Technology Hacks

Technology Hacks | As a young mom, I was into saving time, as much time as I possibly could. If you know shortcuts who would not use them? In this interview, I have a technology expert and the podcaster... #podcast #homeschoolpodcastTechnology Hacks with Meryl van der Merwe Episode 321

As a young mom, I was into saving time, as much time as I possibly could. If you know shortcuts who would not use them? In this interview, I have a technology expert and the podcaster of Technology in the Homeschool.
Be sure to check out her podcast for more technology hacks!

Look for Meryl’s website here: FundaFundaAcademy.com

Here are a few of her podcasts on this network!
This podcast gives suggestions on finding good toys that focus on challenging your children.
In this podcast, Meryl shares great games that you can play as a family that are challenging and stimulating. Getting kids to think is so important no matter what the age.
Need some good technology tools? This podcast is a great one for suggestions you can really use.
Very often we spend hours when a simple command will help us overcome the technology hurtle! For example, when you search online you often use keywords. While that is great, once you land on a specific website you may want to search for your set of keywords as well. You can use the Ctrl (or command on a Mac) F on a website as well as within a document. Here are a few of the tips from Meryl.
3 Technology Hacks for Busy Homeschool Moms
1. Ctrl (or Command on a Mac) F – lets you search within a document or website
    Shift Ctrl T – brings back the last tab you closed! Isn’t that wonderful?
2. Anylist – shopping app for iOS – https://www.anylist.com/
    OutofMilk – similar app for both iOS and Android – https://www.outofmilk.com/
3. Scannable app – scanning app for iOS – https://evernote.com/products/scannable
    Adobe Scan – scanning app for iOS and Android – https://acrobat.adobe.com/us/en/mobile/scanner-app.html

Kids Say The Funniest Things

Kids Say The Funniest Things | Parents everywhere can attest to the fact that kids say the funniest things! In fact, if you want everyone to know something, tell your toddler. | #blog #homeschoolblog #UHRNetworkKids Say The Funniest Things

Parents everywhere can attest to the fact that kids say the funniest things! In fact, if you want everyone to know something, tell your toddler. Recently my daughter posted the following questions with the answers shared by her four-year-old daughter.

The questions went like this:

  •  What is one thing I say a lot?
  •  What makes me happy?
  • What makes me sad?
  • How tall am I?
  • What is my hobby?
  • What’s my favorite thing to do?
  • What’s my favorite food?
  • What’s my favorite drink?
  • If I could go anywhere, where would I go?
  • Do you think you could live without me?
  • How do I annoy you?
  • What is my favorite book?
  • What’s my favorite TV show?
  • What’s my favorite music to listen to?
  • What is my job?
  • How old am I?
  • What’s my favorite color?
  • How much do you love me?

She thought her mom was 16, her favorite store is the dollar store, her favorite color is white and what makes her happy and sad is when people clean up or don’t clean up! Ah, through the eyes of a little one life seems so simple.

Soon, I will podcast on VintageHomeschoolMoms about topics that are related to relationships, parenting and sibling rivalry. When I look at questions such as these it gives me ideas of devising questions for my family that also can give you insights into what they are really thinking. It is easier to share what is on your heart by answering a list of questions at times than one at a time.

So, how about it? Ask your kids the questions and post the response below. Be sure to post the questions along with the answers.

Homeschooling with Vision and Purpose

homeschooling with vision and purpose | It is often said that homeschooling is not for the faint-hearted. Homeschooling with Vision and Purpose is the topic of today's podcast with a very special guest and new podcaster at the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network, Lisa Nehring. #podcast #homeschoolpodcastHomeschooling with Vision and Purpose Episode 320

It is often said that homeschooling is not for the faint-hearted. Homeschooling with Vision and Purpose is the topic of today’s podcast with a very special guest and new podcaster at the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network, Lisa Nehring. She will share her vision and you will learn more about the True North Academy as well.

Welcome to Lisa Nehring with True North Academy –

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As homeschoolers often we don’t think about homeschooling with vision and purpose.

