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Elimination Diet

Elimination Diet | Detox diet helps weight loss and it works! #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #diet #eliminationdiet Elimination Diet Episode 303

So, friends, I began the elimination diet the first of October thinking this was a great idea to lose some weight before the holiday binge-eating begins! It has worked fabulously well. In this episode, I’m going to report in at week two and share the ups and downs of healthy eating. But the best news? I lost 8 lbs.!

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I’ve done other podcasts on healthy eating and for the most part, I’ve accomplished many of my previous goals and I have to thank you, my listeners,for the help. Since I’m going public I have the motivation because I podcast about this journey.

For those of you who struggle with weight loss ,t here are many diets out there that promise results but few deliver. Basically ,w eight loss has a key ingredient that is missing in most diets. Today I will share with you these keys as well as some options for healthy eating. The biggest threat to our health is GMOs – that stands for genetically modified organisms. If you do only one thing for your family health today is look for products that say GMO free! Even teas my have GMOs. I’ll have a link later on that is worth viewing.

So, weight loss takes work! As a busy mom, homeschool mom and more it is not a great idea to start one more thing, right? Wrong. Moms so many of us walk around feeling horrible and tired all the time. When I was in my early 30’s I could barely keep my eyes open after lunch to listen to the my two kids read. I’d fall asleep with them prodding me awake. It didn’t help that our reading corner was on the floor in the corner, with comfy bean bag chairs! I realized it was my diet. As a busy mom, lunch time meant gto rab a quick sandwich and eat standing up while my kids watched a 30 minute educational video and I took out the load of laundry, folded it and put in another load.

While I accomplished much each day, I was so tired. I was also at my lowest weight. Thinner than in college! Yet, my calories for the most part were empty. When I had my third child I was flagged with low iron and the nurse suggested Cream of Wheat cereal – preferable to me than the iron pills that made me sick. I loved cream of wheat with milk, sugar and a sprinkle of cinnamon! Definitely not a low calorie treat. And, I watched my iron numbers rise until I was out of risk.

Food has such an impact on our health and what we eat is not different. So, here is what you do. And, don’t shoot the messenger, this isn’t fun.

  1. Write down everything you eat and drink for a three day (or a week) span and take a look at any empty calories.
  2. What can you eliminate right off the bat? Any sugary drinks (even diet drinks are not good for you – and today I will not get into my rant about those).
  3. Chips, cookies, candy bars?
  4. Sugary “healthy snacks” – yogurt, etc.
  5. No sugary drinks and no… wait for it, coffee!

The key to dieting is as follows:

  1. Mindset – are you serious about losing weight or just getting healthy?
  2. Lifestyle change. Do you think that what you eat has an impact on your health? If so what are you going to do about this/
  3. It takes time to shop, cook and plan. Are you willing to give healthy eating the time to learn and implement these changes?

Here is what I did, I eliminated the following foods from my diet. Dairy, some meats (like steak, roasts, etc.), night shades (no tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, etc.), all sugar (even diet alternatives like stevia), no coffee, corn, glutens/wheat, soy, peanuts

What can I eat? I thought it would be easy to show you a comparison list of alternatives:

  1. Dairy – Almond, Coconut etc. No cheese unless it is free of words like gum, and preservatives. Even gluten free cheeses are off limits right now.
  2. Meats – chicken and ground beef. Portion size? What fits in the palm of your hand. And grilled fish.
  3. Vegetables – broccoli, cauliflower, kale, spinach, lettuce, onions, asparagus, bok choy, etc.
  4. Lots of water and green tea in the morning – that is my coffee alternative right now. Once a day I drink a large glass approx. 16oz. of water with 1-2 teaspoons of Braggs apple cider vinegar.
  5. Fruit: berries are fine. I purchased a bag of organic frozen veggies for smoothies.
  6. Gluten free flours such as almond, etc.
  7. Some nuts like almonds, cashews or walnuts.
  8. Condiments – must be gluten free and sugar free. I stick to balsamic vinegar, olive oil, coconut oil, and grapeseed oils, ghee is a good substitute for butter.

You may want to know what I am eating. It is not all salads although typically I love Caesar salad with grilled chicken or steak. Since steak is off limits right right now.

For breakfast:

Smoothie with almond milk and organic fruit or 2 eggs fried with ghee

Lunch:

Stir fried vegetables – I make this in a large batch and heat up small portions for lunch; salad with olives, hearts of palm, onions, raw veggies, cooked beets – with a sprinkle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Sometimes I’ll add a small piece of grilled chicken.

