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Teaching Good Sportsmanship

Good Sportsmanship | Our goal for student-athletes is to do well in class and in sports, but what about teaching good sportsmanship? In today's episode, Felice Gerwitz interviews Andrew Layton podcaster at Big Dreams Podcast. | #podcast #sports #sportsmanshipTeaching Good Sportsmanship Episode 364 with Special Guest Andrew Layton

Our goal for student-athletes is to do well in class and in sports, but what about teaching good sportsmanship? In today’s episode, Felice Gerwitz interviews Andrew Layton, podcaster at BigDreamsPodcast.com

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For many years Andrew played sports, first in school, college and then professionally. Andrew took a wrong turn and uses that experience to help kids, but especially at-risk kids. Andrew is currently the head coach at a prestigious prep-school in Ft. Myers, Florida.

Five Qualities of Good Sportsmanship

Andrew talks about five things:

  1. Family
  2. Dedication
  3. Accountability
  4. Working Hard
  5. Having Fun

Coach Layton emphasizes family. He says kids are a product of their families, school and then team. He goes on to explain that sports help you grow as an individual and that dedication is giving 110%. He said school is the most important because sports is on a volunteer basis. Kids are not getting paid to play, they volunteer.

Good sportsmanship focuses on accountability as well. Kids are accountable to do their part, and each member does their part, even the coach. Working hard is part of what is expected by any good coach of their players. When pushed to the threshold a student-athlete may feel like quitting. Yet once you get through it that is where the fun starts!

Kids practice and practice and then it comes naturally in a game, and that is the success of all that work, a good job done.

Good sportsmanship begins on the field but is carried on into life~and with great coaches like Andrew who are supportive of the kids, it is a win-win!

 

Memory Work

Memory Work | Is memory work necessary? In my teaching life and as a homeschooler I wasn't positive that memory work was a must. With my first two children, it wasn't but then with my last three homeschooling students, it became part of the fabric of our homeschooler. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #memoryworkMemory Work Secrets – Episode 363

Is memory work necessary? In my teaching life and as a homeschooler I wasn’t positive that memory work was a must. With my first two children, it wasn’t but then with my last three homeschooling students, it became part of the fabric of our homeschooler. Join Felice with special guest Laura Murfin.

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Laura Murfin has enjoyed homeschooling her six daughters for eleven years, along with her husband. The girls play soccer and are busy with church activities – as well as homeschool co-ops. Laura believes homeschooling is one of the best-kept secrets! It was a scary idea for her, but now it is a huge blessing!

Laura began researching homeschooling and she and her husband were convinced that homeschooling was the right option for their family. She has appreciated the flexibility as their family grows and that homeschooling is affordable.

Key To Homeschooling – Memory Work Customized Curriculum

Kids memorize easily, Laura shares a story about her kids memorized a Bible story she read to them every night. This sparked the idea of memory work when they were younger and continues now into their high school years. She learned about a group of moms who had developed a full memory work curriculum.

They had hired a professional singer to put the words into tunes. It was the perfect fit for her family. Her children say that they are so grateful that the family used memory work. It helped them with harder classes like Algebra II and Chemistry.

How Does Memory Work Help Kids:

  1. Listening to the memory work songs a little bit every day
  2. Picture supplements – historical portraits, or pictures about what we were learning about in science
  3. Used American Sign Language with the keywords kids were reciting
  4. Using ASL motions along with memory work to communicate
  5. Keeps the family accountable
  6. Works with dyslexia
  7. Helps kids who learn differently
  8. Learn a lot of information in a short period of time.
  9. Helps kids who are goal-oriented
  10. Helps kids with upper-level subjects

Five Examples of using Memory Work:

  1. When working on memorizing something, we are practicing the words and starting to open our minds to what we are saying. We are developing “memory muscles” that continue to get stronger and are more able to take on more memory work challenges. More practice equals better memory.
  2. Memorization is key to learning a new language.
  3. Repetition is power. Repetition creates miracles. Highly successful people have really understood their area of expertise and can dynamically pass on the wealth of information they have acquired through their diligent study of their subject.
  4. Memorization is a good practice for perseverance.
  5. Even elite athletes who train every day see their movements are building their “muscle memory” to perform at the highest levels. It becomes a reflex that yields fine precision. This is a different aspect of memory, but it shows us how the practice of repetition refines us.

