Vintage Homeschool Moms

Sibling Rivalry

Sibling Rivalry | If you have more one child you have experienced sibling rivalry. One or more of the children feels slighted in some way. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcastSibling Rivalry – 10 Solutions That Work!

If you have more one child you have experienced sibling rivalry. One or more of the children feels slighted in some way. Either they don’t think things are “fair” or they feel that the other child is getting more attention. Either way, there is an issue that parents need to address for their own sanity!

I do know that there are some ways I’ve been able to deal with children who continuously fight for attention. I felt that from one year to the next or even one day to the next the things could change. One minute my kids were getting along and the next everything fell apart.

There is some good news in all this fighting. It helps them in negotiating, problem-solving and ways to resolve issues. But, when it comes to blows that is when the negotiating comes to a screeching halt and the survival of the fittest takes place!

One is that I had to do something. Kids will be kids if you let them be: 

  1. What is the recourse?
  2. Communication between kids – work it out
  3. Effective listening – respect feelings
  4. Rules & Don’t play favoritism
  5. Both are accountable – takes two
  6. Is life really fair?
  7. Take item away, restrict items, electronics
  8. No verbal abuse
  9. Time Together – build relationships
  10. Forgiveness but pray for each other.

I didn’t let the children get away with bad behavior. I’d warn them, “Is what you are doing, your fighting worth it? You will both be getting in trouble if you misbehave. I just want to warn you now.”

Effective listening is one way for chronic issues. If someone took the child’s toy without asking, the response is, “I’m sorry your feelings were hurt.” The idea is to value the child’s feelings but also if the toy was lost or broken there needs to be restitution.

I know there is much out there about kids and hurting their feelings and perhaps causing damage for the future. If your child knows you love them then I believe you have a good foundation and basis to parent.

Why are parents afraid to parent? That is a question I ask and when I see the results, kids who are disrespectful, kids who gravitate to their friends instead of their family and kids who feel slighted it is the result of me focused parenting.

Listen, it isn’t easy to be a mom or a dad. Our kids are individuals created in the image and likeness of God. Our kids need both a mom and a dad. I recently heard an interview by the author of the book, “The Boy Crisis,” Warren Farrell and he sais that our boys are struggling and there is an answer. The answer? Two-parent families. He said girls struggle as well but most single-family homes are run by a mother so the girls still have a role model. He also claims that most schools are run by women and in single-family homes that translates into our boys’ failure of a good male role model – which is where the church would hopefully come in.

As homeschool parents, we can make the difference. We are there with our children and we can mentor our boys and girls. When dad gets home give him time mom to be with your boys.  We never ate “on time,” since my husband wanted to come in and say hi to everyone and then go outdoors with the kids to play before dinner. Whether it was fishing in our pond, throwing around a baseball or playing basketball. Yes, he was exhausted after work – and his job was more physical then most on a construction job site, yet he knew this was important to our children.

Kids will fight less if you give them less opportunity to become reactive. Homes where there is less structure, routine or consequences there will be fighting! Structure is important. Why is that moms say that when they are doing school and keeping their routines the kids fight less?

Look at the situations that trigger the rivalry. I look at my grandkids now and I can the little peskier brother feels that if he doesn’t stand up for himself and be trouble he will be left out of games and events.

Kids also can sense tension. If there is problems within the home with your spouse or others in the family kids know and sometimes that will be a trigger that causes them to fight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teens and Moms

Teens and Moms | I love my teens! Teens and moms have a sacred relationship - or we should! Our babies are growing up! | #podcast #homeschoolpodcastTeens and Moms Communicating Episode 329

I love my teens! Teens and moms have a sacred relationship – or we should! Our babies are growing up! While it is exciting to watch our children grow and mature, it is also a scary thought. If you have little kids please do not skip this episode. I believe you’ll receive good information that you can begin using today, no matter what your children’s ages.

I’ve been through this a few times, five to be exact. So, you can say I have some experience with this situation. I recall friends talking about raging hormones when my kids were little and I thought it was a horrible way to describe teens. Teens deserve our respect and yes, teens should respect adults. Bad behavior is never excused nor is it allowed to continue.

