Vintage Homeschool Moms

Foundations of Learning

Foundations of Learning | The foundations of learning begin with bringing beauty into learning. In this episode, Felice Gerwitz and Lisa Ann Dillon discuss how the Classical education approach and Charlotte Mason can both be drawn upon when teaching children. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #wisdomwonderproject #classical #charlottemason #homeschool #hybridschool #coremath #singaporemath Foundations of Learning ~ Episode 401

The foundations of learning begin with bringing beauty into learning. In this episode, Felice Gerwitz and Lisa Ann Dillon discuss how the Classical education approach and Charlotte Mason can both be drawn upon when teaching children.

Thanks to our sponsor, Wisdom Wonder Project. Be sure to check out their YouTube channel with the Singapore Math video instructions.

Lisa Ann Dillon is a homeschool mom and long time educator at a Classical Academy hybrid school. She was able to teach part-time and home educate her children as well. She found in reading good literature that her son, then around two and a half enjoyed hearing her read. She explained that when given beautiful materials the “mind lights up,” and she pursued this avenue in teaching. (listen to the audio for details)

The foundations of learning were highly influenced by the Classical Approach and also Charlotte Mason’s gentle approach while keeping learning vigorous. Teaching age-appropriate materials during different stages allowed the children to achieve mastery. The Wisdom Wonder Project strives to light their fire to love learning and move into the direction of mastery.

In addition, Lisa Ann loves the Singapore Math curriculum and explained that the results are astounding. The program is very researched based. It is a more organic core of math that starts in a concrete manner. It always starts with something we can move with our hands and see visually. Singapore Math always addresses all the learning styles. The Wisdom Wonder Project has a series of math videos on their YouTube Channel here. They plan to add more and more levels. The vocabulary is different in teaching this method and the children catch on quickly. Lisa Ann explained that many parents have a fear of teaching math to their children because of a bad experience when they were in school. She called it “math anxiety.” She said one of the ways to overcome this was to pay attention to how your child learns, and to teach them the same way. Teach with concrete materials and children learn well in this manner. She said this hands-on approach works for children who struggle with dysgraphia and dyscalculia.

After years of teaching at the academy, Lisa Ann said many parents wanted to have access to these teachings no matter where they lived. Soon the Wisdom Wonder Project started. There are wonderful classes that can be used in the homeschool as well as supplemental activities for your children.

Foundations of Learning:

  • Time on the Sofa – bringing the children together to read aloud
  • Activities that are geared up or down bringing everyone together (Learning packets available connected to literature.)
  • Little Wonders kits are here
  • Beautiful literature feeds the child’s soul and they want to listen again and again.
  • Primary and Intermediate Stages coming soon.

Wisdom Wonder Project | #wisdomwonderproject #LisaAnnDillon

Important Dates & Pricing ~ Wisdom Wonder Project 

● We are launching our grammar school level subscription, Young Scholars, later this Spring for 1st-2nd grades (primary), beginning with our summer series.
● Also later this Spring, launching the Singapore Math video subscription for Kindergarten on our website. They are designed to watch 4 videos per week during the course of the school year (140 videos total! Length = 7-15 minutes). Right now, we have over 30 of these available for free on our Youtube channel (subscribe to watch).

  • We have a daily email with free lessons and resources for all ages, sign up for them on our website – here is a look at our archived emails.

Instagram: @wisdomwonderproject Facebook: /WisdomWonderProject

 

 

Restful Life Homeschool

Restful Homeschooling | Join us as we discuss the restful life homeschool and my special guest Kim Huitt. Kim lives in Alaska with her husband and three children and is currently a homeschool mom! She blogs on her website RestFULLLife Homeschool where she shares her reflections on faith, family and homeschooling. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #kimhuitt #comeawaybeloved #momsretreat #christianhomeschool #christianhomeschooling #christianhome #christianmomRestful Life Homeschool Episode 398 with Kim Huitt

Join us as we discuss the restful life homeschool and my special guest Kim Huitt. Kim lives in Alaska with her husband and three children and is currently a homeschool mom! She blogs on her website RestFULLLife Homeschool where she shares her reflections on faith, family and homeschooling.

