The Soft Skill of Integrity with Cindy Rollins of Mere Motherhood

In today’s episode we kick of talking about the Soft Skill of Integrity with author of Mere Motherhood, Cindy Rollins. #podcast #homeschoolIn today’s episode we kick off talking about the Soft Skill of Integrity with author of Mere Motherhood, Cindy Rollins. Cindy is a long-time homeschooler, author, podcaster, Mom of many, friend and mentor. Cindy shares how stories, histories and the Biblical narrative can be the voice of conscious in the lives of children, how reading just minutes a day can fill your heart and mind with Scripture, and so much more! Enjoy!

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.  Phillipians 4:8

“The goal of education is to have virtue.” Cindy Rollins

“It is not how good or bad your day is going, it’s that you keep going.” Cindy Rollins

“When you have God’s word hidden in your heart, you have a tool that can then be used by the Holy Spirit for your benefit.” Cindy Rollins

Mere Motherhood book 

Mere Motherhood FB group 

A Handbook to Morning Time 

Alleluia: A Journey through Advent with Handel’s Messiah 

Mere Motherhood website 

Literary Life Discussion Group 

The Literary Life Podcast 

True North Homeschol Academy seeks to come alongside you as your pursue and teach virtue and integrity: 

Orienteering 

Education: Power Tool of Character and Virtue

What is Classical Christian Education 

Teaching Godly Patterns in Homeschool 

Teamwork: Assessment

Assessment is integral to creating solid teams- both internal and external.   Listen to this podcast to learn more!Assessment is integral to creating solid teams- both internal and external. This requires looking at thing truthfully and objectively.

Truth is not my perception, truth is measurable and both internal (if we are saved as the Spirit of the Living God dwells within us) and external.

Peter’s failure in Gethsemane is turned into a redemption story of salvation and we witness his becoming the ultimate Team Player because of his humility and willingness to submit to the Lord.

Courage- doing things that are difficult or that you don’t want to do; dying to your flesh and showing up.

Elite forces don’t leave anyone behind. They might not like each other but they are responsible for and respect each other.

Bible Verse: 1 Corinthians 12:14  “For the body is not one member, but many.”

Hebrews 11- the Hall of Faith

Quote: Alone we can do so little, together we can accomplish so much- Helen Keller

 

CTA/ Resources

Movie Bridge of Spies

NASA.org

Homeschool Assessment 

SPED Assessment

Teaching Kids Self Assessment

Homeschool Testing

When your assessment indicates the need for personalized attention

 

Blog posts

True North Classes that are created to enhance and build teamwork and collaboration.

Writing Club 

Jr. High Writing Club 

Art Club 

Speech Club

Debate Club

Orienteering

 

True North Blog posts on Teamwork

Clubs

Whose ever heard of the 5 Common Topics

Using Teamwork in your homeschool 

 

Teamwork Part 4: SMART Goals

SMART goals allow you to manage roles and responsibilities, as well as expectations of yourself and others. Time to learn about SMART Goals for teams!SMART goals allow you to manage roles and responsibilities, as well as expectations of yourself and others. Time to learn about SMART Goals for teams!

Bible Verse: Eph 4:11″And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers.”

Acts 15- AD 55 –James, Peter and Paul and the Council of Jerusalem

Quote: It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit. ! Harry S. Truman

Details of Show:

Refining ones goals means making SMART goals

Specific, Measurable, Attainable. Realistic, Timely

SMART goals allow you to manage roles and responsibilities, as well as expectations of yourself and others.   Without them, conflict will arise more quickly.

Goldilocks Principle – Not too hard, not too easy, just right.

Assessments and feedback loops are important to teams reaching their full potential.

Adjust for those on the team who “drag” the system and realize that often the drag has to do with the bigger story, not just our personal small story.

Lim Facs- Limiting Factors – what disturbances are you likely to run into?

Role Definitions and Hierarchy. Power is a means to the end, not the end and often people get hung up on hierarchy as a power trip rather than as a way to build clearly defined dream teams.