The teens years begin on paper when a child turns thirteen, however, the teen years are thirteen years in the making. The way we raise our children will impact the way our teens act when they receive this milestone.

Believe me kids don’t wake up one day and say, “Today I’ll make my mom’s life miserable. In the same way that parents don’t decide that today is a good day to begin restrictions. Raising kids is a dance that begins when they are little and we begin to put our first restrictions down. Most of the restrictions are in keeping our kids safe.

Foundations should already be set and in place so when the teen years occur the family continues on as usual but it is also a time when serious conversations should be added and that includes taking the time to be mom and dad.

Good Foundations:

  1. Open lines of communication.
  2. Clearly laid out rules. Curfew, etc.
  3. Ideas on dating (or not!)
  4. School work requirements.
  5. Chores, etc.

Respect is earned on all parts. Yes, our children should be respectful but we should

Matthew 10: 13-16

 Proverbs 17:6

Leviticus 19:3

Deuteronomy 10:20

Exodus 21:17

 I pray that the teen years are joyous for you and your children and it is a time for your teens to discover what the Lord has in store for their lives!


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Three Homeschool Curriculum Essentials

Curriculum Essentials | It is a fact that every homeschool needs curriculum essentials and in this podcast, we will discuss some books that will help you with your homeschool! #podcast #homeschoolpodcastThree Homeschool Curriculum Essentials with Tyler Hogan Episode 328

It is a fact that every homeschool needs curriculum essentials and in this podcast, we will discuss some books that will help you with your homeschool!

Tyler Hogan is a homeschool graduate, homeschool dad and now President of Bright Ideas Press. Today, Tyler joins Felice Gerwitz and shares some important information homeschool parents need to know, three books that are curriculum essentials.

Tyler enjoyed his homeschool journey with mom, and author, Maggie Hogan. Maggie used maps to teach the boys and this made an impression on Tyler. He wrote North Star Geography because he believes geography is an under-taught subject. This book will help children discover a love for geography because of the interwoven way the book is written. It is for middle through high school students. This book is written in three parts, one discovering maps, geography tools, and GPS, two, physical geography and earth science, and three, human geography cultures, religion, politics, and heritage among more.

Three curriculum essentials from Bright Ideas Press.

    • The first book authored by Tyler Hogan.
    • Geography is an under-taught subject. (Tyler shares and entertaining true story.)
    • Geography Skills are essentials for kids/teens to learn.
    • How parents can help build a love of geography in their children.
    • In CD and downloadable file
    • Maps can be found via a history timeline
    • Library of state, world and historical maps
    • Ancient Civilization maps
    • Maps can be used to give tests
    • Maps can be annotated you can add information
    • Tyler Hogan’s most recent book is Demystifying Learning Styles.
    • This book covers common myths, different theories about learning styles, explanation of motivation and modalities.

    Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor -Bright Ideas Press

    Homeschool moms are busy! Bright Ideas Press gets that. And that’s why, for over 25 years, we have promised to publish Christian-oriented homeschool curriculum that will fit your family—curriculum that is both affordable and easy-to-use with children of different ages and learning styles at the same time. Curriculum that busy Moms love!

    Offering history, science, geography, and humanities curriculum and over 100 options of online classes and clubs for homeschool families, the team at Bright Ideas Press creates products and resources that will not only help simplify your life, but also inspire, encourage, and equip you to educate your children.

    Find out more here!


 

Everlasting Love

Love | Love that is everlasting is something we all crave. In family life, we sometimes miss the forest because the trees get in the way. In this podcast, we cover ways to have a family that is filled with grace and love! #podcast #homeschoolpodcastEverlasting Love ~ Episode 327

Love that is everlasting is something we all crave. In family life, we sometimes miss the forest because the trees get in the way. In this podcast, we cover ways to have a family that is filled with grace and love!

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I believe all moms hope and pray that their children understand how much we love them. So much of our day when they are little is making sure they stay alive, especially when they are mobile. We cover electrical outlets, put up barriers for stairs and rails on beds. We put locks on cabinets and decide we are not using toxic chemicals because we want our children protected. Whether you are the lovey-dovey-gushy mom or one who says I love you by being strict, it all boils down to the same thing. We want our kids to understand they are loved.