Thanks to our sponsor Media Angels, Inc. and the Media Angels Membership site.

Visit Kim on her blog at RestfulLife Homeschool here.

In this episode, we discuss topics about marriage, children, and expectations of homeschool moms. Kim shares how in her times of desperation she turned to the Lord to be filled so she could then pour out to her children! As moms, we often put our needs and concerns to the side as we care for our families, but even moms need to be filled!

Kim is a featured speaker on the “Come Away Beloved” mom’s retreat! her topic inspired many. To get a copy of the retreat go here.

Her tips for homeschool moms:

  1. Start with prayer.
  2. Pray with your children and read the Bible each morning.
  3. Pray blessings upon your children during the day and in the evening
  4. Be confident in who God made you to be!
  5. Trust God for your homeschool journey and family.
  6. Grow with your children and learn
  7. Read inspiring biographies together

About Kim Huitt –

Kim Huitt is a fellow pilgrim, currently “camping out” in Alaska with her husband of 23 years and her three children, a corgi, and a cat. She is constantly looking for God’s fingerprints all over His creation. An avid audible listener, podcast supporter, and book list junkie she is constantly journaling about her passions. Her children are 16, 13, and 9. She writes about their style of home education on her blog and she just started a series of vlogs on home educating. She volunteers as a client advocate at her local Community Pregnancy Center and has taught Sunday School for many years. Kim has a passion to see women of all ages understand their identity in Christ, find their worth in Him, choose the way that leads to abundant life, and purposefully replace lies with The Truth. And the truth is our Father loves and adores you. 

KimHuitt.com

Instagram: @kimhuitt

 

 

 

Healthy Families

Healthy Families | Most of us want healthy families, especially in this time of worry over the latest virus. It is time to meet our essential oils expert, a homeschool graduate, and homeschooling mom of eight Amanda Filla. Amanda is a podcaster at Simple Blessings & Oils. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #AmandaFila #essentialoils #healthyliving #stayinghealthy #healthy #healthy Healthy Families with special guest, Amanda Filla – Episode 340

Most of us want healthy families, especially in this time of worry over the latest virus. It is time to meet our essential oils expert, a homeschool graduate, and homeschooling mom of eight Amanda Filla. Amanda is a podcaster at Simple Blessings & Oils

Amanda grew up in a pretty natural household. When something happened, mom usually had some sort of a concoction or a natural way of doing things. And my grandma was always into vitamins and herbs and just natural living. And so when I grew up having my first baby, I knew a little bit about living in a healthy family.

I started diving into homeopathy and my husband was the one who saw the quickest results. He had a lot of seasonal issues and had taken lots of medicine in order to feel better. So when homeopathy came in, it was just like this huge light bulb went off. We started eating healthier, we started really watching what we were bringing into our home and realizing that chemicals and things like that who are actually causing us to be sicker. And then, a friend of mine invited me to an essential oil class. I’ve heard of lavender and peppermint, but little else. It’s been eight years since we’ve started using essential oils and it’s just kind of been a spiral effect as to how we can keep ourselves healthy.

God gave us all of these tools, to make us healthy. And no, if you break a bone or you know, something gets smashed, we have doctors! But I think as a culture we’ve gotten away from figuring out what’s really wrong, whether it’s a common cold or having a toxin in our environment. We just expect this magic pill to fix everything.

Healthy Family – Listen to this podcast!

Amanda shares lots of great information on her podcast Simple Blessings & Oils!

Creating For Christ

Creating for Christ | Have you wanted a business, what about creating for Christ? Well today's guest, Michelle Ruschman is a work at home mom who has created beautiful items! | #podcast #christianpodcast #homeschool #homeschoolpodcast #creatingjewlery #christianartist #entrepreneurCreating For Christ Episode —- with Michelle Ruschman and Felice Gerwitz

Have you wanted a business, what about creating for Christ? Well today’s guest, Michelle Ruschman is a work at home mom who has created beautiful items!

