Help Your Family Refute Evolution

Most science textbooks that are not specifically labeled as Christian teach evolution as a scientific fact. As Christians, we know this is untrue. It is important to teach our children how to learn how to refute evolution by analyzing scientific and physical evidence that points back to a creation model. One way to do this is by choosing curriculum that supports what you believe and helps you to teach and explain why you believe what you believe!

Help Your Family Refute Evolution with the Creation Science Study Guide

Creation Science: A Study Guide to Creation from Media Angels will help you to teach your family how to refute evolution. This study guide will take your family through the Bible, starting in the book of Genesis to answer the question of how the world was created. It uses scriptures and factual information that is demonstrated by science that shows us the real Divine Designer. This guide teaches from a young earth, creationism view. It points out the errors of Darwin and the theory of evolution while always pointing back to God our creator. It covers many topics such as: The 7 days of Creation, Darwin’s theories, Flood geology, the age of the Earth, The Big Bang Theory, evidence of fossils and more false scientific concepts.

I really enjoy using unit studies in our homeschool, and this is a great way to  dig deep and teach creation science to your children in a fun and engaging way! This unit study should take 6-8 weeks to complete which is a good amount of time to really immerse your children in the subject.

This Creation Science Study Guide was created for a busy mom of many children. This teaching outline is created for multiple ages in grades K-12. The easy to follow lesson plans are broken down by grade levels: K-3, 4-8, and grades 9-12. There are more than 350 activities and experiments that your children can choose from.  All of the lesson plans include a teaching outline for each day of the week. There are suggestions and tips on how to incorporate daily Bible time with scriptures to back up what you are learning. Since this is unit study based, there are even ways to incorporate math, geography and history, language arts and even music into your studies! I really enjoy the blank planning pages that you can use to record notes, field trip ideas or any special videos, or podcasts that you want to listen to that week to go along with what you are learning.

This series has even made Cathy Duffy’s 100 and 102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum!

To enrich your studies even further, you will really enjoy using the Hands-On Science Experiment Activity Pack. This packet saves you a lot of time as it has all the printables you need to create your very own science notebook. You can even copy them for use with multiple children. The printable packet includes: experiment pages, vocabulary pages, notebooking pages, crossword puzzles, hands-on activities, and science games! You can get this as an instant download in the Creation Bundle.

Want a sample of the Creation Science book? – Right here!

These podcasts from Creation Science Podcast will be a great accompaniment to this study and would be good to listen to in the car or during the week while you are going through the book.

Creation Matters – Why creation is important, and why you should teach about it in your homeschool and to your children.

Biblical Creation Terminology – Learn the definition of Biblical creation and learn the different terminology that you will encounter in the Creation Science Curriculum. This would be great to start your lessons off with!

Creation and Evolution Beliefs – In this podcast, Felice shares her research with a creation scientist and discusses the Creation Science Curriculum.

What Happened to the Dinosaurs? – Your children will enjoy this podcast about dinosaurs with evidence that points back to what happened with the flood.

 

 

Avoid Homeschool Curriculum Pitfalls

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Watch Out! Homeschool Curriculum Pitfalls Ahead!

Avoiding homeschool curriculum pitfalls is easy if you look for certain indicators. Have you ever purchased curriculum you never used or really didn’t need? As a brand new homeschooler, I felt that I had to surround myself with books, games, and manipulatives. In this way, I felt I was ensuring that my children received a quality education. In my zeal to do my best I found I was overbuying and overwhelming myself and my children. There was not enough time in the day to do each and every book.

Time! It became our enemy and I soon realized if I didn’t change my homeschool approach I would not homeschool for the duration of the children’s school-aged years. Fast forward and the following tips are the culmination of my 32 years of homeschooling.

Homeschool Curriculum Pitfalls:

  1. Buying a homeschool curriculum you will never use.
  2. Buying curriculum because it “looks” good without knowing if it will work for your family.
  3. Buying before you have an idea of what subjects you will teach.
  4. Buying before you look at what topics/ subjects you “should” (loosely used here) teach each year.
  5. Buying every grade of a curriculum because it is on sale.