 

Resources- Books/Movies/Articles/You-Tubes/Podcasts

Acts 15 –the Council of Jerusalem- James, Peter and Paul

5 Common Topics ebook 

 

True North Classes

Writing Club

Jr. High Writing Club 

Art Club 

Speech Club 

Debate Club

 

True North Blog posts

Clubs

Whose ever heard of the 5 Common Topics

Using Teamwork in your homeschool

Teamwork: Clarifying Your Purpose

To create great teams we must clarify our purpose.  Tune in to this week's Soft Skills 101 podcast for tips on clarifying your team purpose.To create great teams we must clarify our purpose.

Bible Verse:

Quote: “Talent wins games but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” Michael Jordan

 Details of Show:

Clarify your purpose

Vision –the state of begin able to see the long view

Misson- the outcome or assignment

Meaning- the art of experience

Each of our lives is a small part of a bigger story that plays a part in God’s ultimate story..

Defining Goals, Roles and Expectations on a team- sorting out task ownership.

We can play man-to-man on our teams or we can play zones, which is much more effective.

Use the 5 Common Topics to understand Roles, Goals and Expectations

 

CTA

Resources- Books/Movies/Articles/You-Tubes/Podcasts

Apollo 13

Galaxy Quest

5 Common Topics ebook 

 

True North Classes

Writing Club 

Jr. High Writing Club 

Art Club 

Speech Club 

Debate Club 

 

True North Blog posts

Clubs https://truenorthhomeschoolacademy.com/super-smart-clubs/

Whose ever heard of the 5 Common Topics: https://truenorthhomeschoolacademy.com/5-common-topics/

Using Teamwork in your homeschool https://truenorthhomeschoolacademy.com/using-teamwork-in-your-homeschool/

Build teamwork by camping https://truenorthhomeschoolacademy.com/build-teamwork-by-camping/

Teamwork: Wilderness Adventure (Part 2)

This podcast recounts a trip to the High Unitas Wilderness area Lisa Nehring took the summer before she started college. Hiking and living together with a small group of people required serious teamwork as they navigated trails, illness and adventure! This podcast recounts a trip to the High Unitas Wilderness area Lisa Nehring took the summer before she started college. Hiking and living together with a small group of people required serious teamwork as they navigated trails, illness and adventure!

Bible Verse: Two are better than one for they have a good return for their labor. Ecc 4: 9

Quote: I go to nature to be soothed and healed and to have my sense put into order- John Burroughs.

Take-Away/CTA: Homeschooling and successful family living is much like a crazy wilderness adventure!

 

Resources- Books/Movies/Articles/You-Tubes/Podcasts:

NOLS: https://www.google.com/search?q=nols&rlz=1C1GCEA_enUS831US831&oq=NOLS+&aqs=chrome.0.0l6.776j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

 

True North Classes:

https://truenorthhomeschoolacademy.com/product/orienteering/

https://truenorthhomeschoolacademy.com/product/philosophy-politics-economics-honors/

https://truenorthhomeschoolacademy.com/homeschool-extras/

True North Blog posts:

https://truenorthhomeschoolacademy.com/camping-games-activities-teens/

 

Find more Softskills podcasts here!

Teamwork: Part 1

SoftSkills 101 podcast topic on this week's episode is Teamwork. Listen in!Soft Skills 101 topic this week is teamwork.

Definition: team·work

the combined action of a group of people, especially when effective and efficient.

Quote: As Andrew Carnegie once noted, teamwork “is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”

Scripture Ecclesiastes 4:9 -4:12.

The family is the first “team” a child is a part of. A great family may or may not function as a great team.

Take a moment to think about and evaluate your family team.

    1. How is the team functioning?
    2. What can be improved?
    3. How are you providing leadership for your team?
    4. Develop your own team skills and those of your family members and together you’ll be able to step into the future with confidence.

