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10 Reasons Abortion is the Most Important Issue in the 2020 Election

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #121, 10 Reasons Abortion is the Most Important Issue in the 2020 Election, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

10 Reasons Abortion is the Most Important Issue in the 2020 Election

In “10 Reasons Abortion is the Most Important Issue in the 2020 Election,” Episode, #121, Meredith Curtis shares why the most important thing about a candidate is not just his or her stance on abortion, but what the candidate will do to put an end to the taking of innocent life in our nation. Meredith explains how abortion derives the unborn of their civil rights, takes innocent lives, damages relationships, avoids responsibility, harms the national conscious, and devalues human life for all citizens.

 

 

 


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Show Notes

There are so many issues in this election, but I am convinced abortion is the single most important issue.

A Candidates Stand on Abortion

I only vote pro-life and here’s why.

How a candidate deals with the abortion issue tells me about his moral integrity and depth of leadership.

Abortion Is

  • Morally wrong
  • The Taking of an Innocent Human Life
  • A Message to All People that they are not inherently valuable

A Nation That Kills the Innocent Will Suffer

A nation that kills the innocent will not go unpunished.

There is bad fruit that follows abortion: infanticide, euthanasia, cancel culture, rioting, looting, murder.

Turns morals upside-down

Who Gives our Civil Rights?

God, not government

Who Protects Rights?

Government is called to protect the rights God has given. Those rights don’t change because the government changes his mind.

  • Free speech
  • Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
  • Right to bear arms
  • Trial by jury

Rights of Unborn Human Beings

Children in the womb have rights before the Lord. How is abortion considered a right when it takes a life?

Abortion Harms Women

We talk so much about empowering women, women who have abortions suffer from incredible emotional pain.

Abortion Damages Relationships

“How could you kill my child?”

“How could you want to kill your child?”

Should we let our child live or die? If you would kills your baby, am I safe with you? If you want me to kill our baby, am I safe with you?

Abortion takes the security out of relationships.

Abortion Avoids Responsibility

One thing that we face in our nation is the socialist/communist agenda that wants to destroy the family. But does it really start with socialism and communism?

The family is God’s idea. From the time of creation, satan has tried to destroy the family.

When we move out of God’s created order (men becoming providers, marrying women, having a family, staying married for life), we create a bunch of people enjoying forbidden fruit without taking any responsibility. You can see the quality of adults our culture of promiscuity is producing.

Abortion Harms the National Conscious

Abortion skews our moral compass. We instinctively know abortion is wrong, but folks deceive themselves into acting like abortion is okay.

There is already talk of legalized pedophilia. When we degrade ourselves, the degradation moves forward like an avalanche.

Abortion Devalues Life for All Citizens

People are valuable because they are made in the image of God. When a person can be killed arbitrarily, it sends a message to all that they have no value.

Candidate’s Moral Integrity

Do you trust a politician that does not do anything in his or her power to protect the innocent?

Candidate’s Leadership

Is your candidate wanting to enjoy political power or lead with moral integrity (do the right thing!)

 

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Why I Wrote My Own Government Course

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #120, Why I Wrote My Own Government Course, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Why I Wrote My Own Government Course

In “Why I Wrote a Government Course,” Episode, #120, Meredith Curtis shares her homeschool journey in search a government course that would impart earnest wisdom into her children’s hearts and lives. She finally decided to design her own course, Government, God’s Blueprint/Man’s Agenda—a little bit textbook, a little bit unit study, and a little bit notebook. Her 1-credit high school government course has a fresh, innovative approach based on the truth revealed in God’s Word that all government derives from Him and that the Lord delegates authority and responsibility to the individual, family, church, and sovereign nations. We are in critical times, where preteens and teens need to learn about God’s heart and plan for ruling in all spheres of life!

Show Notes

Homeschooling since 1991, I have read many government textbooks! While many were excellent, they didn’t have everything I was looking for, so I wrote my own government textbook/unit study/notebook.

What I Want:

I want my children …

  • to understand how government, politics, and elections work in the United States and around the world. I want them to discover what the Bible has to say about authority/responsibility
  • to see how all authority belongs to God and He is the One who delegates it
  • to be interested in politics and current events; to pray powerful prayers that change history!
  • to discuss government and politics with others, at least in our family.
  • to read classics on law and government.
  • to have fun doing it! And remember what they learn.

I also want my teens to learn about state visits, jury trials, the military, and national revival. It would be nice to work on a campaign, to read classic law and government books, and to have some fun hands-on learning experiences.

The Problem:

I couldn’t find what I wanted. I found great government textbooks, but they didn’t talk about the family, the individual, and the church. I found many textbooks that were packed with great information, but were dry and frankly, a little boring.

The Solution:

I will write my own. It will be a little like a unit study, a little like a textbook, and a little like a notebook. So I wrote Government: God’s Blueprint/Man’s Agenda!