Friends, it takes some research to buy a curriculum. One year I really liked a vendor presentation and bought one of each and every grade level of the curriculum because it was at a “conference only” special price. After one year we realized this was not for us. I ended up giving it to a friend.

Look at your children, I mean really look at them. Do you know if you teach something of interest they will be excited to learn? Yes, I understand we have to get through some of the must-dos like math, reading, and writing. But what if your child really wants to study oceans? You can teach so many subjects through science.

Homeschool Curriculum Planning Pitfalls Include:

  1. Disorganization
  2. Planning more than you can accomplish
  3. Thinking you have to do every problem on every page
  4. Lack of expectation (or over expectation)
  5. Not taking time to reevaluate if something isn’t working

Your Children Are Special! 

  1. Really look at your child. Look at their likes, dislikes and how they learn.
  2. Talk to your child. Is there something special they are interested in learning?
  3. How can you teach all of your children especially if they are different ages/ grades?
  4. Can you teach some of the children together in history or science for example?
  5. How will you encourage your child’s God-given gifts?

Another homeschool curriculum pitfall is wasting money and time. Both are a commodity that homeschool parents can not afford. If you have any questions ask! Be sure to join a curriculum publisher’s email group, Facebook page and ask other users and buyers what they think about a particular book or curriculum. Be sure to ask for sample pages and return policy. In other words, if the curriculum does not work for you do not be fearful or returning it!

Most of all be encouraged! On our worst year of homeschooling, we still did grow as a family and the kids learned despite the mistakes I felt I made that year. We reverted to reading biographies, doing hands-on projects and getting through the year with many student lead projects while I looked into what I wanted to teach the next year and the books I thought would be a great fit! We’ve got your back and hope you are encouraged on this blog and the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network! Go forth and teach!

Creation Anatomy: A Study Guide to the Miracles of the Body is great for ALL ages

Having multiple children in different grades, I have found that we really enjoy a curriculum that we can all use together. Science is one of those subjects that can easily be done with all ages if you have the right curriculum and guide to help you with that. If your children are interested in learning about the human body, you are going to enjoy using this study guide from Media Angels.

Look for a sample of the Creation Anatomy Study Guide below!
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Creation Anatomy: A Study Guide to the Miracles of the Body will help your entire family to learn about the wonderful systems in the body and how we are incredibly made. Your children will learn how to refute the errors of evolution by learning how the entire body system defies Darwin’s theory of evolution! The complexity of our bodies and how all the parts work together, point straight to God, the Intelligent Designer. It is so refreshing to teach science from a Creation Science, Christian World View and not worry about evolution!

This Creation Anatomy Study Guide makes teaching multiple ages very easy, and keeps science fun and engaging! The book includes easy to follow lesson plans with a teaching outline for grades K-12. There are outlines and lesson plans that are easy to plan as they are broken down by grades K-3, 4-8, and 9-12. There are over 300 activities and experiments that you can pick and choose from. I love how the Lesson Plans include a teaching outline for each day of the week and how to incorporate Bible time with scriptures, language arts, math history, music and art suggestions. There is also an empty planning page for you to record what you will be doing for that week, which makes it very easy to customize to pick and choose what you would like to do.

This series has even made Cathy Duffy’s 100 and 102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum!

To make the book even more enriching, you are going to love the Hands-On Science Experiment Activity Pack. This packet has printables that you can copy for use with your whole family. There are printable vocabulary pages, experiments, notebooking pages, crossword puzzles and more. These would be great to create your very own Creation Anatomy science notebook. You can get this as an instant download in the Creation Bundle.

If you want to learn more about Teaching Creation Anatomy you will enjoy listening to this episode of the Creation Science Podcast.

Creation Anatomy | Teaching Creation Anatomy iis an amazing way to study God's handiwork. #podcast #homeschool

Here is a sample of the Creation Anatomy Study Guide! Right Here – (right click or command-click to open)

Until March 25th, you can get the Creation Anatomy Study Guide along with 39 other products valued at $500 when you make a donation to help a local homeschool mom fight her battle with cancer! You can grab all these awesome products HERE!