Laura appreciates what Susan Wise Bauer has to say about memory work. “The first years of schooling are called the “grammar stage”
because these are the years in which the building blocks for all other learning are laid, just as grammar is the foundation for language. In the elementary school years – grades 1 through 4 –the mind is ready to absorb information.” “Since children at this age actually find memorization fun, during this period education involves not self-expression and self-discovery, but rather the learning of facts: rules of phonics and spelling, rules of grammar poems, the vocabulary of foreign languages, the stories of history and literature, descriptions of
plants and animals and the human body, the facts of mathematics- the list goes on. The information makes up the “grammar” for the second stage of education.”

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Teaching Creation Science

Teaching Creation Science | How do you teach Creation Science when you have no background in science? Try teaching with Creation Science Study Guides! Primary sources are always the best, but how about first-hand research? | #podcast #teachingcreation #creationscienceTeaching with Creation Science Study Guides Episode 362

How do you teach Creation Science when you have no background in science? Try teaching with Creation Science Study Guides! Primary sources are always the best, but how about first-hand research? In this episode, we will delve into not only why teaching creation science is important but some amazing resources to complete your homeschool library.

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Many years ago, early in my homeschool journey I attended a homeschool conference and walked away with hundreds of dollars worth of books on the topic of creation science and no idea how to teach the topic. I had attended an amazing set of talks but creation scientists who were all degreed in science for the universities in different areas. For example, Dr. Jay Wile has a Ph.D. in nuclear chemistry from the University of Rochester.

While I was impressed with the science credentials and knowledge of many of the people that I listened to, they taught me many great facts, but not how to implement teaching creation science into my homeschool. So, I began as many other homeschool moms before me and I wrote a curriculum series.

The Creation Science Study Guides still is as relevant today as when I co-authored the series in 1994 (when our first book was published). God introduced me to a creation scientist. A geologist by degree and homeschool mom to three boys by occupation. We met by a God-incident and became friends and soon co-authors. You see, Jill Whitlock had been an atheist and had worked as an oil and well geologist for a big company. When she lost her job she found a new one at a church. When they handed her a Bible she told me that she opened it an immediately had a difference of opinion with the first sentence, “In the beginning, God created…” Jill went on to study creation for ten years before I met her.

She was able to take all those books I wrote and we used them as resources for our study guides. We wanted something parents could use with their kids with no prior science knowledge. My background was education so I could teach. I just didn’t know enough science to teach from a creationist perspective. Teaching creation science became my passion and taking difficult topics and bringing them down to basics while the kids had fun was a challenge.

First, why teach creation science? Why not? Secular books, and all public and some Christian schools teach evolution as fact. Why can’t we teach both? I’m not opposed to teaching science from an evolutionist perspective, besides a creation one. If your children are little, begin with the Bible as a foundation. Start at the beginning in Genesis and study Biblical history. This foundation helps when teaching creation science.

Give big bang theory example here.

DNA example here.

Another example in our book deals with plate tectonics. This is the divide of the continents. Have you ever looked at a map of the world and see that it could fit together into one landmass if you cut out all the continents and puzzle-pieced them together? Evolutionists claim that it took millions of years for the division of the continents from one landmass to land masses that are continents that are divided by oceans. Creationists believe the continents split, quickly as stated in Genesis 10:25 where God divided not only the lands but the languages.

For example, our study guide talks about radiohalos. A quick search online recently showed that this finding set the scientists crazy trying to refute the claims. I’ve included two links you will find helpful. The bottom line is the radiohalos are an indicator of a young earth. The question becomes, does this matter?

Evidence For:

  • http://www.halos.com/
  • https://creation.com/new-radiohalo-find-challenges-primordial-granite-claim

It matters. Why teach from only one perspective?

Here are my reasons for teaching creation science:

  1. Your kids won’t get it anywhere else.
  2. Evolution has many false findings taught as fact. Ernst Haeckel among others.
  3. I believe God created the world as he stated in Genesis.
  4. If we teach creation as a myth or allegory then that means the entire Bible is one as well.
  5. Darwin said that the fossil record would validate this theory and it never has.

If you want a series of study guides that will entertain your kids from preschool to high school I highly recommend you check out the Media Angels Creation Study Guides. They are available for immediate download on the website – all of my books for one low price and they include the study guides which are ready to go experiment sheets, games and puzzles as well as the books.

One of the great things about teaching creation science is that it is so hands-on. Your kids will love doing the activities and learning as they have fun. I do believe there is an added benefit. Creation science points to a creator God. It talks about the wonders of God’s creation and gives us awe about the world God created!