In this episode we discuss:

  1. What is the difference between reactive homeschooling vs. proactive vision
  2. How to create a vision and make it plain – Habakkuk 2:2
  3. Envisioning a bright and successful future – we are called to be obedient – and succeed.
  4. Proactive – visions different for everyone.
  5. Consider your child’s talents. Shore up their weakness.
  6. Create a bridge between present and future – could be and possibilities
  7. Look at your child’s spiritual development, physical emotional development.
  8. Digital dark ages, they were more interactive and engage in humane and kind.
  9. How to communicate well with people.
  10. A unique time in life – our kids grow up in a digital age.

Lisa shared how to develop a vision vs mission.  A vision is the big picture dream, about what you want at the end of, for example, homeschooling, life, etc. Use adjectives, verbs, and nouns to create your vision.

The mission consists of the steps that you take to get to your vision. When developing – nouns and adverbs

Goals are small incremental steps to get to your … small, manageable and realistic and timely

Smart goals -Set goals and create a mission for our year – saves us time and money. We can change the specifics we need to get done and a sense of what we need to accomplish.

Blended learning and online learning is the secret weapon of homeschool. True North Academy does this for you!

 

New Year Goals

New Year Goals and Schedules | New Year goals and resolutions are easy to make but not easy to keep. So many times we make our schedules without any wiggle room and the new year is the best time to look at our schedules and realign them with our newly made goals. No goals or resolutions, yet? | #podcasts #homeschoolpodcast #homeschoolNew Year Goals & Check Ups Episode 319

New Year goals and resolutions are easy to make but not easy to keep. So many times we make our schedules without any wiggle room and the new year is the best time to look at our schedules and realign them with our newly made goals. No goals or resolutions, yet? Don’t worry—in today’s episode, I share some suggestions to get your New Year off to a great start!

Planning has never been my strongest gift. Let me rephrase this, planning on paper has never been a strong gift. I do plan, in fact, I have lots of long-term plans but I keep them in my head and as often happens they get lost because I forget! So, one of my resolutions years ago was to make a point of writing things down. Not hard, right?

At the beginning of the school year, I created a long-term schedule and then every January I would take another look to see if something was missing or if I needed to change things around. This helped me tremendously and the kids as well. Sometimes I gave us too much time to complete math but not enough time for science, history or art. We would have alternating schedules. I would block schedule and have 3-month segments where it was heavier on the science and lighter on the history or vice-versa. As the children got older the schedules changed, and we had to complete every subject every day.

Here is the list I used in order to evaluate our progress.

  1. Wellness check. How are we doing? Is anyone struggling?
  2. Look at the long-term plan. Can we accomplish our goals by year end?
  3. How long is it taking the children to complete their work? Can this be changed?
  4. Extracurricular activities: Is there time to add a class or sporting event to the schedule?
  5. Time to think.
  6. Family consensus
  7. Goals for each child.
  8. Recording system.
  9. Projects
  10. Year-end date. Evaluations or Testing.

How does this list line up with yours? Is there anything you would take out or add?

New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve Family Fun Episode 318

New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to make resolutions for the new year and share them with your family. In this episode, we explore ways to make New Year’s Eve memorable.

New Year’s Eve is associated with parties and festivities but with family, the ideas will be more in keeping with what really matters! With New Years Day approaching it is fun to make a New Year’s Resolution and prepare with your children ahead of time.

  • Help children think about New Year’s Resolution. Talk about character qualities but don’t point out flaws.
  • Share what you will resolve
  • For example: pray what you will resolve, acts of service, etc.

Food & Things To Do:

  • Think light foods – finger foods and snacks
  • Game Day — play board games or outdoor games if time permits.
  • Read: read aloud books
  • Walk
  • Call relatives – use visual
  • Bake/ prepare for New Year’s Day meal
  • Movie
  • Light dinner, pizza or a tray of snack foods
  • Countdown to the New Years Day!

 

Christmas Eve Traditions

Christmas Eve traditions have changed through the years, but the coming of Christmas morning keeps us in joyful hopeChristmas Eve Tradition–Episode 317

Christmas Eve traditions have changed through the years, but the coming of Christmas morning keeps us in joyful hope and expectation each day! In this episode Felice shares some of her most treasured family traditions.

When you watch movies they always show Christmas eve traditions which typically center around reading the book or celebrating a memory year after year with your family that is something they look forward to or something they remember with fondness.

In our home, we celebrate two Christmas Eve birthdays. My babies are now adults but we still have a special birthday morning celebration. We have breakfast with the family and open birthday presents. Then everyone goes their own way until evening.

