.

Meet Rachel Margaillon -FB live interview

Rachel Margaillon Teacher profile

Learn French with Rachel Margaillon

French A

French I

Learn French with Playdoh – Student Club this fall!

We are thrilled to offer six FOREIGN LANGUAGES:

  • K-12th grade Spanish
  • K-12th grade Chinese
  • 3rd-12th grade Latin
  • 7th -12th grade Hebrew
  • 7th-12th grade German

Blog Posts on Foreign Language Study:

Let’s Talk with Sra Harkey! FB Interview with Emily Harkey

Foreign Language Exploration for 6th Graders and Up!  FB Interview with Dana Hanley

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How to Heal from Bullying

Today we are talking with Candice Duggar, the mastermind behind Bullied, Broken, Redeemed.How to Heal from Bullying

Today we are talking with Candice Duggar, the mastermind behind Bullied, Broken, Redeemed. Teaching our kids how to navigate the online world, keeping themselves emotionally and physically safe is going to be a necessary life skill, as the online world is going to continue to expand and grow; many of our kids may find themselves working in the online space.

Candice share the journey of bullying in their own family and how that changed the course of her family and life- from working with Fortune 100 Companies to Homeschooling Momma and the creator of Bullied, Broken, Redeemed.

“There is no safe. There is only safer.” Candace Duggar

The program builds in Executive Functioning and Soft Skills and Non-Verbal Communication Skills

Of kids who will be bullied, 90% don’t tell their parents and 70% don’t tell anyone.

Most bullying takes place after 10 p.m. at night. Parents, collect your kid’s cell phones at night, turn off the Wi-Fi.

Give kids a “safe” word and develop a family policy about how to help your kids out of unsafe circumstances.

Begin talking to your kids sooner than later about safety on-line and cyberbullying. Kids as young as 2-5 years old are playing online games, which means kids are getting bullied at younger and younger ages.

We are meant to be in community, but we are not meant to be in a community of a millon people! The online world encourages shallowness; as Chrsitians we want our kids to grow in wisdom and discernment. This will take intentionality as parents!

Candice has created a fantastic program that addresses these issues and more and we are going to be offering this class through True North Homeschool Academy: Digital Leadership.

This course should be a must- have on your list for students 7th grade and up.

This program focuses on the 3 S Plan:

  1. Safety First
  2. Structure a Day- Rhythm
  3. Support

In addition, it will allow students to asses if they participate in bullying behaviors. Bullies exhibit the following ARP Behavior:

  1. Aggressive
  2. Repeated Threat
  3. Power Imbalance

To help your student know how to protect themselves from online bullying and to actually learn online leadership behavior, check out True North Homeschool Academy’s Leadership for a Digital Age! Designed to give your kids the tools they need to succeed!

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Tools for Struggling Learners Part 2

Tools for Struggling Learners Part 2

Tools for Struggling Learners Part 2

Tols for Struggling Learners  Part 2 picks up where we left off with author and SPED Advocate, Cindy LaJoy. You might remember Cindy from a previous episode where we talked about the Soft Skills of Work Ethic. Cindy spent the pandemic busy as ever, learning many new videography skills, working on a graduate degree and co-authoring a book. Along with Natalie Vecchio, Blazing New Homeschool Trails: Educating and launching Teens with Developmental Disabilities

Cindy and her husband have adopted 5 kids, now young adults from Eastern Europe and has a fantastic story of hope for other Moms homeschooling non-traditional learners. Her five kids, some of whom were adopted as older children who did not speak English and were illiterate have over 25 diagnosis between them and yet, as young adults, they have gone on to college, entrepreneurship, owning an award winning business and hiring other developmentally challenged adults. Cindy is also the amazing homeschooling Momma behind Blue Collar Homeschooling and the Facebook page and group, Blue Collar Homeschooling.

Cindy has spent the last decade and a half searching out appropriate curriculum, therapies and realistic opportunities for her non-traditional students, as well as helping them develop realistic life skills that have allowed them to not only manage and cope but thrive and become leaders in their own right.

Cindy and her family make their home in Colorado. If you are in the Montrose, Colorado area, stop by their “Best in the Valley” shop, Buckaroos Slices and Scoops, for great pizza, ice-cream and customer service!

More Tools for Struggling Learners Part 2

FAFSD Hope Podcast Natalie Vecchio

Cindy LaJoy offers these services and classes through True North Homeschool Academy:

Special Needs and Transcripts

Meet Cindy LaJoy!

Don’t forget to listen in to Part 1 of Tools for Struggling Learners with Cindy LaJoy!

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… And the Pursuit of Happiness.

Understanding the Founding Documents of America builds the life skills of good citizenship!

… And the Pursuit of Happiness.