Soup – bone broth chicken home made with carrots and shredded chicken.

Dinner:

Grilled chicken

Small hamburger patty — grilled

Baked fish with ghee, salt and pepper with a squirt of lemon

Sides: asparagus, mixed veggies, beets or avocado.

So far I haven’t been bored with the food. I try to batch cook like I do for family meals. It is so much easier for me, working from home to heat things up as needed and assemble a quick salad. I wash salads in batches. One of the best tools for the home is a salad spinner. It gets all of the water out of the lettuce and is great.

I use essential oils, especially Bergamont that is great for relaxing. I purchase them from DoTerra. I also take 4-Life Supplements and here is the detox supplements I used called the Digest4Life Reset System– which are great!

One last thing – please watch some YouTube videos about GMOs – I know some of them are long. But it is important to your health. I’m just sorry that some of the non-GMO foods are so expensive. I wish they were not. Not all GMO foods are labeled something I believe is very important. The video will teach you how to identify GMO produce, even organic.

Friends, our health is important so we can take care of our families and ourselves. I’ve had five kids, my father lived with me for 12 years before he died and I have a houseful of grandkids at least one time a week! To keep up our energy and stay healthy it is more than just eating supplements, although those are important!


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10 Reasons Why Homeschooling Works

10 Reasons Why Homeschooling Works – Episode 302

Homeschooling works. It has been decades since the homeschool movement began in the modern world and we know it works. In this podcast, with Meredith Curtis and Felice Gerwitz, we discuss what you can expect — great expectations in homeschooling and why homeschool works!

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Stress-Free Life

Stress-Free Fall Activities For Kids

As homeschoolers, we expect the best from our kids and they over-deliver when they are raised in a nurturing environment that encourages our kids to be the best! In a low-pressure homeschool, environment kids thrive. Here are some of our top favorite reasons of why homeschooling works!

  1. Keeping the family together Together means getting to get along. Knowing what our kids are doing is important.
  2. This is also the way that royalty raises children to rule – for the kingdom of God. They are schooled separately from their peers. We live in a republic so we don’t think of kingdoms – but there are many kingdoms in the world – they raise their children to rule their nations. Children were taught Latin, Greek, History, Science, they learned to communicate and be to be poised. It was private and exclusive
  3. Homeschoolers have a chance to used hand picked curriculum –
    1. We can focus on Christian content
    2. We can teach the Bible – whatever we want that is necessary to our faith
    3. We can select books that helped our children to explore their interests
  4. The student can move at their own pace
    1. Math – you can move at your pace to move on
    2. You are not restricted by grade level
  5. You have time to think –
    1. You can arrange your schedule to allow your children time to focus on interests
    2. You can give them the
  6. Spend less of your time on academic time
    1. Get down sooner in hours
    2. More time to explore
    3. Time to finish their work
    4. No homework
  7. Field Trips
    1. Hands-on learning
    2. Visit amazing places that are open at odd times with less people
    3. Vacations – trips and fun things!
  8. Read Real Books
    1. Read authentic books that withstand the test of time.
    2. Original sources
    3. Read the Constitution
  9. Time for lessons
    1. Time for learning music lessons
    2. Time for sports
  10. Instills Confidence
    1. Kids may be shy – small and steady increments
    2. Gives the kids support and allowed the kids with a nurturing environment
    3. Go from being shy to then giving speeches

 


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Stress-Free Homeschool Tips

15 Stress Free homeschool Tips | Here are some great 15 stress free homeschool tips that will help! #stressfree-homeschool tips @stress-free-homeschool tips #podcast #homeschool #homeschoolpodcast15 Stress-Free Homeschool Tips Episode 301

Homeschooling is wonderful, but homeschooling can be stressful. Here are 15 stress-free homeschool tips. In this month’s series, we are discussing stress busters … and one of the things in busting stress and having a stress free home is really looking at your homeschool and figuring out what stresses you!

Some of us can work with clutter surrounding us, focus and get the job done. Others can not move until everything is in it’s place. One of my children says he can’t think when it is messy and truthfully that is me!  Just the thought of cleaning up the clutter can stress us. I’ve learned some tried and true ideas and ways to keep the stress level down as well as some amazing tips that can help you in your homeschool some on a daily basis.

Remember friends, one of the reasons to homeschool is to experience and really dive into subjects that matter to you and your children. It is a chance for your children to learn at their own pace. For two of my children that meant taking two years to finish one highschool math text, for another of my children, it meant writing three adventure novels that I published through my Media Angels company and for another two it meant dual enrollment credits before highschool and one of those entered college at 18 as a Junior!

