Tap Into Your Child’s Learning Potential

Tap Into Your Learning Potential | Did you know you can tap into your learning potential by understanding how the brain works? Felice Gerwitz and Jessica Parnell, CEO of Bridgeway Academy explain how a parent can benefit from this information. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #bridgewayacademy #bridgewayproudTap Into Your Learning Potential – Episode 354

Did you know you can tap into your learning potential by understanding how the brain works? Felice Gerwitz and Jessica Parnell, CEO of Bridgeway Academy explain how a parent can benefit from this information.

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The brain is creating new neuro-pathways throughout your entire life.  Studies show what parts of the brain are engaging as kids learn. Learning disabilities can be repaired through new neuro-pathways and the science behind education. Homeschool parents especially have the ability to tap into your child’s potential!

Working Memory:

The working memory is a term used for the pre-frontal cortex. It is responsible for conscious thought is highly important for education. This is important for learning for self-control.

  • Making decisions
  • Understanding
  • Recalling
  • Deciding
  • Self-control
  • Memory
  • Imagination

By understanding the effects of the brain’s working memory you can tap into your child’s learning potential.

Every single decision taxes our working memory.

  • Know those energy-sapping subjects for students.
  • Mix up how we use our brain, put in other subjects that are not as taxing
  • Small break replenishes the brain. 5-10 minutes…and add movement…
  • Move! That helps your working memory. Moving the spine sending new electrical signals up to their brain and getting it to think again.

Knowing Your Learning Style Helps – Ways to Help Retain Information.

  • Students learn differently
  • Need ways to get information off of working memory so that you can process – getting them off the pre-frontal cortex
  • Write down your information so your working memory is free
  • Developing metaphors, telling stories, engage the emotional side of the brain.

Basal Ganglia – Helps Preserve Working Memory

  • Drives habits
  • Things we turn into habits
  • So much more powerful and it does not take so much energy
  • Flashcards – get into basal ganglia becomes instinctive and routine, you are not taxing your brain so you can do more complex challenging tasks

Tap Into Your Learning Potential – Does the digital age help?

  • We are becoming dependent on that quick answer to things.
  • We are not developing to skills to see if the answer is correct.
  • Lack of focus and scattered attention span.
  • The social aspect has become difficult – skills learned in interaction are different than sending a text.

About our special guest, Jessica Parnell:

Jessica Parnell, CEO Bridgestone Academy | #bridgestoneproud

 

 


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Bridgeway Academy was founded in 1989 in response to the need for more freedom in education as well as the protection that accreditation offers for homeschooling families. Since then, more than 30,000 K–12 students, and many charter and brick-and-mortar schools, have made Bridgeway Academy their trusted education partner.

As part of our commitment to personalized homeschooling, we are proud to offer both secular and Christian options for homeschool families, charter schools, state organizations, co-ops, athletic organizations, arts schools, and others who seek flexible education options for their families.

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Inspiring Kids To Be Honorable

Inspiring Kids To Be Honorable

Is inspiring kids to be honorable possible? Yes, it is but it takes consistency and a “secret” ingredient as you will soon learn! In our rush to raise the perfect child, we are missing the main point of parenthood and that is modeling the behavior we want to encourage our children to have. There is no one method that is going to ensure that your kids stay on the straight and narrow, but here are some things I’ve learned in my years of parenting since my first child was born in 1980. Yeah, do the math, that was quite some time ago!

People who are honorable are those that believe in a cause and have the backbone to stick to their moral code. These are the people who do heroic things, who care about what is important and ignore the rest, and who are an example for us all. People who are honorable can be trusted and counted upon because if they give their word, and their word is believed. Do we want that for our kids? Of course, we do!

Inspiring Kids to Be Honorable | Is inspiring kids to be honorable possible? Yes, it is but it takes consistency and a "secret" ingredient as you will soon learn! | #homeschool #honorablekids #honor

 

Warning! Rocky Road Ahead.

  1. Kids learn what we demonstrate not what we say.
  2. The best parents can raise kids that are ungrateful, loud and unproductive. Ask me how I know.
  3. The things you do go way further that the things you say.

I have five kids and while I love them all – we have to love our kids, right? I’ve have to be honest here and say that sometimes I had to pray to the Lord to help me love my kids. I’m being honest here.

Why do we have difficulty with some of our kids? When we see they are dishonest we look at the problem, not perhaps the reasons behind the why. For example, why do kids lie?

  1. Avoid getting in trouble – they don’t want to handle the punishment.
  2. Lie to self – ourselves can’t handle the truth.
  3. Don’t care – so what – it’s not that bad.

In the Bible, we read in Genesis that all that God made was good. After each creation we read the word, “God saw that it was good…” God created us good but our first parents were tempted by sin and so are we if we are honest and so are our kids. But all is not hopeless!

Inspiring Kids To Be Honorable means setting boundaries.

Some kids just don’t listen in the way you want and when your rules and regulations run out what are you going to do when a child doesn’t follow you leading? My husband and I lead by example but one thing we lacked was follow through! For some of our kids, a threat was all it took, for others they were, in my husband’s words, “gamblers.”