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Teaching College Test Prep

College Test Prep | Teaching college test prep can be started earlier than you think. In this interview, Felice Gerwitz and Jean Burk discuss college prep tests and the best way to get the most out of your time. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #collegetestprepTeaching College Test Prep ~ Episode 361

Teaching college test prep can be started earlier than you think. In this interview, Felice Gerwitz and Jean Burk discuss college prep tests and the best way to get the most out of your time.

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College Test Prep Starts With Tests

The two big tests are the SAT and the ACT. The SAT is created by the College Board and the ACT is created by the American College Tests. Not only can doing well open the doors to college but it can provide good scholarship money. Colleges get their rankings based on test scores. So the higher the score, the more money available for scholarships.

85% of the colleges will actually admit giving scholarship money simply based on a score. The tests are written pretty much by the same people, but they’re two different companies. So there’s definitely a crossover of information that you can use for both. Once you learn how to beat one test and pretty much use that information to beat the other.

Another test that has been around for three years is the CLT, this stands for Classic Learning Test. And this particular test is actually based on western traditions and more along what homeschool families teach. This test is offered five times a year. and is basically in about 150 colleges right now.

Staring College Test Prep Early

One of the things Jean hears at conferences as well through emails or even phone calls is a wish to start earlier. There’s a huge misconception that learning about how to take the SAT or ACT is something you do a week before the test. The problem with that is that there is no instant success. Test prep is no different. The sooner you start, the more time you have to improve, especially when we’re talking hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars scholarship money that’s out there just simply based on your test score.

Some kids begin as early as six grade, but not every sixth grader is ready. Seventh, eighth-graders and older is the perfect time to begin. When students get older they get busier especially toward the junior year. It’s very difficult to squeeze one more thing in. And usually test prep is not one of them because a lot of kids don’t want to give up something else or they can’t give up something else.

Middle school ages and grades is the time to solidify the information, you have time to internalize the strategies and shortcuts and hopefully, by the time that you are in high school, this is second nature.

Natural Test Takers:

There are kids who are really good test takers naturally they are logically minded. So it’s kind of intuitive to them. And for those students learning a few more little things can really put them over the top.

Rule Followers:

And then you have your other students who are more of what we call the rule followers. And those are the ones who need more time. They overthink everything. They read all the passages, all the questions, all the answers they go to what can happen, map and showing all their work. And for them they need more time to retrain their brains to think logically.

Must-Know College Test Prep:

  1. These tests are logic tests and they’re not about IQ or how smart your child they are designed to purposely mislead the students. And the wrong answers can be very tricky and easy to pick. And so doesn’t matter where your child is on the learning spectrum. So you want a starting point.
  2. Baseline: Go to collegeboard.org and click on practice tests. Scroll to the bottom printout, test number one, for example, have your student take it. You can score it pretty quickly with the app, by snapping a picture of it. Then you will have a baseline. This score does not reflect their GPA or who they are, know that the baseline number is typically low.
  3. An insider tip: For example, when they’re doing the reading section, as much as 75% of that passage can be completely skipped and most students are going to try to analyze it and try to interpret it and they’re gonna try to answer the questions in the order that they’ve given you, but they’re testing thinking skills. Most students will waste time on question number one.
  4. You must learn the logic behind the questions and how to rearrange them in the correct order. Good math students will often get their worst score on the math section. And that’s not because they’re not good in math, but because again, what they’re doing is they are so used to working out the problems, the long way showing every step, showing all their work and then pretty much burning up the clock by doing that.
  5. Time: For the writing portion you are given four passages, 44 questions and 35 minutes to do it in. So logistically, there’s no way you can finish. It comes out to about 47 seconds, a question plus the passages.
  6. Tests have patterns within them. You cannot study for them, you have to study the tests themselves. For example in the writing portion, there’s a pattern that occurs as much as 75% of the time where you can answer the questions in 10 seconds.
  7. It is a beatable test, you don’t have to be a genius, and average students, even students with severe disabilities, even autism, and dyslexia, dysgraphia have become national mayor’s scholars.
  8. General learning strategies can help in other tests as well just learning the general testing and strategies have helped students on other tests such as the GED, the LCFF, the MCAT, the CPA tests, real estate tests, the military, and even the FBI tests. Most standardized tests are all written very similar. In the fact that you have one objective, indisputable answer and several distractors and most tests are written where you have to understand that so that you can, like you said, eliminate by process of elimination, you can eliminate the trick answers. And so this is why I’m such a big believer and making test prep a part of your daily school.
  9. The only fair way that anyone can test everybody equally is with standardized testing because we’re all from different backgrounds, different states, different schools is your critical thinking skills.
  10. The writing portion should be taken. “Optional” should not be optional because that is the first cut at the university level if you have not taken the written portion. They look at this as one student who does the optional work and those who didn’t. In many cases, the application does not move to the next stage because they didn’t even take the time to do extra work. So it’s really important. And there are other reasons to do the optional essay.