It is not a one size fits all – or as my kids say – one size fits most! It is a time to enjoy your children use what works and tweak until you find out what works best for you and your family!

I recorded a podcast on learning what stresses you and how you can analyze and remove these. In addition, these 15 stress-free homeschool tips will help you in your journey. These are my favorite tips from all of my years of homeschooling. In order to continue with our vision and purpose for homeschooling we often look to things to help us, and in this way, I pray this podcast is helpful to you!

15 stress-free homeschool tips – see if you can add to this list.

  1. Look around. Clutter leads to stress.
  2. Personal dry erase boards – for those kids that need to doodle or draw on everything.
  3. Electric pencil sharpener. This is a must.
  4. Pencil erasers and hand erasers.
  5. Each kid has their own colored pencils, crayons and markers.
  6. Individual totes/ bins/ desks
  7. Shelf your books in subjects – then in the books you will use this coming year. If you get all your books ahead of time, it is so easy to walk to the shelf.
  8. Keep notebooks of a sampling of completed work – do this each week.
  9. Plan educational movie days
  10. Extracurricular – sports and lessons
  11. Listen to the podcasts on UHRN – Homeschool Sanity, Hal and Melanie Young, Peaceful Mom Talk, and of course this show!
  12. Backup plan –  I had a folder of printables just for times when I needed something to keep a child busy when I finished with someone else. If you have different grade levels you’ll need to keep several folders.
  13. Support group – IRL – in real life
  14. Field trips
  15. Teacher planning days

 

 


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Stress Free Fall Activities for Kids

Stress-free Fall Activities for Kids | 50 stress fall activities to enjoy with your kids. | #stressfree #fallactivities Stress-Free Fall Activities for Kids Episode 300

There are so many stress-free activities for kids that I’m happy to share with you and some suggestions for examining the stress in your life and ways to combat this. On the show notes page, I have a previous podcast on asking yourself ten questions to examine where the stress comes from and ways to combat the stress.

For me, one reason I stress is because that I overplan. Once I turn the calendar and see all the ways that stress happens,  I turn the calendar and think, oh my gosh it is October, it’s soon Thanksgiving and now Christmas is around the corner, instead of taking a deep breath, enjoying the cooler weather and making a cup of hot cocoa and snuggling up to read a book with the kids.

  1. So, before we begin – I’d like you to ask yourself a list of questions about stress and I happened to create a podcast on that very subject. The link is HERE

I typically take on more than I can handle. We homeschool moms are so competent and we can get so much done in such a little bit of time until it doesn’t happen. I was a volunteer at some many different places and until my husband got my attention and I wisely listened my life was one race after another to accomplish.

I realized that I had to have more patience with myself. I’m an idea person – I want to act on my ideas rather than sit on them and pray about them! I needed to put things in priority and that helped me tremendously.

During the fall, there were so many things I wanted the children to experience and places I wanted to visit somewhere that has fall leaves, make cookies, study seasons, work on scrapbooks, do art projects, etc. etc. Just trying to fit in school and all these extra things became overwhelming – and hence the stress crept in!

So… here are some ideas that will really help keep the stress to a minimum!

  1. Be Thankful
  2. Wear fall colors
  3. Visit a pumpkin patch
  4. Carve a pumpkin
  5. Bake a pumpkin and puree
  6. Go for a hike
  7. hayride
  8. paint a fall scene
  9. Attend community events – mostly free
  10. Tailgate
  11. Take a drive viewing the fall leaves
  12. Make a pinecone bird feeder
  13. Bake bread
  14. Jump in a pile of leaves
  15. make apple pie – or apple sauce
  16. make soup!
  17. Build a camp fire – roast marshmallows
  18. Display pinecones with tiny lights
  19. Play a game of two-hand touch football.
  20. Go to a fall harvest event
  21. Football game – at home, play flag football
  22. Roast Sm’ores
  23. Pine cone bird feeders
  24. Do a good deed
  25. Pick Apple
  26. Make Apple Dumplings – watch Apple Dumpling Gang
  27. Backyard Fall Party – pot luck
  28. Fall Scavenger hunt – look around your yard or go to the park and walk around. Check out some things to add to your list.
  29. Bake gingerbread cookies – soft chew or roll out and bake
  30. Eat apple chips
  31. popcorn balls
  32. Tree rubbings
  33. I spy fall items (in car or walk)
  34. Collect and identify leaves
  35. Learn about trees whose leaves fall
  36. Learn about evergreens
  37. Learn how to press leaves/ flowers
  38. Toast pumpkin seeds
  39. Make pumpkin bread with real pumpkins
  40. Check out the evening sky. Stargaze.
  41. Study the night sky in different seasons.
  42. Make Fall leaf centerpiece with nature walk items.
  43. Taste different types of apple – think about crispness, sweet, tart, color, shape, etc.
  44. Leaves – green works best on paper and paper towel – hit with a hammer
  45. Leaves between wax paper, iron
  46. Write 5 things fall means to me
  47. Study seasons and compare and contrast.
  48. Thumbprint art with a fall theme
  49. Make butternut squash and pumpkin soup.
  50. Decorate your home with fall items.