Here is what I can say without a shadow of a doubt and I hope these words find their mark within your heart. We can only lead our children to become honorable kids, we can’t make them.

We must model the behavior and encourage our children to do the same.

In raising our children, we had a big gap between our first two children and out last three. With the first two, video was new, the internet was slow and dial-up and smartphones were not invented yet. With the last three, CD players were in all the rooms, because how else could they listen to Adventures in Odyssey? And, soon iTouch was the latest device with mp3 making its debut. Our computers were never in the bedroom and security was on all devices. I made it my mission to become a techie and stay one step ahead of my kids. (Mike in college class couldn’t get to a website.)

I believe the greatest deterrent to Inspiring Kids To Be Honorable is the fact that our time is so limited and taken up with needless activities. Social media is a time waster in my opinion and all of the new apps just take more and more time away from our kids.

We want to instill kindness, honesty, values such as being respectful of family and friends, praying daily and making Christ the center of your life and our children’s lives. We want our kids to display modesty, be a lady or a gentleman – and of course realize that in our house anyway, chivalry is not dead!

Allowing Our Kids To Fail Is Key:

We also need to allow our kids to fail and that parents is something I have trouble doing … I tend to micromanage and when my kids come to me with a problem I am a problem solver! However, we need to ask them what they think and how they will approach the problem/ issue.

Allowing kids to fail in the safety of their own homes – my husband says we constantly save our kids and don’t allow them the bumps and bruises they need to thrive.

The problems escalate when we don’t correct dishonorable conduct. Our children will learn that they can get away with things and gamble. They will learn dishonorable habits. Kids lie for example because they are selfish and none of us want kids that are brats.

Our society also causes narcissistic activities – with selfies and social media that if focused on us, what we are doing and self-absorbed kids that feel entitled. Social media allows lying to happen more easily and allows for people to act in a way that they would never do in person. Keeping our kids off of social media as much as you can, especially when they are young is key.

In addition, if our kids are not corrected for their behavior and if they don’t have a grasp on self- control they will grow into kids that can’t handle differences. We see this today as well with kids that who act out when they hear things they don’t agree with, the term “snowflake” was attributed to college kids who had a meltdown after the Presidential election of 2016. People react violently when their views are not accepted by others, and lies are at an all-time high when it comes to people spreading false stories. Fake news is even a buzz word.

If you have young children that is wonderful news because it helps to start early! We can teach our children to do right over wrong and it should be done with love. Harsh discipline and punishments usually work in reverse or you will train your kids to be abusive adults. Yes, we must make sure our kids listen but the biggest key is praying. Yes, praying to God for help in your discipline. I can tell you story after story about how this has worked in my own parenting when all else fails.

Teach kids about paying it forward. Doing things for others without reward! For example volunteering. Volunteer at the nature center, plant trees, or set up your own volunteer situations.

Ask your church for families that need help, or visit the elderly at nursing homes. (Only well kids – elderly people get sick easily.)

The pull on our kids is very dangerous and very real. Just the other day a parent shared the need to discuss something morally reprehensible with her child because the issue came up with some friends. The blessing is the ability to discuss and the responsibility of parents to be the one discussing.

Inspiring Kids To Be Honorable:

  1. Lead by Example – our kids need to be grounded in what is right and true. Talking to kids helps but parents need to lead by example. You want your kids to read the Bible – then, you better be reading the Bible. (What you watch, read, etc.)
  2. Keep communication open with your children. Do they trust you to now “flip out” when they come to you with a question or problem? Tell them you are there for them and be there for them.
  3. Be Preemptive – what is being discussed today? Make sure it is age appropriate but be ready to give an answer. Moral divergence of today is alarming, but are you willing to look into gender issues so that you can discuss this your children when you/ they are ready? I had a discussion with my college kids this summer about the LBGT community, rights and learned a few things from them as well. Happily, our opinions are in alignment but I was ready with discussion questions if not.
  4. Know your kids – sometimes I feel that parents think their kids are strangers and they don’t understand them. I remember answering one of my students sarcastically when they said I didn’t understand teenagers, “Oh, yes you are right. I went from fifteen to twenty-three overnight and skipped all the years in-between.” This caused the student to pause and of course, laugh when he realized the humor in his statement and mine. We all went through what our kids are going through and our parents, I am sure wanted us to be honorable! Think back and remember your earlier years! (Some people say that you should tell your kids what you did wrong – sometimes I feel that is a license for kids to model their parents.)
  5. Let go and let God. The Almighty, if you are a believer is ultimately in charge of your life and ideally, this means God’s got this!

 

 

 

 

Best of College Prep Genius: College Selection Checklist

college selection checklistCollege Selection Checklist with Jean Burke and Felice Gerwitz

Jean Burke explains the importance and gives a detailed college selection checklist for students looking for the ideal college. She explains the college search, the type of school to consider, where to look, large vs. small school and criteria to consider. This college selection checlist also contains a list to some amazing website recommendations to help you make your own custom spreadsheet using the criteria you want to select the perfect school for you.