 


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Filled with a powerful mix of faith, a twist of humor, and a ton of heart, the Kendrick Brothers return to theaters with OVERCOMER, their newest feature following FACING THE GIANTS, FIREPROOF, COURAGEOUS, and the #1 box-office hit, WAR ROOM. The inspiring family film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Shari Rigby, Cameron Arnett, and introduces Aryn Wright-Thompson.

Opening nationwide on August 23, OVERCOMER dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: what do you allow to define you?

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Teaching With Laughter

Teaching With Humor | Just thinking about teaching with humor makes me smile. I stumbled across this recently when I tried this technique first-hand. It worked! I can’t wait to share the details with you. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcastTeaching With Laughter – Episode 360

Just thinking about teaching with laughter makes me smile. I stumbled across this recently when I tried this technique first-hand. It worked! I can’t wait to share the details with you.

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We all love to laugh. Often we read things on social media that are so funny we share them with our friends. Laughter makes us happy, it reduces stress. Laughter crosses culture, all over the world people laugh. Babies even laugh before they can speak. It is a form of communication.

Teaching with Laughter has benefits!

Research shows that that laughter:

  • Increases blood flow
  • Decreases stress
  • Triggers endorphins
  • Promotes well-being

The use of humor in an education setting is beneficial and I found this out the other day. When I was working on a reading program, I found my student (aka grandson) was becoming stressed. We were pushing it to right under his frustration level in order to create new neuro-pathways. This is one of the ways to teach a child who may struggle in a specific area. We don’t want the child frustrated, so it is under this frustration level where a child will say it is too hard.

I decided to use humor to defuse the tension so I began with all the jokes I had on hand – believe me, I’m not the best teller of jokes.

  1. What time is it when the elephant sits on a fence? (Time for a new fence)
  2. Why did the man throw the clock out the window? (To see time fly) etc.

It was wonderful – he began telling me jokes and we laughed, went back to our work and they were able to get a bunch done!

Telling jokes or teaching using humorous antidotes does encourage a healthy learning environment. While humor in itself does not cause learning it does affect the brain. It causes the brain condition to fire up and get ready for learning.

You may not be a comedian – very rarely do our own kids think we are funny; we can use humor as a tool.

  1. To get your kids attention.
  2. To defuse bad behavior.
  3. Help to get their neurons to fire up.
  4. Help pave the way to learn difficult subjects.
  5. Makes learning fun.
  6. Encourage your kids to participate.
  7. Helps the kids remember the information
  8. Soothes anxiety if the child has difficulty with a subject
  9. Causes relaxation.

It is a good tool for laying groundwork for learning. But, if you are not funny – then what?

You can use the child’s names in a book you are reading. Switch out the character’s names with your children and watch them sit up and listen.

Set up a Pinterest Board –

  1. Use funny memes. (Look up.)
  2. Use video just search for funny video for kids

You are not going to use humor all the time otherwise it does not become effective.


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Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey.
Filled with a powerful mix of faith, a twist of humor, and a ton of heart, the Kendrick Brothers return to theaters with OVERCOMER, their newest feature following FACING THE GIANTS, FIREPROOF, COURAGEOUS, and the #1 box-office hit, WAR ROOM. The inspiring family film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Shari Rigby, Cameron Arnett, and introduces Aryn Wright-Thompson.

Opening nationwide on August 23, OVERCOMER dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: what do you allow to define you?

Click here to learn more!


All About Teaching

All About Teaching | What are the insights that teachers know that you don't? Believe me, not much. How do I know? Yet I can easily sum up some teaching ideas ~ 20+ that you can easily use at home.| #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #allaboutteachingAll About Teaching ~ Insider Must Know Information For Homeschoolers Episode 359

What are the insights that teachers know that you don’t? Believe me, not much. How do I know? Yet I can easily sum up some teaching ideas ~ 20+ that you can easily use at home.