Michelle was a special speaker in the “Come My Beloved” seminar series. You can still access the video here. This was a powerful series of video and audio presentations for those who need encouragement, coming beside them and alongside them in their faith journey.

Our sponsor is Media Angels, Inc. You can find out more information about the one-week conference “Come Away My Beloved” on the website here. 

Michelle Ruschman is an award-winning writer who writes for GO! Christian Magazine, a professional artist whose art has been displayed in the Pensacola Museum of Art each year since 2018, and a jewelry artisan is best known for her line of dichroic glass crosses, Beautifully Broken.  Her jewelry business, starting out as a cultural expression featuring the original writing system of the Philippines, baybayin, is now focused on her faith and the ministry of each piece of jewelry she makes.

My website:  www.michelleruschman.com

Facebook: The Prodigal Artist Gallery – Art by Michelle Ruschman

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Show Notes:

Michelle creates amazing jewelry and beautiful crosses! Michelle shares her journey about how she came to Christ in 2009 and she started her jewelry business the year before as a cultural expression. As a first-generation Filipino immigrant, she came to the US as a two-year-old. It was not until I became an adult that she learned about their original writing system.  After looking for a piece of jewelry that featured this writing system and not finding it anywhere (after she had determined that they were going to be Christmas gifts that year.), she ended up learning the script and how to translate it. And it ended up being a business.

People really responded to it especially in the Filipino American community where we were trying to hold on to the roots in their heritage. And she starting to sell internationally. People were very kind but then leading up to 2009 she was ready to connect with God and so her jewelry took an entirely different turn. It was as if the prodigal daughter came home and Michelle wanted to use her artistic talent for the Lord. She was ready to follow the Lord and went to a Christian conference. Later the Lord prepared for the purchase a kiln after her dad had passed away from cancer. She felt this purchase was in honor of him. She was able to apprentice but claims she was horrible at it, to begin with, however she still needed to find her expressive voice.

At the Christian conference, the Lord gave her a vision and a focus and she created her broken crosses. She shared that she is able to get many things done since the Lord wakes her up anywhere from three to four o’clock and she gets up and prays, then she gets ideas for her art or she writes. Getting up so early allows her to make good use of her time.

Michelle shared about her topic of Jesus being safe and she taught this in her session on the Mom’s Retreat here.

She also attended my Ultimate Christian Communicators Conference where I met her and learned so much for our amazing speakers.

 

 

Forgiveness Replay

teaching kids forgiveness | In teaching kids forgiveness you are giving your children the tools or fundamentals of forgiveness but arguably one of the best gifts you can ever give them. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #teachingforgiveness #forgivenessandkids #kidsforgive #kidsforgivingTeaching Kids Forgiveness Episode 231 

In teaching kids forgiveness you are giving your children the tools or fundamentals of forgiveness but arguably one of the best gifts you can ever give them.

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Here are the podcasts I did on the topic of forgiveness on our sister network, The Ultimate Christian Podcast Network, Forgiveness Podcast #10 and Asking Forgiveness  Podcast #11

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Show Notes: Teaching Kids Forgiveness:

Do you teach your children to say, “I’m sorry – or will you forgive me” when they have hurt someone? I know if you are a mom or dad you most certainly have and I’m sure more than once! In life, people hurt you and even in the Bible Jesus tells us to forgive each day, 77 times!

But how do you explain this to your children? Today I’m going to explain how as well as give you some practical applications. Teaching kids forgiveness is not only possible it is amazingly practical and will make your life so much easier. Can you imagine? Kids that truly forgive?

Forgiveness, when it happens in the way that God designed, it is truly beautiful. You can teach your children that God forgave us our sins and so, gave us the perfect example of forgiving. You can also teach your children the Lord’s prayer, when we recite, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Here we are praying to the Lord to forgive us in the same way that we forgive others who have hurt us.