 

Hopefully, these ideas will help you have a stress free fall and enjoy the time with your children.

Stress-Free Life

Stress-Free Life | Ask yourself these ten questions in order to help you identify stress. #stressfree @stress-free-life #podcast #homeschool #homeschoolpodcastStress-Free Life Episode 299

Is it possible to have a stress-free homeschool life? Let’s see, how has worry ever changed the outcomes? After over thirty years of homeschooling and my share of worry, I realized there were some unanswered questions and I needed to look at these questions and realize they were impacting my homeschool life as well as my stress level. Today I want to challenge you! Yes, you can live a life with much less stress, and one way is to identify the things that stress you and work on ways to make adjustments.

How do we stress? In so many different ways and the amazing thing is sometimes we don’t even realize we are stressed. I didn’t even know I was stressing until my jaw was aching and the inside of my cheeks were raw! My body knew I was stressed but apparently, I was too focused on the stress to check out the way my body was reacting to stress.

This is stress-free month on the Vintage Homeschool Moms’ show and when I was working on my podcasts I realized that I needed to address stress but more importantly ways to alleviate stress in your life and home. So, I came up with a list of questions you can ask yourself when dealing with stress. And, not only that … I created a pdf that you can print out and use to answer the questions. And, here is a thought – you can do this with your children or your spouse. It is a wonderful way to get to the bottom of the things that bother you.

Ask yourself these questions to identify the cause of stress:

  1. What are you afraid of? (Is this a present or future issue?)
    1. Sometimes we focus on the future and that overwhelms us. Take one thing at a time or write these things down and that will help.
  2. Is this something you can control?
    1. If it is, then how can you make a change in your to-do list or your obligations. Just say no.
  3. If this is, can you do it later or over time?
    1. We think we need to accomplish everything now. Sometimes bite-sized pieces over time can help us from being stressed.
  4. What can’t I control?
    1. We stress over things outside of our control. For example WHAT OTHERS THINK, politics or some other issue that is out of our control other than prayer. We can not control what people think and we have to focus on our own family. Let it go!
  5. Will worry help?
    1. What have you worried about that was changed due to the fact that you worried? Will worry change the outcome?
  6. What can you do to alleviate the worry?
    1. If you are worried and it is overwhelming do you have a go-to list of things that will work? Using an essential oil like Lavender or Bergamot. Taking a walk, talking to a friend.
  7. Is there anything you can remove from your to-do list. Even if it is just for a season?
    1. I had to resign from a group that put on plays for homeschoolers – my kids loved it but it was overtaking my free time and our homeschool time. Then I was stressing we couldn’t get our school work completed. After resigning I had such peace.
  8. Is there anyone to help you?
    1. Trade with a friend or if you have children you can work out a rotation of help. Talk to your spouse.
  9. Is there anything that can take something off your to-do list?
    1. I decide not to send out Christmas cards to anyone outside of my family. Another very hard decision but sending out cards was a huge source of holiday stress for me. Another friend gave up holiday baking.
  10. What activities cause me stress and how can you eliminate them?
    1. Are you trying to get too much completed in too short of a time? Look at the activities that stress you and figure out how to cut back.

The only way to have a stress free life it to rely totally on the Lord for everything. My mother used to say, “How will you feel about that (insert problem here) in two years?” That was telling. Typically it was about something not important and my mom knew how to put things in perspective for me.

In addition, I’d like you to ask yourself if something you can control – like your to-do list or your activity list must stay on the list, what are the Pros and Cons? Why do you still think you need to keep doing things that obviously stress you out!

I hope this podcast has helped. I didn’t focus on ways to overcome stress because I have several podcasts on this topic and I’ll put links in the show notes, upcoming.