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Show Notes: College Selection Checklist

  1. College Search
    1. Personal Criteria –make a list.
    2. Location
    3. Cost
    4. Size of the school
  2. Type of School
    1. Community College
    2. 4-Year University
    3. Technical / Military School
  3. Where to Look –Nearly 5,000 Colleges in USA
    1. Internet sites
      1. Start at a school
        1. College Board – great resource
        2. Accreditation Search 
        3. College Navigator
        4. Cappex.com – creates a profile
        5. Best College Rankings
      2. Talking to family and friends
      3. Visit College
        1. Safe school
        2. Reach school
        3. Dream school
  1. Large vs Small schools:
    1. Large: more courses, anonymity, greater ranges of activities and organizations, larger libraries, graduate departments.
    2. Small school, more personal atmosphere, meet professors and students, individual participation and interaction, flexible programs
  2. Request Information via mail
  3. School criteria:
    1. Scores
    2. Size – depends on personality
      1. 5000
      2. 10000
      3. 30000 or more
  1. College worksheet and college selection application checklist
    1. High school Prep Genius Book by Jean Burke – 50 things to look for
      1. Downloadable Worksheet
      2. Location
      3. Size – not only physical size, enrollment of students
      4. Cost – not only tuition –
        1. Fees
        2. Room and Board
        3. Transportation
        4. Application Fees
        5. More expensive schools have more money to give out
        6. Tuition Tracker -online
        7. Affiliation –public, private, proprietary school
        8. Urban or rural locations
        9. Religious Affiliation
        10. Diversity – looking for this and will “pay”
          1. protestant look for a Catholic school – schools look for diversity
        11. Facilities on Campus –
          1. Campus security
          2. Recreation –gym on site
          3. Medical or Clinic facilities
        12. Majors and academic requirements
          1. School requirements – have way lower than your score they will
          2. Some broad majors
          3. Specific majors
          4. Undecided
          5. Want a 4-year major and be done or…
          6. Some majors don’t lend themselves into jobs afterward

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5 Apps All Parents Should Know – Best of Homeschooling IRL

Free Homeschooling Podcast about technology and apps.Apps! Mobile phones! iPads! Technology! It all moves so fast and changes seemingly overnight. How do we keep up with what our kids are asking to use or are being exposed to, even if we are trying to keep it all in balance?

Join us on this highly informative episode of Homeschooling in Real Life as we welcome author and speaker Leah Nieman to discuss five apps every parent should know about right now. It’s an up-to-the-minute conversation, but even if you’re listening months or even years from its publication, you’ll be able to glean from the discussion about how to handle all of the emerging technology in our über fast-paced world.


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Indoctrination Through Education

Indoctrination Through Education | Is indoctrination through education true? As homeschoolers we realize the importance of educating our children, but do you realize what is happening all around you? Our children, whether we are aware of it or not are effected by indoctrination through education! | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #bridgewayproud #bridgewayacademyIs indoctrination through education true? As homeschoolers we realize the importance of educating our children, but do you realize what is happening all around you? Our children, whether we are aware of it or not are affected by indoctrination through education!

Indoctrination Through Education – Episode 353

We homeschool for many different reasons. I began homeschooling because my son was having difficulty learning and I happened to be an educator with a certification in specific learning disabilities and early childhood education. However, my reasons for homeschooling my subsequent children all had to do with religious reasons. I wanted to teach my children to think for themselves, be grounded in Scripture and allow them access to books that would stretch them academically and the ability to have time to think. If you have listened to my podcasts this is one thing I talk about often, the ability for children to think!

Thinking is an art as well as reason. Our children need to learn how to discern what they hear and how to make decisions for themselves. Does this mean we abdicate our role as parents? Absolutely not!

Indoctrination through education is happening in the local public schools, private schools, universities and colleges as well as the charter schools or online schools that are government-funded. What is indoctrination? I believe the terminology of the past has changed, indoctrination on the left or the right is often bantered around, but indoctrination is the repetition of philosophy or ideology that if repeated enough is believed as truth. Indoctrination happens when kids don’t think for themselves. Indoctrination happens when there is an absence of thought!

Even Hitler realized this when he was quoted as saying, “Slogans should be persistently repeated until the very last individual has come to grasp the idea.” (He wrote in Mein Kampf.)

We hear it all the time, slogans and sound bites. We believe things that are not true. Need an example? “We only use 10% of our brains,” is an untruth that many people believe.

David Coleman, who graduated from Yale graduate and was a Rhodes Scholar is the architect of Common Core. While this podcast is not addressing Common Core in detail, know that he has set out along with a group of “education reformers” to change the landscape of American Education, which most of us believe is for the worse. In a nutshell, Common Core teaches kids to think about thinking (and causes confusion) while it pushes kids to learn — or the “process of learning” it is all meaningless. The result is kids who don’t care. For example, look at common core math problems that have made their rounds on social media. The false news surrounding this graphic I am using as an example is that it says it will teach the kids crucial problem-solving skills. All it does is confuse kids. Here is a sample graphic. 