As an aside, it is sometimes difficult as busy parents who have so many things going on at the same time that we must separate the discipline from anger. If we are upset, leave the “penalty” until later. Sometimes we take our children’s love for granted but that love can be damaged by discipline that they feel is unjust. I ask my children what they did wrong (if they don’t know I tell them and ask again) and when we are finished I tell them I love them.

God’s love is unconditional. He loves us not matter what we do, but he hates the sin and loves the sinner. A difficult concept to explain to children. 1 John 4:8 – The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

I’ve told my now grown up kids that they will always be my babies. My home has displays of pictures instead of art. In my eyes, it is priceless art, more valuable than anything. How do we take that love for our children and translate it to everlasting love that will last their lifetime? I believe this only happens with faith. Only God can give me the grace I need each and every day. Yes, there are things you can do to encourage love within your family, but often it is the grace from above that sustains us.

Important points to remember:

  1. Love is shown without words.
  2. Love is a sacrifice. Enough said.
  3. Love is never equal.
  4. Love is never fair.
  5. Love must be authentic, or it isn’t real.
  6. You can’t fake love
  7. Love takes work.
  8. Love may not be reciprocated.
  9. Love can be heart-breaking.
  10. Love is worth it.

God made us to love and be loved. If we are filled with the love of God that love will spill over to those in our family and friends. My co-author on the Media Angels Creation Science Series, Jill Whitlock was one of those people that often was asked the question, “You are different, why are you so happy?” People wanted what she had. What she had was the love of God. She went from atheist to agnostic to Christian. A super-charged in love with Christ, Christian. When she died in 2007, I have no doubt it was into the loving arms of our Lord. She showed this love her family, to me, her friend and to strangers on the street.

Everlasting love is a reminder that God loves us and we should spend time daily in the Word, in prayer, and in quiet. Model this for your children. Ask God for the grace for those situations that come up in life that we can’t deal with. He is there for us. As I record this in the month of February I’m reminded of the world’s idea of love with candy, flowers, and gifts. Yet, it is still a reminder to all of us to celebrate love this month. In our home, our kids say I’ve deprived them of candy, so these few times they get treats they are treasured.

Remember to talk to your children.

  1. Remind them you love them.
  2. Remind them it is out of love (I care for you) that your reprimand or punish.
  3. Say, “I love you,” when you see your child or when they go to bed at night. I end phone calls with, “I love you.”
  4. Write love notes and encourage them to write notes to each other and to you.
  5. Keep a stack of red construction paper hearts with Scripture verses, I’ve included a sheet for you to print out here in the show notes.

My husband tells our children, home is where you should feel safe. Where you should come to us with your problems or concerns. Where you know we love you and we are here for you at all times. Not only in the good times but when you are struggling. Everlasting love. That is the greatest gift we can give our children.

I hope you enjoy these printables.  I Love You Hearts – VintageHomeschoolMoms

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Top 10 Parenting Secrets

Top 10 Parenting Secrets | Raising children isn't easy, they don't come with a manual! Yet, sharing parenting secrets is the topic of today's show and Felice shares her tried and true methods. #podcast #homeschoolpodcastParenting Secrets Episode 326

Raising children isn’t easy, they don’t come with a manual! Yet, sharing parenting secrets is the topic of today’s show and Felice shares her tried and true methods.

Thanks to our sponsor, The Christian Standard Bible. Learn more at CSBible.com — and visit their website.

Parenting Secrets Advice:

Most parents shower their children with love, yet it is important to show this love by being there for them! For example, if your child is talking it’s important not to be on your cell phone. If you are busy on your phone you are sending the message they are not important.

Allow kids to make mistakes within reason – these are teachable moments.

Remind children that home is their safe place! It is the place they should feel the most secure and able to talk and discuss anything. Also letting kids know what you expect is important and that sets them up for success.

Reward good behavior. When they do something well praise them. Or if they are trying and failing to be sure to say, “Good try.” Kids need to earn our respect but we can demonstrate this by respecting them as well. IF you have a horrible day, remind them at the end of the day that tomorrow is a brand new day and we get to begin all over again with a clean slate – don’t hold grudges.