Now that my parents have both passed we add a trip to the cemetery before church. While sad, this puts into perspective the importance of a life led with faith in mind and a relationship with Jesus!

We celebrate Christmas with an evening Church service. Our church has services in the late afternoon – the Children’s procession of the live Nativity begins at 3:30 with service following from 4-5. When my children were little they participated in this service and so we had to go, and I was happy when we decided to go at a later time as the kids aged. We now attend an 8:00 service which is beautiful and gives us time for dinner beforehand.

Since I want to serve a nice dinner but not deal with a big mess I will serve something like Chicken Cordon Bleu or Chicken Enchiladas. Something I can make ahead and warm up with a salad and rice. This year we may grill steaks if the weather permits! Even easier with a baked potato and salad!

Whatever you do for your meal make it special. Light candles, or have fresh flowers (or even some pine branches from your tree!) Homemade decorations are best. After dinner, we clean up and get dressed for Church. If you can take a picture! The kids dislike posing for pictures so I try to take them the Sunday beforehand. In that way, you know for sure that everyone has their clothes for Christmas ready!

After church, we drive a few streets past our home where there are homes lit up for Christmas. During the years the number of decorated homes on this block has dwindled. The largest of homes on five acres had lights on almost every spare space. The families story is how they turned tragedy into a blessing for others. Their daughter had died around Christmas time and she loved Christmas lights – so they turned their home into a wonderland of lights with a prominent Nativity Scene in the front. It had a rotating carousel, animation, and even a high wire teddy bear on an hot air balloon that went from one area of the home to another. It was amazing and they allowed people to park their cars and walk throughout their yard. Often the owners walked around with their son and chatted with those visiting from all over town.

Once we get back from church I allow the children to look at their stockings. Even now that my youngest is 18! The stockings contain some little things such as a mind-puzzle, or some fun gift. There is some candy and this year I have some fluffy socks and pretend fluffy snowballs which I am sure they will throw at each other. This year they will get a handwritten letter from me. I talked about Best Kid Gifts Ever – these gifts that last the test of time. It was in podcast episode 313.

As I said things change depending on the time of the year – when we get home we read from our Advent book and light our fourth candle on our Advent wreath. The next day all the candles, the three purple and one pink will be replaced by a white candle. The white symbolizes the Christ Child.

Christ Focused Living

Christ Focused Living | Join Felice Gerwitz and Kendra Fletcher as they discuss what’s important in life, growing, changing and most important learning from our past mistakes.Christ-Focused Living with Kendra Fletcher Episode 316

Join Felice Gerwitz and Kendra Fletcher as they discuss what’s important in life, growing, changing and most important learning from our past mistakes. Kendra is a long time homeschool mom, past co-podcaster with her husband Fletch on HomeschoolingIRL on this network and author of several books, including Leaving Legalism.

Kendra shares how they:

  1. Lived in a legalistic community
  2. Emerged from this community to find grace and healing
  3. Renewed their faith and left a rigid church community

Kendra shares her Christ focused living and helping others to recognize the chokehold of legalistic communities with a focused on “doing” rather than living for Christ. Her heart is to help others to find their way back to faith that is rooted in the gospel. She shares why a focus on the law without a focus on God’s grace left her feeling oppressed.

Living a Christ focused life is a gift and one that Kendra fully explores in her book. In her book, “Leaving Legalism”

In Leaving Legalism Kendra discusses:

  • Swinging the pendulum from law to grace
  • Why rules make us feel safe
  • How we all end up evangelizing a lifestyle
  • Our identity in Christ
  • How to let go of the past
  • How to learn to rest in what God has done for us
  • How to move forward (including how to apologize to your children)

 

Kendra Fletcher is a mother of 8, speaker, author, and podcaster. She has also written Lost and Found: Losing Religion, Finding Grace (New Growth Press, 2017), and regularly writes for Key Life Ministries. The Fletchers reside in California, where they play in the Pacific Ocean as often as possible.

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One More Child

One More Child | Having one more child gave us joy. | #podcast #homeschool #homeschoolblog One More Child

I was very happy with my two children. I didn’t think I wanted one more child. After all, I had a boy and a girl wasn’t that the “perfect” number of children? And I had one of each. My husband and I made a decision to limit our family and while this decision was not made in haste, it caused me to pause and think.