Government: God’s Blueprint/Man’s Agenda

How Government: God’s Blueprint/Man’s Agenda is Unique

  • Text is written in conversational style like we were drinking coffee and talking
  • Course is written with a Christian worldview from a Conservative perspective
  • Amazing list of classic/modern living books to choose from each month
  • Hands-on/Fun learning: plan & host a state dinner, role-play, help with a political campaign, visit a jury trial, act out a jury trial, plan a political campaign, design promotional media for a political campaign
  • Current events worksheets and time to pray together about what’s going on in the world
  • 2 leaders/month highlighted to inspire my children to greatness
  • Incredible list of optional videos, including a few cartoons

How Government: God’s Blueprint/Man’s Agenda is Set Up

Class/Family time 3 or 4 times a month to discuss, watch a video, and enjoy hands-on learning

Independent work weekly

  • Week 1: hero, current events, notebooking, start classic book
  • Week 2: Government reading, Self-government (manners) reading, notebooking,
  • Week 3: hero, current events, notebooking, finish classic book & fill in book report sheet
  • Week 4: Government reading, Self-government (manners) reading, notebooking

Family Field Trips: Help with political campaign, jury trial, courthouse, etc.

Who is This Book Written For?

Government: God’s Blueprint/Man’s Agenda is written for teens, preteens, families, homeschool co-ops. It’s set up so that younger siblings can join in for family time each week.

The living book suggestions contain books at different reading levels from middle school to high school. This is a 1-credit high school course, but it’s written clearly enough for a middle school student to enjoy the course and learn everything!

What are Some of the Topics Covered in Government: God’s Blueprint/Man’s Agenda?

  • The Source of Government
  • Self-Government/Manners
  • Jesus Christ
  • Kinds of Government
  • King Alfred
  • Slavery
  • Cicero
  • Law is King
  • State Visits & State Dinners
  • The Story of Liberty
  • Abolitionists
  • William Wilberforce
  • Story of Liberty in the USA
  • William Bradford
  • The USA Constitution
  • The Executive Branch
  • Legislative Branch
  • Justice
  • Judicial Branch
  • USA Constitution II
  • Diplomacy, Ambassadors, Spies
  • George Washington
  • State/Local/County Government
  • Calvin Coolidge
  • Immigration
  • Elections
  • Electoral College
  • Political Campaign
  • Ronald Reagan
  • Resolving Conflict
  • Military
  • Winston Churchill
  • How Do We Pay for Everything?
  • IRS
  • Federal Reserve Bank
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Wise Counsel
  • Robert Bork
  • The Media
  • Oliver Cromwell
  • John Bunyan
  • John Milton
  • Daniel Defoe
  • Leadership
  • Education
  • Noah Webster
  • Horace Mann
  • John Winthrop
  • Judgment and Revival
  • Billy Graham

How Government: God’s Blueprint/Man’s Agenda Solved My Problem

Now, preteens and teens are not just learning about government, politics, and elections; they are being immersed in it.

How Can You Create Your Own Government Course?

List everything you want to include:

  • Books
  • Videos
  • Topics
  • Hands-On Projects
  • News, Current Events
  • Field Trips

Then sort everything out over your semester or school year. Or use my course! 

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Add Humanities to Your Home School

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #118, Add Humanities to Your Home School, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Add Humanities to Your Home School

In “Add Humanities to Your Home School,” episode #119, Meredith Curtis talks about humanities—art, music, literature, economics, government, philosophy, religion, architecture, and theology. Meredith shares how her family adds humanities to their history and geography studies. You can, too! The easiest way is through unit studies. You can also add history labs and geography labs to those classes. Broaden your horizons and have fun at the same time as you enrich your home school and bless your children and teens.

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Humanities and education

What are Humanities?

Art, music, literature, economics, government, philosophy, religion, architecture, and theology

Add Art

Art Appreciation

Creating Art in imitation

Add Music

Music Appreciation: List to audio/ Attend Concert

Play music from time period or country on piano, guitar

Sing Songs

Try dancing (e.g. Old English Country Dancing, Twist, Salsa)

Add Art

Art Appreciation

Creating Art in imitation

Add Economics

Exchange Rate from country to country

Economic philosophy/international trade (compare Phoenicians to Sparta)

Natural Resources (Gold in South Africa & Venezuela)

Companies/Businesses (Nestle, Lego, Paddington Bear, KLM, Aldi)

Add Government

Kind of Government: Dictatorship, Communist, Republic, Pure Democracy, Anarchy)

Excellent Government Leaders (King Alfred, Wilberforce)

Add Philosophy

How philosophers impact later generations (Marx, Freud, Locke, Bacon)

Add Religion

Religions in a Country

Response to the Gospel

Famous church leaders, missionaries, Christian businessmen

Holidays

Add Architecture

Build things

Look at Photos of Famous Architecture

Look for similar styles in your home town

Add Theology

Are there promises fulfilled?