FREE March Homeschool Curriculum Buying Guide

It’s never too early to start planning your homeschool curriculum out for next year. Remember this is only available for a limited time.

No matter how many years you have been homeschooling, curriculum shopping can be downright overwhelming! For this month’s subscriber bonus, Felice has created a homeschool curriculum shopping guide to help you get started on your planning and ease some stress. A lot of homeschool groups are already getting a head start on their planning for Fall. With the end of the school year approaching, it’s a great time to start thinking about what you want to do for next year.

If it seems too early, you can keep this guide for when you are ready to begin shopping. Just make sure you download it before the month is up so you don’t miss out on all of the wonderful tips!

Included in this curriculum buying guide:

  • Curriculum Buying Tips
  • Creating Goals Spreadhseet
  • Curriculum Traps
  • Homeschool Check Up
  • Schedules and Planning
  • 4 Square Planner
  • Comparing Curriculum
  • One Week Unit Studies
  • Two Week Unit Studies
  • Topics to Study for Kids
  • Printables and Scripture Copywork
  • Journaling Pages
  • And More!

You will enjoy the many different forms to help you with your planning as well as the fun activities for your children, like the free unit studies! When I have a big task at hand, I love finding fun things for my children to do to free up time for me to research and pray for my new year. These printables will allow your children to study or research a fun topic while you plan out your new year.

You can receive this curriculum buying guide and a new freebie bonus pack each month by clicking HERE to sign up now!

 

FREE February Love, Family and Peace Printables

This month’s subscriber only freebie is just in time for Valentine’s Day!
Since Valentine’s Day is in February, it seems fitting to have a love theme focus for the entire month. I am not very big into the commercialism of Valentine’s Day, but I do enjoy showering my husband and my children with love. We always like to have a special dinner together and make some cute treats. Valentine’s Day is also a great time to focus on God’s love for us, and to share that with our children, our friends and family. This month’s printable pack has over 50 pages of encouragement and planning with a focus on love and peace in your home!

Included in this printable pack is:

  • Printables for the entire family
  • Ways to say “I love you” without words
  • Schedules and Planning
  • 4 Square Planner with Step-by Step Instructions
  • Faith and Family Encouragement
  • Special Themed Meal Ideas
  • Sibling Rivalry Advice and Helps
  • Peace vs. Confrontations
  • Printables and Scripture Copywork
  • Journal Pages
  • and More!

You can receive this planning pack and a new one each month by clicking HERE to sign up now!

Your Kid’s Love

Recently I saw a post attributed to CS Lewis that read,  “Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.” However, according to the CS Lewis official website, it is not his quote but belongs to John Tanner. This just illustrates that mistakes happen and we make a ton of mistakes as parents.

kids love

However, one of the biggest mistakes is taking your kid’s love for granted. When our children are little they are dependent upon us for so many things. They love us if we feed them, it’s that simple! As they grow older they follow us around, hang on every word, and say, “Mommy, mommy,” 5432 times…a day.

Your Kid’s Love

…is something to be cherished. As a busy homeschool mom, there were times I was very short tempered with my sensitive children. I could see the hurt in their face, but I didn’t have time to work out the problem. We had to get to the park, to church, to (you fill in the blank). There was always some reason more important than my child’s feelings. And, parents that is when we begin to erode the trust and the love our children have for us.

I’m not talking about being overindulgent, and creating children that are whiny, spoiled, and demanding. Kids have meltdowns from time to time but remember you are the parent. My husband would answer our children when they commented, “That’s not fair,” with the answer, “I’m your dad, not your buddy.”

On the flip side, we’ve all experienced the harassing mother or father in a public place who is embarrassing the child and everyone within earshot. I remember wanting to run to the child and give her a hug and tell her that everything will be okay. It is also a lesson to me that there is absolutely nothing that can’t wait to talk about until later.

Wisdom From Dad

My husband tells my children, “This home is where you should feel safe. It is your safe place.” He would further reassure our kids that they could ask us or tell us anything. He’d also remind them that we love and want the best for them. This type of reassurance often came after they were disciplined. Telling our children we love them after they get in trouble is a significant step to reminding them of our love.