Life continued on and we discovered homeschooling. I jumped in with two feet and not only that, I began writing homeschool curriculum and later began a company (Media Angels, Inc.) that owns this podcast network. It was a wonderful time in my life and I enjoyed teaching my two children, exploring with field trips, learning to camp and studying all types of different things.

Yet something was missing.

The Lord was reaching out to me and I finally listened. Our lives grew deepening in faith and love of God. Our lives were not complete and when my husband and I finally had the time to talk, pray and seek God and His will for our lives we finally found peace. Little did I know that “one more child” would become three more children.

I didn’t plan to tell my story but again, God’s plan began to unfold and I wrote a short book with snippets of my life. This book, “One More Child,” is available on Amazon in print and as an eBook on Kindle. If you have Kindle Unlimited it is free. I hope to use this book as a ministry tool to encourage you to seek God’s will for your life. I can attest that the joy that comes truly surpasses all understanding!

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Last Minute Christmas Prep

last minute Christmas prep | Let’s get organized with last minute ideas and 4-point planner. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #homeschoolLast Minute Christmas Prep or any Holiday -Episode 315

Let’s get organized with last minute holiday prep! Felice shares her 4-square planner and hints on how to get it all done! Take a breath…you’ve got this!

Whatever holiday you are gearing up for you know there is not enough time in the day to get just the routine chores completed. Holidays sneak up upon us!

Take a deep breath and start with prayer. This time of the year we often feel like we are on overload.

I just watched an episode featuring Dr. Oz who talked about holiday stress as over 88% or something similar. And it is for the reasons of adding holiday prep to our already overloaded schedule. He said some interesting things and I think it is important to list these because stress has a part in our ability to cope. And, when we are trying to finish some last minute shopping whether it is food prep or gift shopping the ideal is to try to minimize stress.

He listed the following things.

  1. Sleep is important.
    1. No drinking 2-3 hours before bed. Drinking alcohol can inhibit good sleep
    2. If you drink, drink water after every alcoholic beverage
  2. Take a deep breath.
    1. Basically, like a timeout.
    2. (Author aside: Oxygen to the brain helps blood flow and helps us think!)
  3. Try not to stress holiday eating.
    1. Eat healthy whenever possible
    2. Eat before you go to a party – use the party for social interaction
    3. Make foods that are healthy
  4. Holiday playlist
    1. Songs that are uplifting
    2. Songs that get you into the Christmas mood

All of these things are a good thing, but in addition, it does help to plan. As always I use my 4-Square planner. This planner helps to put things in perspective. So, the way I divide my planner is faith – kids – school – household. And, closer to the event, in this case, Christmas my planner will look a bit different: Party Theme / What is On Hand — Do Ahead – To Buy – Day of the Event

This overall list helps me so much!

If you want to print out copies go to VHM.com and look for episode 315 – Last Minute Christmas Prep!

First is the Theme – in this case, it is Christmas. What do you have on hand? In my case I have tablecloths, napkins – I use this year-after-year. I have clear plastic plates left over from Thanksgiving that I will use for appetizers and serve dessert. I have all the utensils and serving trays, etc.

4-Square Planner #vintagehomeschoolmoms #homeschool 4-Square Planner #vintagehomeschoolmoms #homeschool

 

Do Ahead:

Cleaning the house.

Make casseroles – green bean casserole, lasagna, mashed potatoes, gravy mix, rolls.

To Buy:  Turkey, ham, potatoes, green beans.

Day of the Event:

Pray and celebrate Christmas!
Breakfast. Make breakfast (other members of the family are in charge of clean up!)

The time we are eating our main meal:

Time to put the turkey in the oven:

Time to take out casseroles before baking.

Time to bake the casseroles.

Once casseroles go in I serve appetizers. (Or one hour before casseroles)

This planning allows me to relax if that is possible just knowing I have a plan makes everything go so much easier. Knowing what you need to do and when helps tremendously and seven days ahead of the event I have a list of each day and what needs to be completed.

Make this year the best ever! I pray you have a Blessed Christmas and that you enjoy the holiday with family and friends. I’ll be posting our Christmas Eve Tradition podcast next week!

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