How did God deal with people?

How did God show mercy and grace?

Popular theology at different times: indulgences, purgatory

Theologians like Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Gregory the Great & what they Believed

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Can Christianity & Marxism Co-exist?

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #118, Can Christianity & Marxism Co-Exist?, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Can Christianity & Marxism Co-Exist?

In “Can Marxism & Christianity Co-Exist?” episode #118, Meredith Curtis takes a look at Marxism. She explains why it appeals to our sense of kindness and justice, as well as how it actually plays out at a national level.  She also reveals the dark side of socialism and how it is necessary to push God out of the picture. In the end, we must decide if we want to exchange faith & freedom for big government’s personalized care. Is it worth it?

 

 

 


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Show Notes

The 2020 election and the popularity of Marxism with young people.

What is Socialism

From each according to his ability to each according to his need.

The idea is that everyone owns a small part of the business so that they get their share of the profits. Does that happen? E.G. Venezuela where American oil companies were naturalized and Publix. Difference between 2.

A disadvantage to socialism is laziness and apathy.

“It is only when we have renounced our preoccupation with “I,” “me,” “mine,” that we can truly possess the world in which we live. Everything, provided that we regard nothing as property. And not only is everything ours; it is also everybody else’s” (ALDOUS HUXLEY, The Perennial Philosophy)

Group Think

For socialism to work, there has to be “group think” or complete agreement with one another.

Here are some things everyone in a socialist society need to agree on:

  • People are Basically Good Except the Rich
  • Theory of Victimization which Stirs Up Unrest (Everyone is either a victim or victiminzing)
  • The Group is More Important than the Individual
  • Wealth is Not Created, It Just Exists
  • Hard Work is not Connected to Wealth
  • Private Ownership should be replaced with Collective Ownership
  • Goal of Business to Provide Jobs Rather than Make a Profit
  • The Government Grants Rights rather than Protects God-Given Rights
  • Government is the Provider Not God, providing Cradle to Grave Care
  • God Does Not Exist or Intervene in the Affairs of Men
  • Evolution

Conflict with Christianity

People are Basically Good Except the Rich

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27).

“Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me” (Psalm 51:5).

These laws reveal our sin nature related to socialism

  • “You shall not steal” (Exodus 20:15; Deuteronomy 5:19).
  • “You shall not covet” (Exodus 20:17; Deuteronomy 5:21).

Theory of Victimization which Stirs Up Unrest

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27).

“He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both alike an abomination to the Lord” (Proverbs 17:15).

“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1)

“Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited” (Romans 12:16).

“Also in Judah the hand of God was on the people to give them unity of mind to carry out what the king and his officials had ordered, following the word of the LORD” II Chronicles 30:12

“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function” (Romans 12:4)

“I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them” (Romans 16:17).

The Group is More Important than the Individual

“But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor” (Galatians 6:4).

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).

Wealth is Not Created, It Just Exists

“But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day” (Deuteronomy 8:18).

Hard Work is not Connected to Wealth

“For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat” (II Thessalonians 3:11-12)

“Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need” (Ephesians 4:28).

“Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard without eating any of its fruit? Or who tends a flock without getting some of the milk?” (I Corinthians 9:7).

“Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread” (Proverbs 20:13).

Private Ownership should be replaced with Collective Ownership

“They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands” (Isaiah 65:21-22).

“Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard without eating any of its fruit? Or who tends a flock without getting some of the milk?” (I Corinthians 9:7).

Goal of Business to Provide Jobs Rather than Make a Profit

“Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who guards his master will be honored” (Proverbs 27:18).

“Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys” (Proverbs 18:9).

I said to them, “If it is good in your sight, give me my wages; but if not, never mind!” So they weighed out thirty shekels of silver as my wages. -Zechariah 11:12

Equal Pay

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. …” (Matthew 20:1-34

“To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away” (Matthew 25:15).

“The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing” Proverbs 20:4

The Government Grants Rights rather than Protects God-Given Rights

The Lord allows us to choose Him, to choose to do or not to do what is right. Only God judges our thoughts and choices. The government can judge and punish our behavior if it harms other people or their property.

“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live” (Deut. 30:19)

Government is the Provider Not God, providing Cradle to Grave Care

“Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:2-4).

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. – 2 Corinthians 9:7 ESV

God Does Not Exist or Intervene in the Affairs of Men

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27).

The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all. -Psalm 103:19

“The wicked earns deceptive wages, but one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward. Whoever is steadfast in righteousness will live, but he who pursues evil will die. Those of crooked heart are an abomination to the Lord, but those of blameless ways are his delight. Be assured, an evil person will not go unpunished, but the offspring of the righteous will be delivered” (Proverbs 11:18-21).