Keys To Indoctrination In Education:

  1. Mediocre and confusing education
    • Dummy down curriculum – think Common Core
    • Feelings vs. learning – not a combination of the two
    • Kids don’t care
    • No freedom of thought
  2. Polarization and Tribal Mentality
    • Following the familiar
    • Following the crowd
    • Believing what you hear repeated
    • No facts or reason – only feelings
    • Illusionary truth effect
  3. Revisionist History
    • Falsifying facts with agendas (homophobe and white nationalism cliches)
    • Facts distorted
    • American is portrayed as a ruthless nation while other nations are elevated
    • The world stage is exalted with other nations held up as sterling examples

Absolutes are given a backstage in the classroom, movies, and in social media, it is frowned upon! There are no absolutes only relativism. There is no independent thought only skills without content-driven outcomes. Kids are trained in the process of doing math, not on the math facts themselves. After all, we have smartphones and Google to help with our answers. Right?

Help! How Do We Combat Indoctrination In Education?

  1. Teach Kids To Have Independent Thoughts
    • Present ideas and allow for discussion.
    • Open-ended discussions
    • Allow for thoughts that may conflict with yours
    • Expect factual representation
  2. Questions
    • Ask why
    • Multiple sources of reference
    • Primary sources and documents
  3. Educated Teachers
    • Parents, know your stuff!
    • Clear understanding and though
    • Simplify
    • Defend position

A person who thinks will realize when they are being taught propaganda. (Creationism vs. Evolution.) If kids receive information passively it doesn’t matter what you teach them, they will not be in a position to learn. For example fiction, and the humanities has been removed from most curriculums and the richness of language is all but forgotten. (Truth Seekers Mystery Series – fiction with fact.)

Until we teach our children to question, to think for themselves and to ground their beliefs in truth (God), we will have a fallen generation that is indoctrinated by the things they hear in the media (soundbites over and over again) without caring to learn what really matters.


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Military Mom To Be

Military Moms To Be | About six or so months ago my son told us (my husband and I) that he had signed up for the military - ROTC Army that is in college. To say I was blindsided is putting it mildly. When I asked him why...he had a noble cause. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #militarymomMilitary Mom To Be – Episode 352

An honest portrayal of one mom’s journey to a military mom to be. Most of us can agree that the military is much needed for the safety of any nation and those who serve are serving our country have chosen a noble cause. In this podcast, Felice shares her experiences with her child, the recruiter and perhaps sheds some light on the process which is a journey for military mom or dad to be.

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About six or so months ago my son told us (my husband and I) that he had signed up for the military – ROTC Army that is in college. To say I was blindsided is putting it mildly. When I asked him why he gave us no indication of his interest to join the military previously, he said that it was because he was unsure and until he had prayed and researched, he didn’t want to cause us undue concern.

While that is a good reason, I was still surprised. My husband, on the other hand, was very encouraging and kept telling him to “look into it further,” while I knew that this was more than just research in my son’s mind.

I think the men and women who serve in the military are noble and they all have my respect. But, as a military mom to be I was… frightened. What did this mean? How many years? When do you go? Etc.

And eight years! Four years were active duty and four years could be in the reserves, except for a time of war and then the military had the option of calling you in for active duty. One of my concerns was that an eighteen-year-old could be making plans three years in advance for another eight years of his life. How would you know if you felt the same way in three years?

So, my mind started swirling and the research began in earnest.

I knew about ROTC – we had it in high school, even back in the dark ages when I attended school. I didn’t know the difference between enlisted (someone who goes to a military office and “sign’s up) and College ROTC – graduating with your college degree and entering the military as a 2nd lieutenant. (1st lieutenant is a higher rank).

Military Primer 101 – there are five branches of the military in the USA. They are Army, Navy, Airforce Marines and Coast Guard. All of the branches have a different focus while the goal remains to keep America safe from the enemy. A very noble cause. I have linked to each of the branches of the military where you can learn more about each branch, for my purposes the only one that I was interested in researching was the Army, my son’s choice.

Disclaimer: Please check with your child’s school and recruiter for information specific to your school or situation!

So, the questions began.

  1. Did you sign up for Army ROTC at your school because that was the only branch offered? (Answer: No. I always thought I’d enter the Army if I had to select a branch of the military.)
  2. Why do you want to serve in the Army? (Answer: to serve our country) [How do you argue with a noble cause?]
  3. Did you feel pressured into signing up for the ROTC? (Answer: No.)

My son explained and answered additional questions but the only ones I was interested in was the exit plan. And, those questions were not any that he was interested in and so while he answered the questions I felt that the answers did not satisfy my concerns. So, I asked how he felt about me talking to his recruiter. He was fine with it and so, I got together a list of questions to ask.