How do you celebrate Independence Day? We enjoy great friends, good food, target practice, and of course fireworks! We also make time- after the food and before the fireworks- to enjoy listening to my husband read outload the Declaration of Indepedence!

What is the difference between the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence?

  • The Constitution is the Rule Book of America
  • The Declaration of Independence is what we as American’s believe!

Take a look at our nation’s past history of Independence Day Celebrations and you’ll see that reading the Declaration of Independence was an important part of American history and that having the Declaration memorized – learned by heart– was also an expectation.

The Declaration of Independence reiterates the point and purpose of civil government: that all men, created equal, have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

 

 

This Independence Day

  1. Read the Declaration of Independence out loud to whomever is gathered with you
  2. Go over it a few times first, to get used to the language and rhythm..
  3. Read the names of the signers of the Declaration and pause for a moment to reflect on the fact that they were willing to forfeit their lives, families and future for the idea of founding a new and Godly nation, where all peoples were able to pursue happiness.
  4. Declare yourselves Americans, dedicated to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness!

Additional Resources

Eudaimonia, also spelled eudaemonia, in Aristotelian ethics, the condition of human flourishing or of living well

Little Town on the Prairie, Chapter 8: Fourth of July Celebration

The Origins of the Pursuits of Happiness by Carlie Conklin

The Pursuit of Happiness in the Founding Era by Carlie Conklin

Celebrate Fourth of July! 

High School Classes offered at True North Homeschool Academy

Check out our Podcast series on Natural Law, which goes into deeper detail on the importance of the ideals American was founded on.

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Tools for Struggling Learners – Part 1

Tools for Struggling Learners pt. 1Tools for Struggling Learners – Part 1

Today we are talking with Cindy LaJoy. You might remember Cindy from a previous episode where we talked about the Soft Skills of Work Ethic. Cindy spent the pandemic busy as ever, learning many new videography skills, working on a graduate degree and co-authoring a book. Along with Natalie Vecchio, Blazing New Homeschool Trails: Educating and launching Teens with Developmental Disabilities

Cindy and her husband have adopted 5 kids, now young adults from Eastern Europe and has a fantastic story of hope for other Moms homeschooling non-traditional learners. Her five kids, some of whom were adopted as older children who did not speak English and were illiterate have over 25 diagnosis between them and yet, as young adults, they have gone on to college, entrepreneurship, owning an award winning business and hiring other developmentally challenged adults. Cindy is also the amazing homeschooling Momma behind Blue Collar Homeschooling and the Facebook page and group, Blue Collar Homeschooling.

Cindy has spent the last decade and a half searching out appropriate curriculum, therapies and realistic opportunities for her non-traditional students, as well as helping them develop realistic life skills that have allowed them to not only manage and cope but thrive and become leaders in their own right.

Cindy and her family make their home in Colorado. If you are in the Montrose, Colorado area, stop by their “Best in the Valley” shop, Buckaroos Slices and Scoops, for great pizza, ice-cream and customer service!

In this episode, and the next, we’ll take a look at the what’s available for those who are homeschooling non-traditional learners.

FAFSD Hope Podcast Natalie Vecchio

Cindy LaJoy offers these services and classes through True North Homeschool Academy:

Special Needs and Transcripts

Meet Cindy LaJoy!

Join Cindy and I for Part II of Tools for Struggling Learners – Part 1 next time on Life Skills 101!

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Getting Started with Classical Education

Classical educators have a high view of humanity- humans are created in the image of GodGetting Started with Classical Education

While it might not seem like Classical Education has anything to do with Life Skills, I beg to differ. Great educational pedagogy has everything to do with learning and classical education brings great tools to the table to teach your kids anything and everything! Take a listen!

  • Classical educators have a high view of humanity- humans are created in the image of God
  • Classical Educators are Logocentric – the world makes sense
  • Classical educators take responsibility for the western tradition
  • Classical educators integrate subject matter
  • Classical Books and Art
  • Idea-focused teaching

 

THE SEVEN LIBERAL ARTS -the arts of thinking

Trivium The human ability to use verbal symbols (language)

Quadrivium – the basis of philosophy or theology The human ability to use symbolic language such as numbers, shapes and their relations (math)

  • Arithmetic
  • Geometry
  • Music
  • Astronomy

 

Focus on TOOLS of LEARNING (skills) just as much as WHAT YOU ARE LEARNING (content)

Memoriae mater studiorum  -Memory is the Mother of Learning

True North Homeschool Academy provides classes, ebooks and support for Classical Educators! We love coming alongside YOU to create the homeschooling experience of your dreams with live online classes, clubs, Advising, Testing and more!

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Working Homeschool Mommas

Are you clear about what you are called to? Homeschooling is a job, managing a home and rising kids is a job and paid work is a job.Working Homeschool Mommas

Hey hard working Homeschooling Momma! It can be hard to juggle everything, amiright?! You’re working, managing a home, homeschooling. In this episode, we’ll go over some practical tips and helps that will allow you to manage the many roles and responsibilities that you have so that you can thrive and enjoy this busy season! You know practical life skills are what’s keeping you going in this crazy busy season!  Let’s dive in!