As a Christian, I know that the Lord has been so evident in my life in so many ways. I recently wrote a book about some choices I made in my life, entitled “One More Child” and I hope to release the book in October of 2018 – writing this book was one of the hardest things I’ve done, however, it has been one of the best things in that I could see God’s hand in my life. I highly recommend you write your autobiography and with an eye to God’s providence! When you see how many times that God has provided in your life, this should give you hope that you too can life a life with less stress by relying on Him!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parenting In A Media Saturated World

Parenting In A Media Saturated World | Are you sick of parenting in a world where media takes over your child's life? Solutions available. #podcast #homeschool #homeschoolpodcast #parenting #parentinginamediasaturatedworldParenting In A Media-Saturated World Episode 298

Parenting is tough but parenting in a media saturated world increases the difficulty level in spades! Parenting in a media-saturated world is definitely a love-hate relationship. I love my devices. It is easy to create a book using word processing and a computer. We can buy graphics online with a click of a button, and you can use apps to buy, read or listen to this podcast.

While I personally use the toys for convenience (think GPS) it doesn’t mean I like them and what they are doing to kids who are media saturated. In this podcast, I want to discuss some ways we can use media to our advantage without checking our humanity in at the door. Too strong? Maybe.

Parenting in a Media-Saturated World? Oh yes it is difficult!

Yes, we can use electronics and media in our homeschools but not to the detriment of books! Media today is small enough to carry in our pockets. My kids use it all the time to look up things, instantly. I refuse to use the automated voice on the phone to help me — and even when I told my children about a study that showed looking up information on your phone increases the chances that you will not remember the data because you don’t think it is necessary – it gives me pause – but not them. Their thinking is that you don’t need to know the information, you can just look it up!

Parenting with technology is a two-edged sword!

I found a study conducted in 2010 by the Japanese where they discussed some key elements of concern. The first was their country ranked number one in media usage when it comes to kids. They did a study on the child and parent relationship as well as how an overuse of media can effect the children physically as well as academically.

The conclusion to this paper was that media saturation caused kids to have underdeveloped muscles, such as leg muscles that were much weaker. This was reflected in the tendency to lose balance and fall. They also spoke about muscle strength in the torso, necessary for stamina. Poor eyesight and the underdeveloped stereo-vision was cited as something that is developed by playing outdoors. Underdeveloped autonomic nerves that regulate temperature and blood pressure as well as the five senses being at risk. Interestingly the study pointed out something that media overuse means less interaction with family and friends which results in immature communication skills.

Nothing we don’t already know! However another study went on to explain that brain abnormality was shown due to prolonged use – and truthfully this study was complex. The bottom line was pointing to an inability to control emotions, regulate desires, show empathy to others and anticipate needs.

I found another study that explained the time when media could do the most harm is during adolescence since this is a time of increased risk-taking.

I want to read you the following and you can find the adolescent study with a link on the VHM page- episode 298 – Parenting in a Media Saturated world. LINK HERE https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-018-03126-x

The current way to demonstrate this IS excessive or unlimited self-disclosure or sexting! We all wonder what the heck kids think when they do this type of thing!

We all want to be socially accepted but when the kids deal with social media the importance becomes increased.

This is a great infographic that depicts usage.

Another graphic is from Common Sense Media here.

Kurt Cameron – Media Discernment   

Kurt Cameron – Media Discernment – 2

So, what can a parent do? Especially those of us who are so dependent on our devices?

I think the answer is clear – and it takes strength in parenting as well as a willingness to follow through.

Do:

    1. Educate yourself about social media and media overload.
    2. Family Rules. Limit screen time. Set parameters. Do you have family rules? Ours are simple. Do what we say while you are living here!
    3. Computer use in common family areas only.
    4. Have your kids tell you the dangers and consequences of social media, watching inappropriate shows, etc. Rule: Would you feel comfortable having Jesus watch whatever it is with you?
    5. A family “fast” from electronics – lead by example.
    6. Encourage outdoor activities, sports or hobbies that require movement.
    7. Compromise – video games, ugg – but I had to compromise with two of my sons who love them.
    8. Encourage family interaction. Game-day, board games, etc.
    9. Use your internet settings. Did you know you have power parents? You can set your kids phones, their devices and your wifi to turn off. If you don’t know how to, then search online!
    10. Trust is earned. When my teens would push back with our rules I would ask them to prove me wrong. For example, if I didn’t need to moderate screen time how long did they think they was “fair.” When they mentioned a length of time that I felt was acceptable I agreed.