Great teams:

  1. Hold each other accountable.
  2. Challenge each other to improve
  3. Set standards and expectation,
  4. Get rid of the status quo
  5. Get comfortable with discomfort

The Benefits of Teamwork

  1. Increase efficiency
  2. Improve communication
  3. Maximize output
  4. Create Support
  5. Increase innovation and creativity
  6. Boost performance and success

Relly Nadler outlined the core ingredients of a team in his article “Teamwork is an Unnatural Act” (businessexpertwebinars.com/content/ view/636/29/).

J. Richard Hackman, a pioneer in organizational behavior discovered that what matters most to team cohesion (i.e. team work) isn’t behavioral; rather, certain “enabling conditions” must happen

Team Building Activities:

  1. Games
  2. Playdates
  3. Chores
  4. Large house/property projects
  5. Traveling & camping together, practicing a foreign language
  6. Hospitality and serving together
  7. Read-alouds
  8. Bible study/prayer together -ACTS
  9. Working out together
  10. Setting and meeting a financial goal
  11. Cooking, cleaning, gardening together.

CTA:  Evaluate where your family is at working together as a team.

Using Teamwork in your homeschool https://truenorthhomeschoolacademy.com/using-teamwork-in-your-homeschool/

Using Gaming as an Elective https://truenorthhomeschoolacademy.com/larping-roleplaying/

Tween and Teen Book Recommendations https://truenorthhomeschoolacademy.com/tween-teen-books-recommendations-from-our-writing-club/

10 Reasons to Join a Homeschool Club https://truenorthhomeschoolacademy.com/10-reasons-to-join-a-homeschool-club/

Electronic Media and Family: Interview with Bj Pramman and Rachelle Green

This week on Soft Skills 101 we are interviewing BJ Pramman and Rachelle Green!  We have a great lineup of topics in this interview focusing on how to manage electronic media and family.

Quote: Nothing is better than going home to family and eating good food and relaxing. Irina Shayk

 Details of Show:

Respect and Connection in Electronic Media,

Conformity now, conformity then

Front porches and the plague of loneliness

Respect/Honor/ Conditional and Unconditional Responses

Methods of electronic Communication:

How do people relate to efficiency and effectiveness, but also how they relate to honor, respect and connection?

 

CTA

  1. Make a plan for what electronic media you children have access to and how you will interact with them about it and train, instruct and protect them.
  2. Schedule 2-4 times a week to eat dinner together around the family table.
  3. Schedule activities to do as a family that build community and connection.

Resources- Books/Movies/Articles/You-Tubes/Podcasts

Crucial Conversations 

Glow Kids

The Crown Netflix series (be aware the episode about Princess Margaret is R rated, there is some irregular crude humor.

Queen Elizabeth’s 2018 Christmas Address 

The Hero of Haarlem 

Knitting

Vincent Felitti, M.D. Chief of Preventative Medicine at Kaiser Permanent- Addictive Behavior –

Harvard Business Review-

OSU Medical Center 

The Family Table

 

True North Classes

Civics: Constitutional Studies  

Speech  

Debate  

 

True North Blog posts

Competitive Speech & STOA for Homeschoolers

Teaching effective on-line communications

The Lost Art of letter Writing

How To Learn To Communicate Well In a Changing World: Interview with Ron Brumbarger

How to learn to communicate well in a changing world - get some great tips from our guest, Ron BrumbargerThis week on Soft Skills 101 Podcast, we interview Ron Brumbarger!  We discuss how to learn to communicate well in a changing world.

Bible Verse: Colossians 3:23

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men

Quote: “Failure is not bad, it’s just failure. Keep taking risks, keep trying.” Ron Brumbarger

 Details of Show:

To learn to communicate well in a changing world:

  1. Know how to Write- all kinds of writing
  2. Develop your Critical thinking skills and problem solving
  3. Speech and Debate is excellent training for writing and critical thinking
  4. Interface with people of all ages and abilities
  5. You don’t need to “get it all right” – fail forward-
  6. Apprenticeship- job skills training.
  7. Develop and work with cohorts in conjunction with professional academics
  8. It’s a big, competitive world- grab a tent and travel

Best way to teach kids communication skills?