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All About Teaching:

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Question: So, trick question. Ready? What is the one thing no educator, no matter what their degree is –  has that you don’t have?

Answer: You have more love for your kids then any teacher could possibly have. Therefore you want what is best for your children and homeschooling is one way that you can be sure your children learns what is most important.

Teaching Tips:

If you’ve decided to homeschool you’ve been over the homeschool laws in your state and fielded questions on socialization. Believe me, homeschool kids don’t have the public / private school’s kids fear of peers and they won’t have the struggles most kids have of feeling they can’t say anything or people will think they are dumb! My five homeschooled kids did not have filters.

They could easily converse with adults or peers and had no difficulty ordering in a restaurant or asking for more ketchup at a fast-food counter. They are all pretty self-sufficient. Down to doing their own laundry and cooking. We made life skills part of their homeschool with chore and responsibility charts.

I never regretted one moment of homeschooling my children or the co-ops where I taught a group of children.

In my homeschool journey, I met people who homeschooled for religious reasons (we didn’t start that way, but ended up that way), those who wanted their children to know their native language as well as English and music as a prerequisite to every other subject, and those who played sports or travelled extensively. I also met people whose sole purpose was for their children to attend an Ivy League College.

Every one of those people (no judgments here) had a reason for homeschooling that was unique and different. So, just because you are listening to this podcast on teaching doesn’t mean you have to agree with every single point, but I do hope it is beneficial for you!

  • A statement of faith is a wonderful using scripture or a family statement of honor
  • Start with prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance, and memory work age-appropriate
  • Curriculum
  • Homeschool Method
  • Schedule. A list of books, time to teach, etc.
  • Don’t try to duplicate school at home
  • Organize your supplies, books, and materials. Here are some resources on dejunking, time management, organization secrets
  • Plan Outings
  • Plan Your Year Ahead
  • Public Speaking
  • Resources -charts, books biographies, this podcast website!
  • Field Trips
  • Look around you! Everything is school.
  • Online resources and classes.

Teaching techniques:

I had an amazing college instructor or taught us to find the answers rather than to memorize the work. While this was important pre-dating the digital age in our children’s case it is important to understand that information is important and the application of information is key. Someday our kids will have jobs and the idea that we can find everything online precludes learning. Why remember what we can find with a click of a button. We do not want the information to be dumbed down!

Teaching is basically easy, and people tend to make it difficult.

  • Experiential learning and hands-on for little kids with phonics, and multiple modalities
  • Reading – reading – reading! Silent and out loud. Kids love it.
  • Interest-based learning – allow kids to explore.
  • Teaching using memorization and charts
  • Prepare by reading ahead in textbooks, etc.
  • Student prepared to teach.
  • Textbooks and workbooks/questions that are answered.
  • Unit study. Topic immersion.
  • Presentations.

 

Raising Spiritually Strong Kids

Raising Spiritually Strong Kids | In today's climate raising spiritually strong kids has become much more difficult. In this episode, Felice shares some foolproof ways (yes, this is a big promise) and solutions to steering your kids on the path of love, honor, friendship, integrity, compassion, and faith. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #faithandkidsRaising Spiritually Strong Kids Episode 358

In today’s climate raising spiritually strong kids has become much more difficult. In this episode, Felice shares some foolproof ways (yes, this is a big promise) and solutions to steering your kids on the path of love, honor, friendship, integrity, compassion, and faith.

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Okay, roll up your sleeves we are going to talk basics here – and yes, this works, but it takes work. Pun intended.

Parenting is not for the faint of heart, we’ve heard this over and over again, but it is also not for the lazy, the parent who won’t get up off the couch to discipline a child, or worse yet, a parent who insists on raising free-range kids. Spoiler alert! Free-range kids grow up and they aren’t people that you want to be around!

What do spoiled, undisciplined or free-range kids grow up to be? Adults.

Just from personal experience, I know some of these adults and they know it all, can’t be corrected, are never wrong and don’t apologize. Do you know any of these people? Many, but of course not all are devoid of spirituality.

I’m all for letting kids explore, get dirty, and investigate the world around them, but I am also a realist that knows that at some point I have to let go and let my child, a product of their environment? Psychology calls this nature versus nurture and this has to do with human behavior. The question is human behavior formation is determined by the environment or is it determined by genetics, something we are hard-wired or predisposed to – our biological factors. I personally believe it is a combination of the two.