First of all, I want to encourage you that you ARE a Proverbs 31 Women- hard working, critically thinking, resourceful and wise with time, money and provisions. Way to go!

First Things First: Take a searching fearless inventory of all that you are managing: Work, Homeschool, Housework, Budgeting, Self Care, Spouse Care and More!

2. Evaluate how you are doing with managing and maintaining your greatest resource: YOU!

  • Physical
  • Mental
  • Social
  • Spiritual

3. Understand the difference between Roles and Responsibilities

4. Utilize Habit

5. Discover the power of Outsourcing

6. Batching for maximizing your time and energy- remember set up and clean up take a huge amount of time!

7. Consider Child- Care vs Homeschooling

8. Keep 168 Hours in Play

9. Rethink Time

10. Rethink Money

11. Ditch Distractions

12. The 1% Rule

13. The 15 Minute Rule

14. Swim in Your Own Lane

15.  GIVE UP! destructive thoughts and time wasters

16. Get  like-minded support and fellowship! Our True North Homeschool Academy Mom’s Membership site offers three LIVE online meeting options a week- Book Club, Parent Equipping and more!

True North Homeschool Academy offers Testing, Advising- General, SPED and NCAA, K-12th Grade live online, dynamic, interactive classes, clubs and Parent Equipping! Ready to head True North with a dynamic, international community? We’re here for it!

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The Future of Work

Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives. Titus 3:14Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives. Titus 3:14

Career Stages

  • High school
  • Launching as an Adult can include college
  • Early Career
  • Late Career
  • Mid-Career
  • Retirement

What Economies will Play a Role in the Future?

  • Big Tech Economy
  • Precision Economy
  • Exodus Economy
  • Empath Economy
  • Gig Economy

 

Future Workers will need Technical Skills as well as Soft Skills, particularly Creativity, Critical Thinking, Collaboration and Communication Skills. The good news is that a solid high school course of study will lay a solid foundation for these type of skills. Additional, future workers will need the ability to upskill and re-skill, as well as have a zeal for life long learning.

What is the best way to navigate the future? As always, I recommend start with the end in mind and working backwards. What kind of lifestyle does your student want to have, where do they want to live, what work do they believe in and want to invest in doing?

Assess your student, your current resources and your location, as all of these offer various challenges and opportunities. And don’t forget that you are one of your student’s best resources. What are your areas of interests and trained vocation? Your kids have a jump start on whatever it is you share with them, because of what you already know.

Craft a clear plan that includes

True North Homeschool Academy classes that will set your student up for future success

Fall Class True North Homeschool Academy

  • Orienteering
  • Life Skills
  • 101 Personal Finance
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Photography & Digital Tech
  • Video Editing
  • Photoshop
  • E-books
  • Survive Homeschooling High School
  • Young Professionals Series
  • Academic Advising & Testing
  • FB lives and Info Meetings

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Rethinking College

But whether you and/or your student have a clear plan or not, CLEP-ing out of their gen-eds is always the wisest way to go. Rethinking College

Welcome to this episode of Life Skills 101! This week the topic of this podcast is Rethinking College.

With the rising cost of college, it’s important for parents to take time to evaluate with their students, the academic, financial and world view Return on their Investment (ROI) of college costs and debt. The average college graduate (does not include students who do not graduate but still have debt), takes 6 years, not 4 to graduate, with an average of over $35,000 in debt

A college degree is no longer necessary for a rewarding career or to ensure an upwardly mobile life-style. In fact, crippling college debt can make the American Dream an impossibility!

As parents, how do we guide and direct our young adults as they plan for the future?

In this episode, we explore ways that students can get a head start on college, by starting by taking CLEP or  Dual Enrollment courses, specifically targeting Gen Ed Courses.

General Education Requirements:

    • 6 credits of English.
    • 3-6 of Math
    • 3-9 of Science
    • 3-6 of Social Science
    • 3-6 of Diversity
    • You can get an associates, or even a bachelors from the Big Three of the CLEP world. These are
      • Thomas Edison
      • Excelsior
      • Charter Oaks

It makes good sense for young adults to learn how to navigate the digital world. Starting an online business in high school can set them up for future success, setting up an online educational business is even better as the online education market is estimated to be between an over $350 billion dollar market by 2025.

Students should consider what kind of life-style do they want to have as adults and work backwards from there. What kind of training, income and skills will they need to attain that? The future will demand that our young adults have Critical Thinking Skills, Adaptability and Flexibility and the ability to Collaborate.

Below are resources offered by True North to help families navigate the rapidly changing world of college.