Don’t

  1. Don’t tell the kids to limit their time and you use your phone/ computer all the time.
  2. Don’t buy into the lies of brain building games. There is nothing like brain building with hands-on activities. Give your kids a bag of recyclables and watch the brain building begin!
  3. Don’t use electronic devices are not babysitters. If your little kids use them, sit with them.
  4. Don’t expect all your safety measures to work. Yes – we all need to use the internet for research, however, this needs to be monitored.

We each have to figure out what works for your family. I don’t think any of you listening uses media to babysit your kids. And, if you decide to go on a Kindle Spree like my daughter did, buying all of her children electronics with the thought of doing school or educational games and it backfires, be brave enough to parent. The kids no longer have access to these devices because they become discipline problems.

You have choices. There is a wonderful world outside to explore, there are books to read and there are things to create. Yes, sometimes we need to compromise. Sigh. But for me, it was when they were older teens – sixteen and up. I pray you to make the right choices and would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions!

More Research – PEW Research – Info here on digital use

Bottom line and this is what I find disturbing, the main issues center around what makes us human. Media overload lends itself to lower empathy and social well being. It also allows kids to say what is on their mind without care because in a sense they are anonymous. In a face-to-face discussion, their comments would be tempered.


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Thinking Outside The Box

Thinking Outside Of The Box | Creativity can be encouraged no matter what curriculum you use. #podcast #homeschool #homeschoolpodcast #thinkingoutsideoftheboxThinking Outside of the Box – 297

When I consider thinking outside of the box the first idea that pops into my head is swimming against the stream. Thinking outside of the box does require creativity something that may not come naturally to some children. However, it can be nurtured. Some fear creativity because of the fear of being wrong however many kids don’t know a typical solution and will look for others.

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Thinking Outside of The Box

I know I know. You already have your books – your curriculum – fill in the blank, whatever that is (by your objection) -it takes too much time, and on and on. Yet, you can begin incrementally – start with baby steps. Use short periods of time — while you are fixing lunch, give the kids a baggie full of random parts and ask them to
create something. I have some ideas I’ll share in this show.

Today we will discuss not only some fun activities you can use with your kids to get those creative juices going but also ways to encourage thinking outside of the box when coming up with solutions. I will then present some actual hands-on ideas on how to get started.

When we are thinking outside the box we try to stretch our kid’s ideas and imagination. Here are some ways to accomplish this:

1. Hang off the couch upside down. Look at the world from a different perspective.
2. Draw a picture – then turn it upside down – what do you see?
3. Look at the clouds – study shapes. What do you see?
4. Look at the end result and work backward.
5. Close your eyes and listen – really listen. Do this outdoors and in different places.

Seeing things from a different perspective, using our senses is a way to train our minds to think differently. Some solutions don’t work and that is why I want to present a series of do’s and don’ts

Some do’s and don’ts
1. Don’t do it for them – but yes, it’s okay to allow failure
2. Silly isn’t always best – but it could possibly work. Give kids the benefit of the doubt.
3. Do something else for awhile – sometimes taking a break helps the solution come to mind.
4. Don’t reward frustration. Sometimes out kids get frustrated so we think we need to stop. If they are frustrated do #3 – take a break but go back.

Here are some ideas to spark creativity and thinking outside of the box.

Light the Bulb

Get a light bulb to light via a battery.

Supplies: battery — aluminum foil – tiny light bulb

Ask the kids to use these items to make the light bulb light. If you have studies conductivity that is great, if not let the kids go and watch!

Building:

You can give them a topic – marshmallows/ toothpicks -create a car – create a house… first give them free reign.

The next time:

Use a timer, and select one thing – a house etc. Allow the children to build against the clock – against a sibling/ friend / against you. Who can build a structure that is 3-dimensional and can stand?

Pick a Challenge

Start with something familiar to kids – such as sorting socks.

How can you wash socks and come out with matches after laundry time? 

  1. Brainstorm ideas – take a challenging task and brainstorm how you intend to accomplish the task.
  2. Trial and error – if it doesn’t work – what can you do to make it work?
  3. Identify assumptions.

Overall taking the time to develop ways of thinking outside of the box will help you with challenges in life and with academics! Share some of your creative outside of the box thinking with me!

Amazing Homeschool Moms

#amazing homeschool moms | why we homeschool #podcasat #homeschoolpodcast Amazing Homeschool Moms Episode 294

Everyone is an amazing homeschool mom because you’ve made the decision to homeschool! Everyone has a story of how you came about deciding to homeschool and I’d love to hear from you! If you have a story you’d like to share here, please do — let us know how you came about with the decision to homeschool.