Forgiveness is the key. Not just saying I am sorry, but will you forgive me. That takes the power out of the hands of the offender and into the hands of the child that is being offended (or parent, or sibling)

Parenting Secrets Top 10

  1. Relationship with your child
  2. Avoid CHarcter assassination – punish the crime and love the child
  3. Don’t compare
  4. Don’t discipline in anger
  5. Yes means yes and no means no
  6. Follow through – kids are gamblers
  7. Set guidelines and parameters funnel approach
  8. Listen
  9. Teach self-discipline
  10. Take a stand where it matters don’t sweat the small stuff

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Top 10 Faith Building Activities

Top 10 Faith Building Activities | Having fun and learning while teaching the faith, yes! Faith building activities are discussed as well as ways to help your children see the spiritual connection between faith and the Bible.  #podcast #homeschoolpodcastFaith Building Activities Episode 325

Having fun and learning while teaching the faith, yes! Faith building activities are discussed as well as ways to help your children see the spiritual connection between faith and the Bible.

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So, we all want to help our children grow in the Lord, in fact, the Scriptures tell us this Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. And of course Deuteronomy 6:5-9 Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole strength. And these words which I command thee this day shall be in thy heart: And thou shalt tell them to thy children, and thou shalt meditate upon them sitting in thy house, and walking on thy journey, sleeping and rising. And thou shalt bind them as a sign on thy hand, and they shall be and shall move between thy eyes. And thou shalt write them in the entry, and on the doors of thy house.

There are so many more Scriptures as well! However, the most amazing thing I’ve learned and I am sure you’ve experienced this is that our kids pick up our worse habits! And, I’m sure it is because it is the ones that are modeled the most – yes, I’m talking to myself here as well. But the good news is that if we model great behavior, praying reading our Bible, doing a Bible Study the kids will also pick up our habits.

First, stop and pray. Ask the Lord how best to teach your children. Ask the Lord to help you to find those teachable moments that bring home the love and compassion the Lord has for each one of us and especially His unconditional love for us!

You know when you look at other religions outside of Catholicism and Christianity you find that the gods that these faiths worship require different things. Some require obedience and submission, others require worship or ritualistic sacrifice. Our God only requires our obedience and love and He returns His love to us.

Christianity is the truth. It is the real thing. It is not a falsehood. And, with that comes an amazing responsibility to teach our children and share the good news.

Here are my top 10 favorite Faith Building Activities:

  1. Attending Church
  2. Praying as a family – before meals, in the evening.
  3. Daily praise reports – what are we thankful for each day. We do this every evening after our evening prayers or devotionals
  4. Reading the Bible – and add a journal for older kids, be sure to check out this podcast on Teaching the Bible
  5. Listening to good Christian audios: Such as Christian music or teaching audios like Adventures in Odyssey
  6. Watching good Christian films for example on sites like PureFlix.
  7. Story Starters: make a list of questions such as: What would Jesus do? Give them different scenarios such as when mom asks you to pick up your clothes, or help with the dishes, or do chores in general?
  8. Games that teach Christian concepts – https://childrensministry.com/10-active-indoor-sunday-school-games/ One we use to play as kids focused on the need to trust. What you would do is have someone stand in front of an adult, and tell the kid to fall back. Most of the times kids just can’t let go. The idea is that God is there all the time for us and we need to let go to feel his arms around us, His embrace. Another fun game that was in the handout link on the show notes is giving two different kids a set of combination locks. One is given the combination and the other isn’t. One will struggle and the other will open the lock easily. The point here is to show that when we try to do things on our own, without listening to God we struggle. But if we listen to God, follow His instructions things will go so much easier.
  9. Acts of service. Helping at a food kitchen, collecting clothes and gently used toys to donate, visit the elderly at nursing homes.
  10. Memorizing Scripture and Prayers.

Friends, remember that the best way to teach about our faith is by demonstrating your love of God to others and setting the example. I pray that this podcast has been helpful and ask that you share the show with a friend, give me a star rating on iTunes or any podcast app where you listen, and please join me next week when I discuss helpful tips for parenting.