But, did you know there is a difference between forgiveness as a feeling and as a decision?

Teaching your children about forgiveness is really a two-fold situation. It is teaching your child to look for at forgiveness as a give and take. It is not one-sided. So, what do I mean by this? First, there is the person who has been hurt. We always say arguments take two people, at least right? There is a he-said, she-said. But either way, someone is hurt either physically or psychologically. Second, there is a consequence to our actions. We must be held accountable for what we do. If a child hurts someone physically or using words, the consequences tend to be different. Usually parents, and I know I did, give a harsher punishment to a child that hurts another. It is thought that using words is not as bad, however, words sometimes have a lasting effect.

But there is good news when teaching kids forgiveness! You are teaching your children that they don’t have to hold grudges forever, they can be set free and so can their siblings, friends or even you the parents.

In sharing with your children about forgiveness I have developed three points I discuss with my children…

  1. Forgiveness is making a decision to forgive even if we don’t feel like it. Forgiveness is not a feeling in that “I feel like forgiving you.” No, forgiveness is an act of will.
  2. We forgive out of obedience to God – when He says we must forgive 70 x 7 per day. Matthew 18:21-22

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you not just seven times, but seventy-seven times!”

  1. Unforgiveness is holding anger or a grudge against a person and it hurts us more than them. If you have teens explain to this to them – you can’t hold anyone else accountable except yourself. People who don’t forgive are often bitter and harsh. Forgiving releases, the person to the Lord, to deal with them. It is not our job to punish others for what they have done to you.

You can’t punish a person who doesn’t care. Often if someone has hurt you it is because of a lack of relationship. You don’t –or you try not to hurt those you love. Often siblings fight and most of this comes from selfishness on the part of one or both. It isn’t necessarily malicious. However, the hurts that stay with us are often unfair and malicious. They are caused by those who really don’t care about us, or if they do they care in a superficial way.

Deciding to forgive releases you to go on with your life. You are not depressed or upset any longer – or if you are, continue to hand that person over to the Lord.

So how do you forgive?

The first step to reconciliation with another person is making the decision to forgive. The next step is asking for forgiveness.

Do your kids say, “I’m sorry.” First, it puts all the control into the person saying it. Secondly, often you will know by their tone of voice you know that they really are not that sorry? It is normally a formality. We make our kids say they are sorry for hurting another because they should! But, if it is insincere we are wasting their time and ours. It also teaches your child to be flippant about saying they are sorry without realizing the consequences.

That is why I taught my children to say, “Will you forgive me?” In that way, the request is not in the hands of the offending child, but in the hands of the person who is hurt. That person must agree to forgive and release the other from the sin, and recognize they, while hurt – have made a decision to forgive. In this case, both children can work toward healing of their relationship. Both are on the forgiving end. The one asking for forgiveness and the one giving it. Isn’t that beautiful! It shows God’s healing love.

Teach your children to ask the Lord to help them if they are still bitter from the hurt. Ask your children to pray for the “offending” person every day. Why? Because of Luke 6: 35-36 “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

That takes prayer and eventually if you can teach your child to do this, they will grow up to be wonderful adults! Praying for your enemies works! The evil one does not want us to have peace in our lives. The evil one wants us upset and frustrated. When we are upset and frustrated can we move on with our lives – serve and do good for the Lord? No. We are held in bondage in one place.

Scriptures on forgiveness:

Colossians: 3:13

Matthew: 6:14-15

What are your favorite forgiveness scriptures? Make a list of these and pray them when you have difficulty forgiving.

Five Tips For Baking with Kids

Five Great Tips For Baking with Kids | How much fun is baking? Well, join us as we talk about five tips for baking with kids with Miriam Schwartz from Baketivity. She is a mom of four little ones who shares her best suggestions for making baking time fun with children. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #bakingwithkids #fivetipstobakingwithkids #baketivity #bakingwithkids #kidsbaking #miriamschwartz #cookingkits #kidscookingtipsFive Tips For Baking with Kids ~ Episode 396 with Felice Gerwitz and Miriam Schwartz

How much fun is baking? Well, join us as we talk about five tips for baking with kids with Miriam Schwartz from Baketivity. She is a mom of four little ones who shares her best suggestions for making baking time fun with children.