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Are you an amazing homeschool Mom? Here is are the stories leading to why Meredith Curtis and Felice Gerwitz decided to homeschool. We believe that amazing homeschool moms are created by the grace of God!

The Curtis’ Family journey of deciding whether or not to begin homeschooling. The audio contains more information here are some points.

  1. Mid 1980’s – working as a nurse with Native American natives – newly married and received a book out of the blue on homeschooling by Raymond Moore. He is thought of as the father of the homeschool movement.
  2. Moved to Virginia Beach and joined a church with many homeschoolers. The children were close to the parents and saw such virtue in children and teenagers who homeschooled and it impressed her.
  3. Read the book, “Homegrown Kids.”
  4. Sing – Spell – Read and Write – an entire floor of the library was devoted to homeschool materials.
  5. Prayed for a calling from the Lord. Her husband wasn’t sold on it, but he was open to the ideas.
  6. Greg Harris – the Christian Homeschool – her husband helped to promote this. Greg laid out Biblically it is the parent’s responsibility to homeschool and shared his Biblical foundation, responsibility, and accountability to God.
  7. Mike said – “We are homeschooling our children.” – this from her husband.
  8. Continued to research, and “How to Create Your Own Your Unit Study,” by Valerie Bendt.
  9. The Curtis’ began homeschooling with several years of research and learning about it before she began.
  10. All the children were homeschooled and now her daughter is

The Gerwitz Family’s journey began in 1986.

  1. I didn’t feel called to homeschool – I was an education major who wanted to change the world – I loved kids and I had a purpose of educating and making the world a better place.
  2. After the birth of my first child, I happily stayed home because I couldn’t bear to leave him home. As I watched him grown, then we had another child.
  3. I am not proud to admit that I talked people out of homeschooling! But the Lord had other ideas.
  4. At this time, I started noticing some delays in my son – and even with all of my intervention, he just seemed a little slower in grasping.
  5. After fighting with the school board and the academic placement of Neal – I happened to meet a lady whose child had the same diagnosis of my son of Mosaicism – she was a wonderful lady who used hands-on materials and taught me so much by example.
  6. My husband and I prayed and he decided I should try it for 6 months.
  7. We never looked back and homeschooled all five of our children.
  8. Letting Go and letting God is a decision I made almost every day.
  9. Releasing my children’s needs to the Lord as well as mine is also a daily decision and one I continue with today.

Tips for homeschool moms.

  1. God has set you apart to do this work.
  2. God has a purpose for every child and every mom
  3. You are the perfect person to teach them – to raise them.
  4. Jesus does not make mistakes! He chose you.
  5. God puts us in situations to be dependent on Him – if you are with me I can do this.
  6. God is with us – we can surrender to Him and He will pour out his grace.
  7. He will anoint us to educate and raise your children.
  8. God never becomes angry! He is there every step of the way if you let Him.
  9. God wants to be the center.
  10. God wants to reveal Himself to you!

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Storytelling

art of storytelling | People love stories and the art of storytelling is often lost.  #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #storytelling

The Art of Story Telling Episode 276

People love stories and the art of storytelling is often lost. Learn some of the best techniques for telling a story and use storytelling in your homeschool lessons to enhance your teaching.

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My mother was an expert storyteller. She didn’t know any of the techniques or arts of storytelling that people study. She just did it. Most of her stories were about Biblical characters. I knew about Adam and Eve, Jonah and the Whale, Noah and the Ark, the parting of the Red Sea and of course the parables of Jesus. Yet, she loved the idea to tell stories about the fictional child who had every material possession, lived in a beautiful house, had all the best toys but was missing the most important ingredient and that was love, friendships, and family.

My mom’s storytelling was renowned in our family. I remember her telling us stories as young children, and she continued on with my children, nieces, and nephews. As young adults we would sit inside, often in the air-conditioning, while we watched as outside, next to an inviting swimming pool, my mother had our her grandchildren and their cousins sitting in rapt attention as she spoke. Her stories loosely followed this theme:

  1. Once upon a time — this set the scene for something wonderful that is going to happen. It is a happy time or a very sad time and whatever that was, the story is going to center around this theme.
  2. The meat of the story is what is happening or about to happen. The “what” is happening to the person and it will be just the saddest or happiest thing. We love this person, usually it is someone we can identify with or an underdog – someone who you hope will come on top. And of course we are on the edge of our seats because we know something is going to happen and it probably isn’t going to be good!
  3. Something happens — what is it that happens? Does it begin in the day, at night, before dawn? What will happen that will change the entire outlook of this person and seem impossible to overcome?
  4. Impossible is important — there is no way out– we can’t believe it and hope that there is a resolution.
  5. Until… something else happens and then the story can continue or come to a conclusion
  6. Solution. What or who solves the problem? Who comes along? Is it by chance? By prayer?