Kids are going to do what they see you do, not what you tell them they should do. (Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.)

Here is a quick synopsis of Raising Spiritually Strong Kids

  1. Teach them that God did indeed create the world. Not some cosmic mistake.
  2. Pray – teach them to listen to the still, small voice of God. 1 Kinges 19:11-13
  3. Teach them to have a relationship with God.
  4. Read the Bible.
  5. Praise the Lord. Everyday.
  6. Sing/play Christian music.
  7. Surround yourself with Christian art.
  8. Allow your kids to ask you questions
  9. Read Christian books.
  10. Allow faith to become their faith as they grow older.

Spiritually strong kids are the ones who have a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. I don’t care what Christian denomination you adhere to if your kids don’t have a strong relationship with the Lord they won’t stay strong when they are under pressure to change. Kids are influenced by their peer group. (Story here.)

If Jesus walked in the door, would you drop everything and follow Him?

If you want your kids to pray – teach them how to pray.
If you want your kids to hear God’s voice – teach them how to hear God’s voice. (A thought, a direction to a Scripture in answer to a question, or silence – God is listening. I promise.)
If you want your kids to read the Bible – show them by reading the Bible.
If you want your kids to pray for others – show them by praying for others, closing your eyes, laying on hands (scripture) and pray to the Lord from the heart!

Teach your kids to study the Bible, do a Bible study with your kids. (Homeschooling with Proverbs).
Read faith-filled books to your children. The lives of the Saints, Missionaries, Martyrs for the faith.
Watch movies with faith content -Overcomer. (Cleaning people story.)

You can’t be faint-hearted about this, friends, your kid’s spiritual lives are in danger. The world pulls on them from music to television, video, computer games and more! We need an army of spiritually strong Christian kids. And, it starts with you at home.

 


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Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey.
Filled with a powerful mix of faith, a twist of humor, and a ton of heart, the Kendrick Brothers return to theaters with OVERCOMER, their newest feature following FACING THE GIANTS, FIREPROOF, COURAGEOUS, and the #1 box-office hit, WAR ROOM. The inspiring family film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Shari Rigby, Cameron Arnett, and introduces Aryn Wright-Thompson.

Opening nationwide on August 23, OVERCOMER dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: what do you allow to define you?

Click here to learn more!


Raising Honorable Kids

Raising Honorable Kids | Raising honorable kids takes work, it doesn't happen overnight! Here are some great tips. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #UHPNVHM – Raising Honorable Kids ~ Episode 357

Raising honorable kids takes work, it doesn’t happen overnight! In every generation, I am sure that grandparents comment that they are happy not to be raising kids in this “present” time due to all the horrible things that are happening. In today’s episode, we will discuss some of the pressing concerns for today’s parents along with real help.

Thanks to our sponsor – The Movie Overcomer – as we record this episode the movie won’t be out until August 23, 2019, however – it is not to be missed and is already on my list of movies to purchase!  OVERCOMER dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: what do you allow to define you?

I’m so blessed to promote this movie to all of you!

Every parent fears the will ruin their kids from time to time. As a homeschooling parent, we think, oh my gosh! We are going to miss some part of their education. We run from place to place to be sure our kids don’t miss out on socialization or any of the activities we want them to learn. We want well-rounded kids, kids that are great students and of course, honorable children who love the Lord. Right?

However, you are the perfect parent for your child. Why? Because God doesn’t make mistakes. We make mistakes by our choices or lack of action in working to deal with discipline problems.

Raising Honorable Kids Insights:  Read Blog Post here for more.

  1. Kids pick up more from what you do, parents should model good behavior.
  2. Association – who are your kids around? Are they good role models?
  3. Studying people who are honorable.

 


Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor -Overcomer Movie

Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey.
Filled with a powerful mix of faith, a twist of humor, and a ton of heart, the Kendrick Brothers return to theaters with OVERCOMER, their newest feature following FACING THE GIANTS, FIREPROOF, COURAGEOUS, and the #1 box-office hit, WAR ROOM. The inspiring family film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Shari Rigby, Cameron Arnett, and introduces Aryn Wright-Thompson.

Opening nationwide on August 23, OVERCOMER dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: what do you allow to define you?

Click here to learn more!