See the World: Travel – experience different cultures, languages

Is College Necessary? Employees care about 3 things:

  1. Can you do the work?
  2. Do I like you?
  3. Can I afford you?

Resources- Books/Movies/Articles/You-Tubes/Podcasts

Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Future Succes by John Maxwell

Apprentice University

You are Always Being Interviewed by Ron Brumbarger

 

True North Classes

Creative Writing Club

Fundamental Grammar with Claritas

Literature & Composition

Speech

Debate

 

True North Blog posts

Is your Homeschooler Prepared for  High School? 

Creative Writing for Awesome People

Teaching effective on-line communications

The Lost Art of letter Writing

Communication Week 3: Modes of Electronic Communication: Netiquette

This week on Soft Skills 101, join us for a discussion about modes of electronic communication, what we like to call "Netiquette."  Learn a few tips on how to teach your kids some life skills in this area!This week on Soft Skills 101, join us for a discussion about modes of electronic communication, what we like to call “Netiquette.”  Learn a few tips on how to teach your kids some life skills in this area!

Bible Verse:

Honor Your Father and Mother Exodus20:12

Honor Everyone. Lover the brotherhood. Fear God. 1 Peter 2:17

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it Proverbs 3:27

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves – Philippians 2:3

Give Praise to whom praise is due.

 

Quote:

“Don’t promote negativity online and expect people to treat you with positivity in person.”
― Germany Kent

“Checking in on what our kids are doing online isn’t helicoptering, it’s parenting.”
― Galit Breen, Kindness Wins

 

Details of Show:

Modes of electronic Communication: Netiquette

What is Social Media good for as far as communication goes- not so good for

Texting

Email

Face-to-face

How do people relate to efficiency and effectiveness, but also how they relate to honor, respect and connection.

 

CTA

  1. Talk to your kids about the electronic tools they have available to them.
  2. Talk to them about integrity- being consistent in who they are on-line as well as in person.
  3. Train them in manners- their importance in treating people with dignity and honor- both on-line and in person.

 

Resources- Books/Movies/Articles/You-Tubes/Podcasts

Crucial Conversations

E-learning

Glow Kids

Netiquette: University of Toledo

The Art and Mystery of On-line Communication

A Guide to Online Ethics and Etiquette

 

True North Classes

Civics: Constitutional Studies

Speech

Debate

 

True North Blog posts

Competitive Speech & STOA for Homeschoolers

Teaching effective on-line communications 

The Lost Art of letter Writing 

Communication Week 2: Respect and Connection in Electronic Media

Join the podcast this week as Lisa and Dave talk about Respect and Connection in Electronic Media. #communication #podcastBible Verse: Romans 12:13 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

 

Quote: Nothing is better than going home to family and eating good food and relaxing. Irina Shayk

 

 Details of Show:

Respect and Connection in Electronic Media,

Conformity now, conformity then

Front porches and the plague of loneliness

Respect/Honor/ Conditional and Unconditional Responses

Methods of electronic Communication:

How do people relate to efficiency and effectiveness, but also how they relate to honor, respect and connection.

 

CTA

  1. Make a plan for what electronic media you children have access to and how you will interact with them about it and train, instruct and protect them.
  2. Schedule 2-4 times a week to eat dinner together around the family table.
  3. Schedule activities to do as a family that build community and connection.

 

Resources- Books/Movies/Articles/YouTube/Podcasts

Crucial Conversations 

Glow Kids

The Crown Netflix series (be aware the episode about Princess Margaret is R rated, there is some irregular crude humor.

Queen Elizabeth’s 2018 Christmas Address

The Hero of Haarlem

Knitting 

Vincent Felitti, M.D. Chief of Preventative Medicine at Kaiser Permanent- Addictive Behavior

Harvard Business Review

OSU Medical Center

The Family Table

 

True North Classes

Civics: Constitutional Studies  

Speech

Debate

 

True North Blog posts

Competitive Speech & STOA for Homeschoolers

Teaching effective on-line communications

The Lost Art of letter Writing