 


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Teaching The Bible To Kids

Teaching The Bible To Kids | The Bible is important in a Christian's life, but teaching the Bible to kids is sometimes difficult. #podcast #homeschoolpodcastTeaching The Bible To Kids Episode 324

The Bible is important in a Christian’s life, but teaching the Bible to kids is sometimes difficult. In this episode, we cover some suggestions on getting the most out of your study and engage your children.

Thanks to our sponsor CSBible.com (The Christian Standard Bible) and easy to understand translation. Visit their website to learn more. (Hint: this is a great Bible to use when teaching the Bible to kids.)

My fondest memories with my grandmother revolve around the Bible. I use to sit on her feet as she wound yarn (I held the big spool) and she recounted the stories about Adam and Eve, Cane and Abel, The Fall, Noah, and the Ark, Abraham, Issac and Jacob, Sampson and Delilah, and King David. Then onto the New Testament and the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Even before I could read I had all of these beloved stories that I thought about often.

I followed in my grandmother’s footsteps and told my little ones stories from the Bible. The children loved to listen to stories and it was with a glad heart that I was planting seeds for my children and generations to come. I would ask my children to tell me a favorite part or they would take turns sharing a favorite story.

Train Up Your Children

Ephesians 6:4: “Fathers, don’t stir up anger in your children, but bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (CSB)

To teach the Bible you have to know about the Bible yourself. So, friends, delve into the Scriptures! You will be blessed. Pray beforehand and ask the Lord to touch your heart as you read through. There are many different Bibles. Read a few to see what works for you and then purchase a Bible if you don’t have one already.

Deuteronomy 11:19 “Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

Important points:

  1. The Bible is the truth. The Bible is the infallible, inerrant word of God.
  2. The Bible is for today. While this is HIS-Story, it is relevant to our lives now.
  3. God is love. His love is shown within the pages of the Bible.

We must give kids a foundation. Many like to ask the kids what they think, but little ones don’t have well-formed opinions without having a good basis to make them – asking is redundant in my opinion.

We want the children to know about God, His love and His Son Jesus as well as the Holy Spirit. That is the greatest story ever told and The Bible is still the number one bestseller. We can help our children by telling them what the passage teaches about God, for them personally and why we need Jesus, a Savior. Once they understand these major truths you can move on to asking them questions.

As an aside here, while a children’s Bible is nice and helps when the children are very little it is often good to read from a standard Bible.

  1. Ask questions about what happened to be sure they understand the main points of the passage. Just the facts, what happened?
  2. Ask what we can learn from this passage?

Discussion on life applications may take time. As your child gets older, again you can explain how a specific passage impacts their life and then, later ask the child again. I homeschooled for many years and I have to tell you that at some points I found I was repeating things I had previously told my other children, yet this method works extremely well. It is definitely tried and true.

Don’t just ask the kids what they think about a particular passage because it doesn’t get to the crux of the meaning behind it. For example, if you ask kids what they think about Adam and Eve they will blame them for the fact that we are not in the Garden of Eden, because of “their” mistake. It is easier to blame others and not take any blame for “mistakes” we make, right? Instead, explain that Adam and Eve had the gift of “free will” and because of this, God allowed them the choice to do what was right or wrong. We too have this same freedom in our life and it is to be cherished.

Memorization of passages is a standard in many families. Rather than huge blocks of Scripture, I like the children to memorize the verses are that are helpful. For example the Lord’s Prayer. Many other key scriptures are worth memorizing.

Meditation is another important way to teach the Bible. Teach children to close their eyes and listen after you read a particular Scripture. Little ones have a hard time keeping their eyes closed so you can ask them to put their heads on their arms on a table.

Preface mediation with this:

  1. Tell the children you are going to read a passage and you want them to close their eyes to listen.
  2. Explain to the children that God’s voice is a “still small voice” 1 Kings 19:11-13
  3. Ask the children to listen after you read and tell them you will let them know when they can raise up their heads or open their eyes.
  4. Ask them to listen for that still small voice – to ask the Lord to come deeper into their hearts.
  5. Remind them that we are to be respectful of the Scriptures and remain quiet.

Mediation is a learned skill and one that is such a blessing especially in the life of a mature Christian. Demonstrate to the children how to do it – and even your older teens.