Parents love (or should) unconditionally. We don’t love one child more than another. We don’t play favorites. When we have another child our love just expands to include one more. My dad use to joke and ask my children, “Don’t you love grandpa a little more than grandma?” My kids would look from one to the other, while my mom would laughingly tell my father to stop and then jump into the game, “No she loves grandma better.” But, it was a joke. Just fun.

Kids Love | Some families don't talk about love. They think their kids know they love them. #homeschool #homeschoolblog

Talk About Love

Some families don’t talk about love. They think their kids know they love them. They don’t. Kids see things differently. Just ask them. The point here is not only telling them you love them but knowing that they love us back. And that is the crux of the issue.

Does anyone in your family have a hard time saying the words, “I love you.” Those simple words can go a long way to improving relationships especially if they are coupled with a hug or a cookie. My kids loved when I baked. They told me it was saying I love you without words. Once my little son gave me this amazing trophy. He had made it out of his blocks that were all squares and angles and he present it as my “Cooking Trophy.” He was only five.

Our kids need to trust that when we say, or promise something we will follow through. We’ve all be guilty of forgetting or having something really important come up and disappointing the children. One thing that you may consider is waiting until you are certain before you promise. My daughter doesn’t tell her children, typically until the day of an event. My grandchildren tell me, “I never know anything that we are going to do.” However, when they do find out it is a wonderful surprise!

Your children are a gift and the best that life has to offer. There is no sunset, no ocean or mountain view that can take your breath away on a daily basis in the same way as our children. This is a reminder for us all. Your child’s love is precious. And, it is given freely. Cherish them and they will in turn model the same behavior.

12 Months of FREE Printables and Planners to Make Your Life Easier

Have you been enjoying our free gifts that we give to you each month? In addition to the monthly free gift, we are also giving away a FREE printable planner every single month!

When you sign up as an email subscriber you will receive a new planner and printable pack every single month! That is a total of 12 months of planners and printables to make your life as a busy homeschool parent even easier. Each month you will receive an email that explains what is in the planner and printables, with ideas for how to use it for that month.

What’s inside the planners:

You will receive a 4 square planner for that month, with a calendar and free printables that go along with the theme of the month. These are holiday and seasonal themed and will give you ideas that you can do with your family for that month. There are words of encouragement for you as a parent, recipes and homemaking ideas, printables for your children, scripture copywork, holiday activities and so much more!

These are the planners you will receive each month:

January – Planner

February – Fun Ideas & Printables

March – Planner & Printables

April – Planner & Printables

May – Celebrating Mom

June – Making Memories Summer Fun

July – Schedule & Lists – Find Your Passion

August – New Beginnings

September – Reach For the Stars – Child’s Potential

October – Fall Blessings

November – Giving Thanks

December – Ultimate Gift

If you aren’t already a subscriber to our emails you will want to sign up today so you don’t miss these AMAZING freebies for the entire year!

12 months of planners and printables to make your life easier. Sign up HERE to get yours today. Limited time offer.

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.

FREE January Family Time Saving Goals Planner

We have another FREE gift for our subscribers this month, just in time to help you with your New Year’s Goals!

I love the New Year because it is a great way to keep focused on our goals and strive to do better in our lives, with our family and in our homes and homeschools. This month’s theme is on Mind, Body & Spiritual Goals with incremental steps to achieving the highest success possible as busy homeschooling moms. This set has over 50 pages of encouragement, and planning for your faith, family and health!

Included in this printable packet is:

  • Creating Goals Spreadsheet
  • Time Saving Tips
  • Schedules and Planning
  • 4 Square Planner Step-by-Step
  • Grocery Planning Printable
  • Faith, Family and Health
  • Spiritual Growth
  • Bible Memorization
  • Family Relationships
  • Meaningful Family Activities
  • Healthy Substitutes
  • Healthy Meal Planning
  • Printables and Scripture Copywork
  • Journal Pages and much more!

You can download this planning pack by clicking HERE to sign up now!

 

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!

Free on Kindle Unlimited

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