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. – Luke: 4:18-19

The Problem with Capitalism and Socialism

We live in a fallen world.

Capitalism needs a moral framework to keep greed under control

e.g. Colonial New England

Role of Government in Capitalism

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries. (WINSTON CHURCHILL, speech in the House of Commons, “Demobilisation”, October 22, 1945)

Socialism NEVER works long-term!

Government is made of flawed people who live in a flawed world.

Socialists cry “Power to the people”, and raise the clenched fist as they say it. We all know what they really mean–power over people, power to the State. (MARGARET THATCHER, speech to Conservative Central Council, March 15, 1986)

Socialism creates dependence rather than freedom.

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Economics Explained So You Can Understand It

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #117, Economics Explained So You Can Understand It, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Economics Explained So You Can Understand It

In “Economics Explained So You Can Understand It” episode #117, Meredith Curtis explains what economics is in very simple terms so even the most economic-phobic teen or adult can understand. GDP/GNP, Macroeconomics, and microeconomics will make sense to you now. Get rid of intimidation! You can understand economics! Meredith believes that understanding economics is a blessing, especially when we understand biblical principles and apply them to our lives.

 

 

 


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Show Notes

So many people I meet feel intimidated by economics. Why is that?

What Economics Is

Economics is the study of the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services according to Webster’s dictionary.

Goods.

Services.

The dollar bill in your purse.

Economics

  • What people make and do and how those things are sold
  • Studying how, why, and where money goes
  • Who ends up with what and how it gets there

Macroeconomics

The big picture

Economic Systems

  • Command (Government controlled like socialism, communism, fascism)
  • Free Market (People controlled, capitalism)
  • Mixed

What is happening in the world that makes people buy more stuff?

Flow & Distribution of Wealth

Supply & Demand (Big Picture)

Microeconomics

Consumer Behavior

Business Behavior

Production Cost/Customer Willing to Pay/Sweet Spot

GNP/GDP

Economics looks at how people get what they want, who gives it to them, how they get it, and how much they get.

GNP (Gross National Product) or the GDP (Gross Domestic Product)

Total amount of all the good and services that are sold.

Economic Cycle

The economy goes in cycles of growing and recessing. This cycle, if not tampered with, is natural and normal. People go through seasons of spending and saving. A healthy economy has seasons of expanding and decreasing flowing gently from one to another. We will talk more about this cycle next time.

Teaching Economics In High School

Say good-bye to dry boring textbooks!

  • Biblical economic principles for real life!
  • Read Living books and conversational textbook to learn economics
  • Apartment Project and other hands-on experiences
  • Purchase Stock
  • Budget
  • Plan for College
  • Choose a Career
  • Make a Business Plan
  • Start a Business

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Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #116, 6 Ways for Your Homeschool Co-op to Be Special Needs-Friendly, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

6 Ways for Your Homeschool Co-op to Be Special Needs Friendly

In “6 Ways for Your Homeschool Co-op to Be Special Needs Friendly” episode #116, Meredith Curtis gives practical ways to cultivate a culture that welcomes families with special needs. Parents, children, and teachers can all work together to be welcoming and supportive. Since our homeschool co-ops are filled with special needs children, often that we are unaware of, this is an important topic as homeschooling continues to grow exponentially.

 

 

 


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Show Notes

As we are coming out of the Covid-19 Lockdown, we have become more health conscious. How can we stay healthy? Boost our immune system? Avoid getting sick? Well, the answers are very simple and old-fashioned. You might think your listening to your Grandma when I share these things. However, they work and I will explain why.

Sleep

Sometimes special needs are obvious—a young boy in a wheelchair or a severely autistic little girl. Other times, we don’t realize that Johnny is diabetic or Suzi has dyslexia. Because we often gather only a few times a month, we often don’t know all the details of special needs.

I’m not saying that families can’t keep special needs private, but I want to lay out some ways that homeschooling co-ops can be special needs-friendly and cultivate an environment where ALL students, parents, and teachers thrive.

What is a Homeschool Co-op?

For those who are new to homeschooling, a homeschool co-op is a group of homeschooling families that come together to share their expertise in teaching courses and are blessed by other families who do the same.

Examples.

Cultivate a Culture of Truth and Kindness

Truth: All people are value because they are made in the image of God. God has a special purpose for each person, regardless of their challenges. (Psalm 139, Eph. 2:10)

Kindness is a heart issue.

Good manners is on the outside.

Model. Teach. Inspire. Praise. Devotional Times. Address bad behavior.

Address Special Needs at Information Meeting

Mention special needs at that first information meeting at the start of every homeschool co-op year. Share that you value all families, including special needs families. Share any ways you are set up to meet the needs of special needs families. Make those families feel welcome.