6 Homeschooling Insider Tips

Homeschooling Insider Tips | Deanna homeschooled for many years and she is here to share her homeschooling insider tips. With kids who have different temperaments and learning styles and even with challenges, she graduated her four children. Join Deanna Cauthen-Johnson and Felice Gerwitz. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #homeschoolingDeanna homeschooled for many years and she is here to share her homeschooling insider tips. With kids who have different temperaments and learning styles and even with challenges, she graduated her four children. Join Deanna Cauthen-Johnson and Felice Gerwitz.

6 Homeschooling Insider Tips – Episode 356

Homeschooling is a calling and there is a reason that there are over one million (closer to two) that are homeschooled just in the United States. Add to that the percentage of college-bound kids who are homeschooled is impressive, with stats are high! See more information on HSLDA’s website here.

Every day moms and dads keep the trend going and those who care deeply about not only the academic side of things but the spiritual as well go to great lengths to continue to school their children despite adversity and all odds. One such person is Deanna Cauthen-Johnson who homeschooled despite the odds against her. Here is a wonderful interview with Deanna, not a “graduated” homeschool mom with adult children, who shares her homeschooling insider tips with us.

Here are Deanna’s Top Homeschooling Insider’s Tips:

    • Persevere
    • Homeschooling isn’t easy, but be in it for the long haul.
    • Homeschooling is not a sprint but a marathon
    • Some things take time, be patient
    • Realize burnout happens, keep with it.
  1. Teachable Spirit
    • Being teachable yourself
    • You don’t have to know all the answers
    • Kids are different, what works for one doesn’t work for another
    • Be willing to listen to others
    • Build Good and lasting relationships
  2. Develop your Passion
    • Moms can develop their passions as well as the kids
    • Developed a passion for teaching other homeschool kids
    • Volunteer and develop your gifts
    • God opens doors
  3. Trust God To Provide
    • God provides jobs when needed
    • God provided to continue homeschooling
    • Be open to God’s gifting
  4. Homeschool Communities
    • Helpful environment for parents and kids
    • Wonderful friendships with like-minded people
    • Supportive community
  5. Homeschooling: A God Given Task
    • Most satisfying opportunity ever
    • Be faithful, and God will do the rest
    • Keep the course, temporary setbacks will be overcome
    • No regrets!

 

About Our Special Guest Deanna Cauthen:

Homeschooling Insider Tips | Deanna homeschooled for many years and she is here to share her homeschooling insider tips. With kids who have different temperaments and learning styles and even with challenges, she graduated her four children. Join Deanna Cauthen-Johnson and Felice Gerwitz. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #homeschooling

 


Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor -Overcomer Movie

Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey.
Filled with a powerful mix of faith, a twist of humor, and a ton of heart, the Kendrick Brothers return to theaters with OVERCOMER, their newest feature following FACING THE GIANTS, FIREPROOF, COURAGEOUS, and the #1 box-office hit, WAR ROOM. The inspiring family film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Shari Rigby, Cameron Arnett, and introduces Aryn Wright-Thompson.

Opening nationwide on August 23, OVERCOMER dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: what do you allow to define you?

Click here to learn more!


 

Emotions Affect Learning

Emotions Effect Learning | Do you realize that negative emotions can impair the ability of your child to learn? Today, our expert guest, Jessica Parnell - CEO Bridgeway Academy joins Felice Gerwitz. Jessica explains what this means and how you can use this knowledge to teach your children effectively. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #bridgewayproudDo you realize a person’s emotions affect learning? Stay tuned to this special episode with Jessica Parnell, CEO of Bridgeway Academy.

Emotions Affect Learning – Episode 355

Today we will focus on home emotions affect learning. Do you realize that negative emotions can impair the ability of your child to learn? Today, our expert guest, Jessica Parnell – CEO Bridgeway Academy joins Felice Gerwitz. Jessica explains what this means and how you can use this knowledge to teach your children effectively.

Are you looking for help for the upcoming school year with a curriculum that will be a great fit for your children? Custom curriculum designs and online classes. Thanks to our sponsor! Bridgeway Academy

Here is the first podcast – Tap Into Your Learning Potential with Jessica Parnell – a lot of great explanation about terminology.

Some of the questions we discussed:

  1. What part of the brain is affected by emotions?
  2. Can a child who is frustrated or upset learn?
  3. How do we help kids settle down when their emotions are high?
  4. What are some ways we can help kids reappraise?

When we are upset our brains are set for fight or flight, Kids who are struggling are approaching learning with stress and it can compound when our emotions rise. We can’t think when we are angry, and often things are said in anger that would never be said when we are calm.