When I spoke to the woman at the school recruiting office she was wonderful, kind and understanding. She had served in the Army right out of high school. She said if she had to do it again she would have gone to college first, yet here experiences were very positive. She has a child who is joining the Army as well. As a mom, she had to leave children behind when she was deployed and she shared some of her story with me. She was very open to my questions.

And my questions were different than my son’s basically exit strategy questions.

  1. What happens if my freshman son switched colleges, he is still obligated to join the Army?
  2. Scholarships? They only applied to his major at that school – so transferring would negate that as well.
  3. How many years? Is it really 4 of active duty and 4 in reserves?!
  4. If my son went to Basic Camp (not boot camp for college kids), does that mean he was signed up to go with no ability to say no?
  5. When my son entered – if he decided to go ahead, where would he be placed? Did he have a choice?
  6. What if he was drafted by a professional team? What would that mean?
  7. When was the final time to make a commitment?
  8. If he didn’t want scholarship money did he have to take it?
  9. If he did accept scholarship money and decided not to enter would he have to pay it back?
  10. Want a law or medical degree? That is fine but you will owe more years. (I did not ask about scholarship opportunities here, but I do know depending on your grades they are available.)

I’m a little more at peace with the entire situation now that I have more information. While my son’s idea is to graduate and join the Army, as a military mom to be he has to forgive me if my goals are not the same as his. He is eighteen and my husband and I raised an amazing young man. He loves the Lord, he is personable and kind, smart, competitive, a great athlete, strong-willed and outspoken and rarely does not have an opinion about something. As the youngest he is tough and his siblings give him a hard time every chance they get.

Parents we each have our own goals and ideas about what our kids should do, what they should achieve and how they should live their lives but I’ve never been one of those parents that insist that “my will be done!” Yet, I found myself leaning toward that parent I did not want to be!

I’m sharing my journey with you and I ask that you keep us in prayer, that you share your stories – positive ones are very much appreciated!


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As part of our commitment to personalized homeschooling, we are proud to offer both secular and Christian options for homeschool families, charter schools, state organizations, co-ops, athletic organizations, arts schools, and others who seek flexible education options for their families.

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College Admissions Adversity Score

Adversity Score | What is the adversity score? The adversity score is designed to help the underprivileged with fifteen factors that are considered for the "adversity score" to be considered valid for a student. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #collegetesting #adversityscoreCollege Admissions Adversity Score Episode 79

What is the adversity score? The adversity score is designed to help the underprivileged with fifteen factors that are considered for the “adversity score” to be considered valid for a student. College boards do not measure adversity. Or you can be a poor student who lives in an area that is considered “wealthy”…

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What do you think about the adversity score?

Jean believes it is a horrible idea and that lawsuits will soon follow.

It is a method of “gaining” the system and almost an answer to the college scandal where wealthy families paid to beat the college entrance system. One of the methods for being considered in an adversity score is your zip code – Jean says her home is in a zip code area that would be considered as disadvantaged.  Did the admissions scandal cause the institution of the adversity score?

To determine and adversity score students take the questionnaire and it is done on a voluntary basis so anyone can fill this out and claim adversity. It hopes to be instituted in 2021. David Coleman changed the SAT in 2012 – not wanting to lose the income he made the SAT very similar.

Students will be branded by pseudo-psychological questionnaire. SAT is for college-ready students. Not all adversity can be measured.

For example, these are based on 15 questions based on socio or economic adversity – kids never see the scores – the colleges see them. Dehumanizing message for the students – these points of data do not correctly portray the student’s ability.

Adversity Score Depends On:

  • Where do you live?
  • Do you have one parent or no parents
  • Certain things about their background

College Board – Social Conscience? Here is why:

  • Disadvantage criteria of “X – Y – Z” is subjective
  • The student is not considered wealthy if they live in a specific zip code
  • This eliminates merit
  • Similar to a trophy given for participation
  • Adversity score orchestrated by David Coleman of college board fame and common core architect
  • Socialism is used – the survey is voluntary
  • Allows kids not to take responsibility

You don’t need the adversity score – it is better to learn how to overcome adversity.

  • Earn it by practicing test taking (free online)

Fifty schools are on board because they are considered underprivileged – once you get into college you have to make the grades.

Free or low-cost testing:

  • Free tests online – baseline score CollegeBoard – test #1 collegeprepgenius.com/ofsgsat
  •  Print ou the test and take it yourself
  • Get the app
  • CAPEX.com – create a profile – criteria – SAT score and rankings – some schools you are thinking of going to – it will show you a graph of the schools that will accept your score
  • College entrance approx scores: 1100 — scholarship 1200 and full scholarship 1300

College Prep Genius $139 – work on the test-taking skills. Online videos and homework. Watch it – hear it – read it – write it. Everyday it reinforces what you do the day before

  • Twelve weeks at five days a week and one hour a day.
  • Lesson 1 textbook, work on problems
  • Reinforces previous days learning
  • Crunch time? Do it allot faster in two to three weeks or less.