Ask Teachers About Alternatives for Special Needs Students in Their Classes

When they fill out forms to teach.

E.G. Laura give oral tests in biology. Pastor Mike extending deadlines. Allowing audio books.

Homeschooling Special Needs Online Conference

I’m speaking at the first-ever Homeschooling Special Needs Online Conference, to be held July 21! One of the keynote speakers is Temple Grandin, a world-famous autism advocate! So excited to encourage and inspire parents homeschooling their special needs children/teens! Just $22!

Meredith’s talks.

Participants will receive LIFETIME access to all the sessions and keynotes, plus coupons, printables, and freebies in the digital swag bag, and access to a private media group.

Homeschooling Special Needs Conference - July 21, 2020

https://homeschooling1child.teachable.com/courses/homeschooling-special-needs-online-conference-1?affcode=603376_gvhqhfd-

Have a Special Needs Section in the Registration Packet

Gives families the opportunity to share those special needs.

Approach Families with Special Needs

Leaders can approach special needs families and get the conversation going.

What are your needs?

What do we do if Micah has a seizure in class?

Make Sure the Physical Environment is Special Needs-Friendly

Can Johnny Move around in his wheelchair?

Is there a place Susie can test her blood sugar privately if she feels unwell?

Is there room for Lynda’s service dog?

The Big Picture

Our culture is getting more and more evil and one thing that terrifies me is the idea that some lives are more valuable than others. It is so important as Christians that we stand firm for LIFE! All life is precious to God: from the womb to old age. Those with special needs, especially severe, are a gift to us to remind us that all life is precious in God’s sight—and, ours, too.

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Meredith Curtis Speaking at the Homeschooling Special Needs Online Conference - July 21, 2020

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Have you been looking for a conference geared to parenting special needs children and teens, not even hoping for the near-impossibility of finding one focused on homeschooling special needs kids? You can stop looking! Join over 20 speakers for the first ever Homeschooling Special Needs Online Conference as they presents over 30 sessions on autism, ADHD, apraxia, and more! Best of all,

Featuring keynotes from renowned autism advocate Temple Grandin, homeschooling encourager Durenda Wilson, and sessions from powerhouse special needs homeschooling educators Peggy Ployhar, Judi Munday, Heather Laurie, and more, this conference will encourage and inspire homeschooling parents of special needs children and teens.

The Homeschooling Special Needs Conference will launch on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. Participants will receive LIFETIME access to all the sessions and keynotes, plus coupons, printables, and freebies in the digital swag bag, and access to a private media group. For more info, or to register, visit

Registration is only $22.

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Resources for Cultivating Truth & Kindness

Friends to the End Lovely to Behold God's Girls Brand New Life Bible Study God's Girls Beauty Secrets
Real Men 103: Leadership Making of Real Men Real Men Build Bible Study Workbook A Wise Woman Builds by Meredith Curtis
God's Girls 101: Grow in Christ Real Men 101: Godly Manhood God's Girls 104: Motherhood by Meredith Curtis God's Girls 105: Homemaking by Meredith Curtis

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10 Ways to Be Healthy & Stay Healthy

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #115, 10 Ways to Be Healthy & Stay Healthy, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

10 Ways to Be Healthy & Stay Healthy

In “10 Ways to Be Healthy & Stay Healthy” episode #115, Meredith Curtis shares easy ways to maintain good health and avoid getting sick. These tips are simple and time tested. Meredith explains how sleep, nutrition, exercise, fresh air, sunshine, hygiene habits, handwashing, and staying dry work to keep you healthy. She also gives tips to help you make changes in your lifestyle and shows you how to talk to your family so that everyone can be on the same page.

 

 

 


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Show Notes

As we are coming out of the Covid-19 Lockdown, we have become more health conscious. How can we stay healthy? Boost our immune system? Avoid getting sick? Well, the answers are very simple and old-fashioned. You might think your listening to your Grandma when I share these things. However, they work and I will explain why.

Sleep

Get plenty of sleep. Add an extra hour or two if you can. You see, when your body is fighting germs–and that’s why our immune system is here for–it works super hard and needs more sleep. Our body is fighting germs all the time and most of the time our immune system wins! If others are sick around you, inside there is a battle going on to stay healthy. Help the war against flu germs by getting plenty of rest.

Nutrition & Water

Protein, carbohydrates, and fats

Minerals and vitamins

Water

Fruits & Vegetables

Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Full of antioxidants and nutrients, these super foods nourish our immune system and give them the stamina and tools to fight germs so we don’t get sick.

Stay Dry

Wear snugly water-resistant coats in the winter, especially if it’s raining or snowing. You see germs thrive in warm moist places. You might get wet outside and come into a warm house where now the moisture is warm–perfect for germs to reproduce. If you get wet, change clothes or better yet, shower and change clothes.