The Word of God is a blessing and I pray that you will teach your children to cherish the freedoms we have in this country to worship openly, to worship as we chose and to honor our Lord and Savior.

*All Bible verses in this post are from The Christian Standard Bible translation (CSB)

 


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The Christian Standard Bible captures the Bible’s original meaning without compromising clarity. An optimal blend of accuracy and readability, this translation helps readers make a deeper connection with God’s Word and inspires lifelong discipleship. The CSB is for everyone—for readers young and old, new and seasoned. It’s a Bible pastors can preach from and a Bible you can share with your neighbor hearing God’s Word for the very first time.

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Lifeschooling

Lifeschooling | She'll explain what it means to teach your children in a manner that is natural and allows you to discover your children's strengths and develop them in your family. #podcast #homeschoolpodcastLifeschooling — Episode #323

In this episode, we talk about lifeschooling with podcaster Daniele Papageorgiou. She’ll explain what it means to teach your children in a manner that is natural and allows you to discover your children’s strengths and develop them in your family.

Special guest Daniele (pronounced “De-Neal”) Papageorgiou is a podcaster on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network! You can find her show here. She podcasts about Lifeschooling. That is the topic we’ll discuss today. She also runs the LifeSchoolingConference.com — visit her online and subscribe to learn more.

Instagram – @Lifeschooling_family
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Show Notes: Lifeschooling

What is the definition of lifeschooling?
Lifeschooling is the individualized process of discovering your child’s God-given gifts and talents, primarily through real-life experiences that happen within the context of your family’s unique situations and missions.
Proverbs 16:9 — A man plan his ways and the Lord directs his path.

Lifeschooling Early Years

The early years of homeschooling are more natural and the children learned with the right opportunities that are presented by their parents.
It sounds like a more relaxed approach. Is it similar to unschooling?
Unschooling is child lead where lifeschooling is parent lead. It is good to have plans and a schedule, “man plans his ways,” but the Lord directs his path. If something comes up – you can help the neighbor or life events that happen in every day.
Look at everyday life and see where the opportunities come from — there is still education and academics.
Do you use a specific curriculum for lifeschooling?
Every family has a different approach. Daniele does not use a curriculum yet prays about what she wants to teach.
Daniele’s daughter wrote a book that took her several years and research to complete.
No Return was the name of the novel she wrote.
How do you think parents can find their children’s gifts within the parameters of lifeschooling.
Lifeschooling brings out their gifts, and part of this is observing and giving them opportunities — places they can go and try something new and looking for specific skills – ask how they enjoyed different activities and go from there.
Prayer is pivotal and God has a specific purpose for each of our children.
On a practical level, what has lifeschooling looked like in your home? Listen to this episode as Daniele shares details.

Top Three Reasons For Online Classes

Online Classes | Have you considered online classes and were not sure about the benefits? In this episode, I interview a special guest, Tina Piper with Luma Learn. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcastTop Three Reasons For Online Classes with Special Guest Tina Piper Episode 322

Have you considered online classes and were not sure about the benefits? In this episode, I interview a special guest, Tina Piper with LumaLearn.com. Come listen to learn the top benefits and meet Tina.

Thanks to our sponsor LumaLearn.com

Luma Learn is a market place for homeschoolers to learn as well as for teachers to teach classes! This is a wonderful online forum that has options for the homeschool family. Check it out.

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The top reason online classes are a benefit.

  1. One line classes are often a way for moms to get a break and “sub out” that class for the year. Homeschoolers are “all in” and our lives are busy. Similar to needing an oxygen mass on a plane in distress, we must take care of ourselves as well. Moms tend to do way too much and it just backfires on us. We don’t always want to admit that we need help, but it is okay to need help. Maybe a mom
  2. We can enjoy other people’s gifts. If we really believe that we are each gifted with certain talents we can share them or enjoy other people’s gifts. On Luma Learn, you will be blessed by the gifted teachers.
  3. Teaching your child accountability. Online classes allow children to learn what another teacher expects, deadlines and assignments. Whether you are in college, ministry, or the workplace you will learn a structure and accountability from others.

 

 

Technology Hacks

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

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

Look for Meryl’s website here: FundaFundaAcademy.com

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