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Patriotic Kids

Patriotic Kids – 10 Top Tips For Teaching Kids Patriotism

We teach our children many things but what about patriotism? Having patriotic kids takes education. There are many opportunities during the year to teach children about our great country and holidays such as Independence Day (The Fourth of July), Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day, Flag Day, President’s Day (Washington and Lincoln are the two most celebrated), Consitution Day, Election Day, Bill of Rights Day and
Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Patriotic Kids | We teach our children many things but what about patriotism? Having patriotic kids takes education. There are many opportunities during the year to teach children about our great country...| #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #patriotic

Now more than ever it is time to be united. There are many people who are angry about things people say in the name of politics and many of these people (on either side) really don’t care about anything but getting elected, or getting votes. Even so, we should not allow this anger to seep into our conversation especially with our children.

Our country is going through a tough time and we are politically divided. Many people have become discouraged, some even threaten to leave our county! Now more than ever we should unite and remember all the things that America stands for and what our great country has to offer. We should be proud because of our heritage.

We have holidays and remembrances that center around patriotism and these are times when we can celebrate. However, a celebration comes after understanding. Without an understanding of history, people will make the same mistakes again, and again. Without a divided nation it will fall and be ripe for others to come in and sow discontent and wait for a time of weakness.

“We will stand by the right, we will stand by the true,

we will live, we will die for the red, white, and blue.” Anonymous

Feeling united about a common cause is patriotic and our children can enjoy them even better if we focus on some key points. It is important to make sure your children have a good understanding.

Here are my top 10 topics that you should teach your children on patriotism.

  1. Patriotism begins by understanding our nation’s history, how did we gain our independence?
  2. Teach about our government. There are three branches, do they know what each does?
  3. Know about our basic freedoms. Our nation’s accomplishments are found first in the US Constitution. Read it! The Bill of Rights explains our rights as Americans, study these. We have freedom of religion, of speech and to bear arms.
  4. Teach our children what it means to be a good citizen. (Follow the laws, take part in voting during the elections)
  5. Honor our military. Many brave men and women have died to protect our country. Study the wars and the reasons behind them.
  6. Learn patriotic songs such as the Star Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful.
  7. Learn patriotic quotes such as, “We will stand by the right, we will stand by the true, we will live, we will die for the red, white, and blue.” Anonymous  (More patriotic quotes here.)
  8. Teach your children the Pledge of Allegiance. (After our prayers we said this every day before we began our homeschool day.)
  9. Teach your children the proper way to fly the American Flag and what to do when the National Anthem is played (face the flag with your hand over your heart).
  10. Celebrate Patriotic holidays and explain the “why” behind the holiday.

We can also teach our children to be loving and accepting. While we do not have to agree with everyone we can disagree in a kind manner. This is so important. We can not accept those who are bullies or try to quiet our voices with tyranny. We must stand for our beliefs yet do it in a manner that is pleasing to God. Yes, people are different and yet we can stand firm in our beliefs while still praying for others.

America is the land of the free. America is a place of opportunity. America is my home and where the people I love, live. Americans be proud, be patriotic, and teach your children well.

101 Staycation Ideas

Staycation Ideas | Staycations are so much fun and this podcast focus is 101 Staycation Ideas that won’t break the bank! In this episode, I'll share some of the best ideas to enjoy around your own town and state. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #staycationideas101 Staycations Ideas – Episode 351

Staycations are so much fun and this podcast focus is 101 Staycation Ideas that won’t break the bank! In this episode, I’ll share some of the best ideas to enjoy around your own town and state.

Thanks to our sponsor Media Angels, Inc. Learn more at MediaAngels.com

There are many staycation ideas that will save you money. Why a staycation instead of a vacation? Listen here to learn more of the pros and cons of staycations. Staycations are a way to save money as well as have a summer (or fall, winter, and spring) vacation! It is a wonderful way to reconnect and spend time with the people you love, namely your family and friends. Here are a few quick tips for planning your staycation (and be sure to check out the previous podcasts on this topic here and here).

Best Staycation Ideas Tips:

  1. Make a plan. The entire vacation can be spent planning if you don’t plan ahead. At least six weeks if possible before your first trip.
  2. Consider going as a group to get cheaper rates or discounts.
  3. Buy tickets to the theatre at retail outlets that offer discounts for example membership stores offer discounts to the movie theatre and local restaurants.
  4. Look for resident discounts. We have a nearby water park that offers discounts to the residents, and there are often Florida Resident discounts at the theme parks.
  5. Buy ahead – if you know you are going somewhere budget or buy the tickets ahead of time. So, when it is time visit you won’t be out of pocket that money too.
  6. Pack lunch. Food is always so expensive at theme parks or the theatre.
  7. Look for sales.

Here is my list for over 101 Staycation Ideas For Your Family!

Arts & Drama

  1. Children’s Theatre
  2. Puppet Shows
  3. Take art classes – Drawing or Painting class
  4. Paint at home – abstract art – cheap paint and water balloons – throw against a canvas or pin to a canvas and throw darts! Use a drop cloth
  5. Paint tile – go to a tile store and ask for samples or buy broken pieces – paint on these.