In the summer, take showers as needed to wash away sweat that often contains dirt and germs.

Workout

Exercise regularly. Exercise speeds up our blood flow to help carry germs away and out of the body for good!

  • Stretching
  • Cardio
  • Resistance
  • Balance

Fresh Air & Sunshine

Get out in the fresh air and sunshine. Staying inside means recirculated air which is filled with germs that recirculate with the air. If you can’t get outside, open a window for a few minutes. Sunshine acts like bleach, disinfecting the surfaces it touches–a great way to say goodbye to germs!

Vitamin D

Recirculated Air vs. Fresh Air

Clean Your House & Clothes

Target the most “germy” surfaces in your house and keep them clean. Sinks, counters, toilets, and door handles are covered with germs. Clean these surfaces regularly. I also wipe them down with bleach wipes twice a day if the flu is going around.

Wash your clothes and wear clean clothes. Change your sheets regularly.

Happy Habits

Make it a family rule to cover your mouth when you sneeze and cough. Use a tissue or your hand. If you use your hand, though, wash it afterward. Get thick, sturdy soft tissues to keep on hand so that people will use them.

And the hands-down most important way you can avoid the flu is…tada!

Handwashing

Wash your hands! The number one way to avoid germs is to wash your hands with soap (NOT antibacterial soap). Wash thoroughly–singing the Happy Birthday song all the way through is the right amount of time you should be scrubbing. If you wash quickly, you are just giving the germs a little bath. Scrubbing is what kills them.

The biggest way that people get sick is by touching a germy surface or having a germ land on their hands. When they touch their face, the germ invades the body through the nose or mouth. Clean hands protect you from 90% of germs.

Handwashing can keep you from getting germs and spreading them around.

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American Literature & Research British Literature & Writing High School Class Communications 101:Essays and Speeches High School Class Foundations of Western Literature by Meredith Curtis
Real Men 103: Leadership Who Dun It? Murder Mystery Literature and Writing High School Class HIS Story of the 20th Century by Meredith Curtis HIS Story of the 20th Century: High School Workbook by Meredith Curtis
God's Girls 101: Grow in Christ God's Girls 103: Courship, Marriage, and the Christian Family High School Class God's Girls 104: Motherhood by Meredith Curtis God's Girls 105: Homemaking by Meredith Curtis

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Easy DIY 5-Year Homeschool High School Flexible Plan

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #114, Easy DIY 5-Year Homeschool High School Flexible Plan, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Easy DIY 5-Year Homeschool High School Flexible Plan

In “Easy DIY 5-Year Homeschool High School Flexible Plan” episode #114, Meredith Curtis shares easy ways to plan ahead and take advantage of educational opportunities for your teens to get every high school credit possible and make sure the core classes are completed by graduation. Meredith explains that education is a gift and helps you define what gift you want to give your teen, when you should start planning, and how to make and keep the plan flexible. Breathe easier through the high school years with a plan that is purposeful, proactive, and easy to tweak.

 

 


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Show Notes

You can homeschool high school! Really! You can do it!

I decided to make a 5-year plan instead of a 4-year plan for high school from 8th-12th grade.

  • some courses you can use on their transcripts from 8th grade so I thought it would be good to include that in our plan
  • gives us more time and flexibility to get everything done we want to accomplish

What Do You Want to Give Your Children?

Education is a gift.

Gift of a Christ-centered, well-rounded education that will bear good fruit in their lives for years to come.

Think of things you want to teach your teen in high school that will bless them in years to come.

Make a list of your dreams for your son or daughter.

What gift of education do you want to give them?

My list for each child includes things that are the same and things that are unique for each child.

  • Read Communist Manifesto in high school so that they can understand the socialist agenda in American universities and colleges
  • Study worldviews so that they can recognize the different worldviews that are predominate in our culture
  • Memorize God’s Word, applying it to all of lifeRead classic books that have changed the world
  • Use Bible study tools
  • Make and live on a budget
  • Understand physics, chemistry, and oceanography
  • Grow in their gifting of:   (fill in the blank)

Don’t just shove a bunch of classes at them. Choose courses that will benefit them for life and lay a solid educational foundation if they will be going on to college.

What Does Your Teen Want to Learn?

Now it’s your teen’s turn.

What do they want to learn in high school?

Some of them may have a career goal in mind.

Others may have a dream of playing sports at a particular college.

When Should You Start Planning?

Summer before 7th or 8th grade

Build confidence by:

Reading a few books on homeschooling the high school student

Talk to other moms who have (or are!) successfully homeschooling teenagers. Other homeschooling moms can lead you by the hand and help you through the questions and decisions.

Make It Flexible

I sit down and make a five-year flexible plan for each child. This way you can take advantage of opportunities as they arise.

Realize that your plan will change over the years, but it is good to have a rough idea of what you want to accomplish.