Storytelling should be taught in your home. You kids will love it, I promise. How many little ones do you know that want to put on plays. Children love to perform and the younger the better! It isn’t until they get older that they start to have inhibitions and think things are silly.

So, how can you implement storytelling into your homeschool?

  1. Use it as a  means to teach subjects. I once read a wonderful story about punctuation that I used for many years in my homeschool. I wish I could find it and share it with you. But the punctuation personalities were written in humor, the period was a final person, the exclamation point had so much energy, the comma had to pause and think, etc. History, of course, lends itself to storytelling very easily.
  2. Have your children give a summation of something read with a story.
  3. A storytelling event does not need to be fiction – it can be a personal story, and a biography or an autobiography about a book you’ve read.
  4. You can use storytelling as a treat for a completed lesson or an end of the week ending to your school.
  5. Be creative. Storytelling can be used in almost everything from sharing how you personally struggled with a particular subject or as a way to allow your child an outlet to an otherwise boring subject.

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The comprehensive, award-winning curriculum allow students to study confidently and excel at their own pace, making it ideal for all kinds of learners, whether they are mainstream, gifted or special needs.

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Teaching Multi-Grades

Teaching Multi-Level Grades | Do you struggle teaching multi-grades in your homeschool? In this episode, I share some techniques that will help you. #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #multi-levelTeaching Multi-Grades in the Homeschool – Episode 295

Do you struggle teaching multi-grades in your homeschool? In this episode, I share some techniques that will help you tremendously to reduce the stress and find a balance between teaching to multi-grades!

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At one point in my homeschool career the range of my children was 20-1 … what are the odds? I had teens when I had my third child and by the time my fifth came along, my oldest two were adults! Yes, there were times that we struggled but I’m happy to report that many of the foundational blocks I implemented when the children were younger came in handy when our family grew in size from two to five children.

When I taught in the classroom as a teacher, not all students were at the same level even if they were all fourth graders – the grade level I interned as a student-teacher and then when I taught middle school and special education, the kids were on multi-levels and I had twenty in a classroom with no teacher’s aide. I quickly learned that teaching to the middle only works in theory. You will have the bright kids bored and the struggling learners … well, struggling!

This experience showed me that teachers can be resilient, what they taught us in the classroom only works to a point and that real learning, you know the kind where kids remember and can share it with others, only comes from integrating learning with the love of learning. I know, it is philosophical, but believe me, it works.

Here is an example – for those kids out there that love video games, do you have to bribe them to play? Do you have to urge them to spend time doing what they love? No. The same with finding their passion or potential. If your child likes sports they will naturally spend the time learning and practicing. Does that mean that your child has to love everything they do, of course not. But once they understand the purpose of learning to write well, what numbers mean and how to get a persuasive speech completed they will do much better.

Don’t be afraid to ask your kids questions — yes, you may not always like the answer, but you will see what they are thinking and hopefully be able to address the main issue rather than guess why they are struggling to complete their work. I believe discipline problems abound in the homeschool classroom the same as in the public classroom and remember moms and dads you have all the power at this stage. It takes energy. It takes work. It takes follow through but it can be done!

Having little ones does not have to bring you homeschooling to a halt, in fact, there are many studies that show the value of teaching in retaining information. Following are some tried and true methods I used in our homeschool and ways you can implement them as well. As always, take what works for you and hopefully, this list will help you think of other ways that will work for you and your children.

Tried and true techniques for teaching multi-grades:

  1. Don’t compartmentalize your children’s subjects.
  2. Schedules or routines work — use them.
  3. Begin early.
  4. Use learning stations.
  5. Independent learning works
  6. Use accountability
  7. Read Aloud
  8. Field trips, essays, and reports
  9. Hands-on learning
  10. Children as mentors and teachers

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Time4Learning provides the tools and resources students need to build skills and confidence in the core subjects like math, language arts, science, and social studies. No matter how long you’ve been homeschooling or whatever your current situation, Time4Learning is a flexible, online curriculum that can be tailored to your child’s individual needs.

The comprehensive, award-winning curriculum allow students to study confidently and excel at their own pace, making it ideal for all kinds of learners, whether they are mainstream, gifted or special needs.

Click Here to Visit Time 4 Learning!