Classes

  1. SCUBA lessons or become certified
  2. Learn to sail
  3. Take a gardening class
  4. Swimming lessons
  5. Learn how to landscape
  6. Take a mechanic class
  7. Take a self-defense class
  8. Take a martial arts class
  9. Take a baking/ cooking class
  10. Take sports lessons
  11. Learn how to skydiving

Outdoors

  1. Stargazing
  2. Planetarium
  3. Plan a trip to the museum
  4. Nature tails – go hiking
  5. Plan a trip to the nature center
  6. Study Nature: make own binoculars (t-p rolls) or spyglass – out of paper towel roll, paint or wrap with paper.
  7. Nature hunt – use an egg carton – small nature pictures – kids find each item and bring a sample
  8. Fly remote control planes
  9. Play mini golf Play paintball
  10. Play Airsoft
  11. Go to a Farmers Market or Flea Market
  12. Do an obstacle course
  13. Study Birds – binoculars – bird charts, nature walks, bird feeders
  14. Stage several scavenger hunts
  15. GeoCaching
  16. Camping Trip
  17. Horseback camp
  18. Horseback trail riding
  19. Horseback lessons
  20. Groom horses for pay/ trade lessons
  21. Swim for fun – swim in pond, river or ocean, pool – above ground pool
  22. Rent a jet ski
  23. Go parasailing
  24. Go on a hot air balloon
  25. Go snorkeling
  26. Go boating (rent a boat) kayak or canoe
  27. Plant a garden at home
  28. Go to the Zoo
  29. Go fishing
  30. Build an outdoor fort

Events

  1. Visit a museum
  2. Attend an Airshow
  3. Attend a music production or free park event

Activities

  1. Plant a garden at home
  2. Learn how to landscape
  3. Learn to make fancy paper airplanes
  4. Photography using an inexpensive digital camera or phone camera
  5. Become a History buff – interview a War Vet
  6. Teach yourself to play the recorder, harmonica or keyboard
  7. Camp your Backyard or even family room (campfire cooking, tin foil meals, or stick meals – s’mores)
  8. Europe – Google Earth – study culture – eat foods, dress, etc.
  9. Cook exotic foods – snails, calamari, turtles, rabbit, crab, etc.
  10. Take a cooking class – cook or bake
  11. Taste test foods or drinks – apple juice, different juice boxes, orange juice – blindfold, and rate.
  12. Moviethon – watch an entire series
  13. Buy a streaming service Pureflix
  14. Plan a day trip that is 10 miles, 30 miles or 60 miles from home
  15. Pick own fruit or veggies
  16. NO schedule – try to be unstructured
  17. Don’t limit technology – it is a vacation (unless you see it causing problems)
  18. Trips to the books store
  19. Frequent library trips
  20. Attend talks at the library
  21. Trade books with a friend
  22. Start a book club with regular weekly or monthly meetings
  23. Learn a new sport
  24. Join a summer league
  25. Buy a sports package for home – Badmitton set, basketball goal, etc.
  26. Dinner picnic – watch the sunset
  27. Explore new foods – make homemade ice cream
  28. Night tag – glow sticks – etc.
  29. A yes day – instead of a no day
  30. Try a new hairstyle – short hair, etc.
  31. Try a new wardrobe style
  32. Learn a new skill – carpentry, faux painting, mechanics
  33. Learn good health – healthy eating
  34. Learn about homeopathy
  35. Learn about essential oils
  36. Eat only foods you have never eaten
  37. Learn a new skill like writing, blogging
  38. Learn a new skill like podcasting
  39. Stage your own podcast at home or production
  40. Play games / learn to play chess
  41. Create a summer themed party and invite friends
  42. Go biking
  43. Learn a new language
  44. Learn woodworking
  45. Try to listen to new music – classical
  46. Learn to dance
  47. Create an exercise regime
  48. Train for a 5K
  49. Build an indoor fort
  50. Set up an obstacle course
  51. Buy a pet – train! (or better yet rescue)
  52. Learn about pets – domestic an exotic
  53. Learn to shoot a bow and arrow

 

Deism and Modern Geology

Deism and Geology | Deism and Geology, what this have to do with geology? This is an important area to study if we are to understand the evolution/creation debate. #podcast #creationpodcastDeism and Modern Geology – Episode 19

Deism and Geology, what does this have to do with geology? This is an important area to study if we are to understand the evolution/creation debate.

The word, Deism comes from a Latin word, deus, meaning god. It was used to describe a particular belief about god that was distinguished from the Greek word used in the New Testament of God, – theos – from which we get the word, theology.

The idea of deism took shape during the Enlightenment (1700 1800s) and was a period of intense challenge for the church. Most deists were part of the church of England but struggled with traditional Christian belief. Many deists were Unitarians, who did not accept the Trinity, the deity of Christ, the Scriptures as inspired writings nor miracles. They believed that Jesus was a good moral teacher only.