What is Your Goal?

I keep a folder for each child’s homeschool plan on my computer with a high school plan file. Each year, I adapt the plan as opportunities arise for them to take various classes.

Pretend that the following is your high school plan for you high school child.  

Eighth Grade: Old Testament Survey/World History I/Algebra I/Western Literature (3.5)

Ninth Grade: Church History/World History II/Geometry/Biology/Oral & Written Communication/British Literature/Spanish I/P.E./Drama (0.25) + Piano (0.25) = 0.5 Fine Arts Credit/Growing in Christ (0.5) + Courtship & Dating (0.5) = 1.0 Character   (8.5 credits)

Tenth Grade: New Testament Survey/USA History/Algebra II/Chemistry/Essays & Research/American Literature/Spanish II/P.E./Sewing (0.5 Homemaking)/Godly Womanhood (0.5 Character)    (8 credits)

Eleventh Grade: Worldview & Apologetics/Government & Current Events & Politics/Pre-Calculus/Shakespeare/Fiction Writing/Drawing & Watercolor (0.5) + Drum Lessons (0.5) = 1.0 Fine Arts Credit/The Christian Family (0.5) + Starts own Business (you make it a course) (0.5) = 1.0 Life Skills    (6 credits)

Twelfth Grade: The Great Commission/Economics & Business & Personal Finances/Calculus/Great Books/College Prep Writing/Runs own business as course 1.0 Life Skills/Leading worship as a course 1.0 Fine Arts   (6 credits)

Total credits (32 credits)

Juggle Things Around Every Year

When Opportunities arise, I take advantage of them–make changes in my high school plan so I can make sure that my teen takes the important/required courses.

So, pretend there is an opportunity to take chemistry with a pharmacist, I will switch chemistry and physics around. Or maybe the pastor is teaching a worldview course in my teen’s freshman year. I sign her up, but change my plan, moving worldview to ninth grade and church history to eleventh grade.

Some classes, of course, need to be take consecutively (like Math!), but most classes do not!

It helps to have the basic plan, because I realize that all the classes have to fit in somewhere.

Another Idea:

  • Do an intensive class in a month during a break from normal school
  • Do semester classes like colleges do

With math and literature, I don’t recommend shortening the time frame because your child can only do so many hours of math a day before he is burned out! But, this can be a great way to get something “out of the way” quickly.

Your flexible 5-Year Plan is a servant, not a master. In my life it has been a great blessing and helped to guide us through the high school years. I hope it will be a blessing to you!

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7 Ways to Save Big on Homeschool Curriculum

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In “7 Ways to Save Big on Homeschool Curriculum” episode #113, Meredith Curtis shares practical ways to plan ahead and take advantage of opportunities so you can save money on homeschool curriculum. We all want to save money! Yet, we want to give the best to our children. You can do both! Learn how today!

 

 


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Show Notes

We all want to save money! Yet, we want to give the best to our children.

You can do both! Learn how today!

Plan Ahead

The further you plan ahead, the more opportunity you will have to take advantage of money-saving opportunities.

I like to think 1-3 years ahead with curriculum. It doesn’t mean I’m locked in to it, but it does help to keep my eye out for something that is coming ahead.

Explore Curriculum You Like

I keep a notebook of curriculum, homeschool resources, and living books that I’m interested in purchasing. Then I try to see them in person at other homeschooling family’s homes or at homeschool conventions. I like to see and touch.

Is it attractive to me? To my children?

Does it look easy to use?

Is it from a Christian worldview?

Is it full of content that will expand my children’s knowledge, understanding, and wisdom.

E-book or Print Version

As a publisher, I publish most of my books, curricula, and Bible studies in print and E-book format. It’s just smart because each family is unique in what they need and want.

However, some things (like lapbooks) I only sell as E-books.

Families don’t need to print the directions to put the lapbook together; they can just read it on their electronic device, but each family member will need to print the booklet pages so it’s just easier to have an E-book to print from. It’s not always easy to make copies from a print book.

Use Freebies to Explore Curriculum or a Publisher

Speaking of E-books, when it’s time to explore curriculum, I keep my eyes out for publishers who give away freebies. You can get a feel for a publisher from their freebies and samples.

Many writers and publishers offer free newsletters that have monthly freebies.

My company, Powerline Productions offers a monthly freebie for subscribers. You can sign up here: https://mailchi.mp/9221394dfca7/plpnewsletter

Our host network, Ultimate Homeschool Podcast offers a freebie each month if you sign up for their newsletter. Sign up here: https://ultimateradioshow.com/sign-up/

Homeschool Freebie has  been around a long time and offers incredible freebies. You have to sign up on their mailing list: https://homeschoolfreebie.com/

How about your favorite publisher? Are you on their mailing list?