When you are emotional – you can not think.

What triggers emotion? We need to be aware of this because it is different for everyone. A difficult subject can trigger an emotional response. Driving in traffic is another trigger for an adult. Think about it and think about your children and when they get upset.

Emotions and Learning;

  1. Threat to status
  2. Uncertainty – lack of certainty can put kids on edge. Consistency is important. With certainty, the child has an understanding of what he/she is supposed to do, and children need certainty to feel secure. You are meeting a child where they are.
  3. Autonomy – one of the greatest gift we can give to our children is ownership. Letting them step up to do things, this gives them a sense of autonomy and preparing them for life! It will short circuit an emotional trigger that may lead to a lack of self-control. Staying ahead can help them build the tools to keep them under self-control.

Calm Kids

  1. One strategy is labeling. Speak what they are feeling, this engages the thinking part of their brain which dampens emotions. This also encourages self-control
  2. Help kids refrain from what they are doing. Time for a break Refrain from the emotional outburst. Sometimes we battle to get a lesson completed.
  3. Stop and come back to it later

Emotions Effect Learning And Battles Don’t Help!

  1. When we battle it doesn’t help kids to stay calm, or have self-control
  2. Don’t push it – but do come back to it.
  3. When emotions are high kids can’t comprehend.
  4. When emotions are high parents and kids become tense and affect the household

What works:

  1. Sometimes changing the schedule really helps.
  2. Do come back to it after the kids have moved around, this helps their learning

Remember:

  1. Our kids have been designed for a purpose.
  2. Philippians 4:8 – One of Jessica’s favorite verse.
  3. We can program ourselves to look at our kids in a negative way and instead of a positive way
  4. We need to discipline those things that are not good, but we don’t want to use the negative to identify our children

Reappraisal Helps Our Kids Control Emotions

  1. Strategy for helping our kids get under control, it is a cognitive change. When our kids do get under control they suppress emotions (emotion is still there and there is pressure) instead of reappraising.
  2. Change through a cognitive change – what will we do to shift that emotion to something else. Allows thinking clearly.
  3. When frustrated make a cognitive change that can be taking a break. Let’s talk about it and talk about approaching it first. It helps us when we are under stress.
  4. Reappraisal dampens our emotions. We don’t need to be upset.

If you have trouble getting emotions under control

  1. The number way to regulate emotions is to control yourself.
  2. Use these tools
  3. Talk to someone
  4. Get a support network
  5. When the home is calm it makes all the difference in your homeschool efforts.

Jessica Parnell, CEO Bridgestone Academy | #bridgestoneproud

More about Bridgeway Academy:

Bridgeway was founded in 1989 in response to the need for more freedom in education and the protection that accreditation offers for homeschooling families. Since then, more than 30,000 K-12 students and many charter and brick-and-mortar schools have made Bridgeway their trusted education partner. We are passionate about providing individualized educational solutions.

With an accredited homeschool program, we ensure that our students’ hard work is recognized, that they have access to coveted scholarships and that their future is wide open. Bridgeway is committed to the highest level of service, support, and academics, which is why we have worked hard to obtain accreditation through AdvancEd, NCA CASI, and The National Association of Private Schools.

Bridgeway’s programs are designed to empower students to learn how and when is best for them. We weave flexibility into every area of our programs, including scheduling, teaching, learning, and course selection. So, whether families are seeking an alternative to public schools, have a child with special needs who needs more, or are nurturing an elite athlete with a highly-demanding schedule, Bridgeway has designed flexible, customized homeschool programs that put families’ needs first.

We offer a-la-carte course and kits including all-inclusive curriculum kits, Live Online Classes and self-paced courses.

We also offer a wide variety of our “Total Care” packages through our academy.  Each Total Care Package is tailored to how a child learns best and includes everything the family needs for their best year. All curriculum, all grades and records, with the support of an academic advisor each step of the way.


Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor -Bridgeway Academy!

Bridgeway Academy was founded in 1989 in response to the need for more freedom in education as well as the protection that accreditation offers for homeschooling families. Since then, more than 30,000 K–12 students, and many charter and brick-and-mortar schools, have made Bridgeway Academy their trusted education partner.

As part of our commitment to personalized homeschooling, we are proud to offer both secular and Christian options for homeschool families, charter schools, state organizations, co-ops, athletic organizations, arts schools, and others who seek flexible education options for their families.

Click here to learn more!