In 1795 James Hutton introduced the idea that the Earth was much older than the Bible stated,  based on rocks he was studying at Siccar Point, Scotland; to him, long ages was the only way to account for the formation of the rock layers. Hutton developed his own ideas about their formation, calling his new idea, uniformitarianism (uniformity of geologic processes operating the same way and at the same pace throughout all of time). Instead of maintaining the standard that had been established in the Garden several thousand years before, to listen to and trust what God had revealed in the Scriptures, Hutton abandoned it in favor of a totally naturalistic process for explaining the rock layers he saw. So, instead of interpreting the rock layers in light of the historical geology of the Flood, he concluded that the rock layers had been formed over perhaps millions of years, much longer than the Bible’s chronology would allow. This is really the beginning of modern geology.

Deism and Geology:

Uniformitarianism became the bedrock of modern geology, and it involved belief. This meant that geologists would have to jettison the foundational Biblical concepts of a young earth or recent creation and a global flood. Uniformitarianism would serve as the new revelation, and substitute a new religion called Deism. These two faiths, uniformitarianism and Deism were the children of the Enlightenment and the foundation of the new geology we now embrace in our modern culture.

Deism is really a heresy of theism and an intermediate step to the atheism so prevalent in our modern culture. The god of Deism was a god removed from his creation. He did create at some distant time in the past, but then left natural laws to govern his creation. Man no longer needed a god or religious writings to understand Earth history. Man was to use his powers of observation within a naturalistic view of Earth history. This belief would soon be endorsed by the scientific community and taught in science classes as scientific fact.

Deism and Geology, what this have to do with geology? This is an important area to study if we are to understand the evolution/creation debate.Deism has elements of both atheism and theism, but clothes itself in scientific jargon. As a religion, however, Deism has sort of slipped back into the shadows so that it looks like just another religious bygone component of Christianity. But it is here in the form of uniformitarian geology.

Deism is neither an active belief in God nor an active disbelief in God. It allows the conscience to simply deal with God by considering Him irrelevant. And this is what many scientists of that time (1800s) did.

One of the biggest consequences of Deism is what it does with accounts in the Scripture that document God’s direct involvement in His creation. For example, read Psalm 78:43-55, concerning what God did in the land of Egypt when He brought Israel out of Egypt.

When He performed His signs in Egypt and His marvels in the field of Zoan, and turned their rivers to blood, and their streams, they could not drink. He sent among them swarms of flies which devoured them, and frogs which destroyed them. He gave also their crops to the grasshopper and the product of their labor to the locust. He destroyed their vines with hailstones and their sycamore trees with frost. He gave over their cattle also to the hailstones and their herds to bolts of lightning. He sent upon them His burning anger, fury and indignation and trouble, a band of destroying angels. He leveled a path for His anger; He did not spare their soul from death, but gave over their life to the plague, and smote all the firstborn in Egypt, the first issue of their virility in the tents of Ham. But He led forth His own people like sheep and guided them in the wilderness like a flock; He led them safely, so that they did not fear; but the sea engulfed their enemies. So, He brought them to His holy land, to this hill country which His right hand had gained. He also drove out the nations before them and apportioned them for an inheritance by measurement and made the tribes of Israel dwell in their tents.

What is the practical consequence of Deism on Biblical history?

  1. Deism denies this historical account. It treats it as myth.
  2. It denies this account of God’s involvement in history. The account recorded in this passage was an unenlightened scribe’s way of explaining the unexplainable.
  3. It denies the miraculous nature of the events that are recorded in the passage. Since Deism denies the existence of miracles and insists that everything must be explained in terms of naturalistic processes, the whole of God’s nature and even His existence is in question.
  4. It denies the legitimacy of Israel’s appointment to the land apportioned to them by God. As Deism denies the Biblical story of Israel, as secular archaeologists tell us, then Israel has no foundation for their insistence that Israel and Jerusalem belong to them.
  5. As this history, as recorded in this passage, is in doubt, then the whole ascendancy of the Messiah (Jesus) is in doubt. Jesus came out of Israel. If Israel is in question, so is the Messiah. Consequently, the whole Bible is in doubt.

Deism in the guise of uniformitarianism is not a science, but another religion masquerading as scientific geology.

Deism is also a different presentation of history. It is a different story about a different god than the story and the God of the Bible. It is that secular geologists say that the recent history of the Earth (as the Bible teaches) is a myth and cannot be trusted because it cannot be verified by scientific research. And yet, these same geologists ask us to trust their work and their teaching about an alternative Earth history that happened hundreds of millions of years ago, which also cannot be tested or verified by science.

The effects of deism have left their mark on our modern fields of science and history. Modern geology has combined two different subjects, Earth Science and Earth History, to come up with a respectable-looking academic subject. In reality, however, we are learning a religious, atheistic view of Earth history that has earned the respect of the scientific establishment.

Geology

Genesis Rock Solid
and Bedrock Geology (the book)
and Bedrock Geology (the kit)