Here are some other places I go to look for Freebies:

Homeschool Giveaways: https://homeschoolgiveaways.com/

Homeschool Family Freebies & Giveaways Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/homeschoolfamily

Homeschool Deals & Freebies Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/97859293949

Don’t forget you are gathering information to decide what curriculum to use with your children. Jot notes down on your notebook.

Try to narrow down what you are looking for.

Watch for Sales from Your Favorite Publisher

Once you know what you are looking for, watch for sales.

e.g. Rosetta Stone

e.g. Alpha Omega April annual April sale

e.g. YWAM

Used Curriculum Sales

Used curriculum sales are such a blessing!

Make a list of what you are looking for and keep your eyes out for bargains. I have acquired some very expensive curriculum that is hardly worn at these sales.

Bundle Sales

Bundle sales are another amazing way to acquire very expensive curriculum very cheap! It’s amazing! You can get a collection of high school curriculum valued at hundreds of dollars for 85-90% off the price. I love to stock up on E-books this way!

My favorite bundle sale is Build Your Bundle. I have been shopping there for years each May when they have their annual sale!

 

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God's Girls 104: Motherhood by Meredith Curtis Let's Have Our Own Luau by Meredith Curtis Old Testament Survey Class by Meredith Curtis Foundations of Western Literature by Meredith Curtis
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Show Notes

Motherhood has a way of shaping and defining us. It reveals the virtues and flaws in our character. It forces us to run to Jesus for help, wisdom, and strength.

I talk to so many mothers who feel discouraged and weary. They long to be perfect mothers and often believe lies about themselves, their children, and their ability to parent.

Jesus has overcome the lies of the enemy!

With those truths in mind, let’s examine some of the lies that have weighed you down and hindered your ability to mother the precious treasures God has given you.

I’m the Wrong Person to Raise this Child

Yes, every Mom has wondered if God made a mistake. Maybe the child is brilliant and you are just average in intelligence. Maybe the child is musically gifted and you can’t even clap in time with music. Maybe the child is so strong-willed and you are weary from disciplining him.

​God chose you!

Two examples from Scripture that I want to share with you: Abraham and Esther.

The Lord also chose you to raise this child.

I’m Ruining My Kids

All Moms feel this way at some point. They may be struggling with anger or sadness and taking it out on the children.

The sad truth is that you will blow it and make many mistakes.

Here’s another truth: It’s not all about you. God is bigger than your flaws and shortcomings. He will actually pour out grace in your weakness and turn everything around for good. Even though you will never be a perfect Mom, you will not ruin your children if you look to Jesus. Even the hurts can open our child’s eyes to see that they need a perfect parent.

In mothering, as we surrender to Him, he will love and train through us. You see, children don’t need perfect parents, they need parents who look to Jesus.

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” (II Corinthians 12:9 NASB).

If I Love My Children, They Will Love Me Back & Meet My Emotional Needs

Let me just be honest here. Your children don’t know how to love, yet. They are learning to love from the way you love them unconditionally. Their emotions run hot and cold.

You must be the stable one.

Moms can’t look for children to meet their emotional needs. Motherhood is a one-way street.

Need some help in that department? I know someone who loved and loved and loved before His children finally loved Him back. He can love through you.

“We love because he first loved us” (I John 4:19 NASB).

I Can’t Control My Children without Raising my Voice

It can feel that we have more power when our voice is loud, but it is really the opposite.

If children don’t obey immediately then give a gentle consequence. When you address disobedience quickly, you will find that you don’t get to the point of anger.

Giving a gentle answer and tone of voice can be learned.

I Should Focus on Keeping My Children Happy

If you spend your time trying to keep your children happy, you will raise self-centered children who live to have fun no matter who they hurt.

It is wise to focus on teaching children to know and live for Jesus rather than trying to make them happy. Happiness is a byproduct.

When the disciples were excited at how the Lord used them to drive out demons, Jesus reminded them not to seek happiness in circumstances, but to rejoice because we belong to the Lord. True happiness comes from knowing that we are loved.

“Jesus replied, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven”  (Luke 10:18-20 NASB).

If I’m Doing Everything Right, Motherhood will be Easy

The Bible doesn’t ever say that life will be easy. In fact, if you read the book of Hebrews, you will meet heroes of the faith that have endured tons of hardship.

Even Jesus assured us that we will have troubles.

The good news is that Jesus has overcome the world! This brings us peace when motherhood is hard. ​

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 NASB).

All The Other Moms Know What they are Doing

I have talked to countless mothers who feel scared and insecure. In fact, most mothers want to grow into better mothers, even those that seem practically perfect.

If you struggle with insecurity or fears, you are not alone.

All mothers need encouragement. Don’t be intimidated by other mothers. Learn from their mothering strengths, but realize that they need encouragement, too.

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:23-25 NASB).

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