Thanks to our sponsor! Baketivity – they have a timely special offer for our listeners, use the password HOMESCHOOL – go to Baketivity.com/homeschool

Miriam and her husband are entrepreneurs with a heart for getting kids off of the computer and into the kitchen with their parents. They began Baketivity with this in mind. The idea was to get kids away from the screens, whether they are the phone, tablets or even televisions and computers. Instead, they created this no-fuss kits with all the ingredients you need to bake with the children. No need to shop for ingredients it all comes ready to go and put together. Using only natural ingredients these kits are delicious.

Miriam discussed Five Tips for Baking with Kids

  1. Safety in the kitchen is of top importance so the children know what is dangerous and to be aware of the hot ovens and sharp utensils
  2. Let this be the child’s creation. We sometimes want everything to be perfect, let the child make it his own.
  3. Expect a mess! Baking with kids can be fun but know it may be messy.
  4. Baking is a time for sharing and talking about topics that are important to you. These can be teaching moments.
  5. Let the children read the recipe – help them with the words if necessary but this gives them a sense of accomplishment.

Visit the Baketivity website for more information about all they have to offer! I’m trying those bagels!

Five Great Tips For Baking with Kids | How much fun is baking? Well, join us as we talk about five tips for baking with kids with Miriam Schwartz from Baketivity. She is a mom of four little ones who shares her best suggestions for making baking time fun with children. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #bakingwithkids #fivetipstobakingwithkids #baketivity #bakingwithkids #kidsbaking #miriamschwartz #cookingkits #kidscookingtips

Secrets To Victory In Faith

Secrets to Victory in Faith | The secrets to victory in faith is much easier than you think. A happy family life where you kids actually like each other comes from using some of these "secrets" that are shared by today's special guest, Lucia Claborn. You will love her gentle spirit and her love of the Lord. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #christianliving #christianfamily #christianfaithandfamilySecrets to Victory in Faith For Families ~ Episode 395 with Lucia Claborn and Felice Gerwitz

The secrets to victory in faith is much easier than you think. A happy family life where you kids actually like each other comes from using some of these “secrets” that are shared by today’s special guest, Lucia Claborn. You will love her gentle spirit and her love of the Lord.

Lucia is an author and you can view here books here – and she is a podcaster. She has a show Victorious  Living here.

Thanks to our sponsor – Media Angels, Inc. and the featured product – The Moms Retreat – Come My Beloved. Available for immediate download

What are the Secrets To Victory in Faith?

Lucia homeschooled her children from first grade through high school. They are now in their mid-twenties. Lucia now lives a victorious life with her husband in Alabama. 

For many years Lucia lived a defeated life – and well into her early thirties, she was a professed heathen. She did not go to church, she did not know that God created her to walk in victory, that He had a perfect plan for her life! That plan included good plans and prosperity and good health and victory every day of her life.  Her husband prayed for a godly Christian woman, which in her mind was the farthest thing from that. She had a will to change to please her husband who mentioned it one time which gave her a hunger and a longing for a relationship with Jesus. She began to learn everything she could about the Word.

She learned that God created the world and He gave that world to us and Genesis 1:26 and told us that we’re supposed to rule and reign in our domain and walk in our authority. And so she thought, “Well, let me just try this.”

As different situations came up she would find a promise in the Word of God. She used a concordance–before the days of online Bibles. She would say the promises with authority. The Word says that faith without action is dead.

One day she took authority over the negative influences in her neighborhood and the people were soon gone. She learned that in life God gives us hope.

You can pray prayers for whatever that situation is in your life.

More Secrets To Victory In Faith

  1. Abraham is our father of faith so we can use him. He is a perfect example of faith.
  2. God really honors our faith and it’s our faith that will move the hand to God that will allow us to receive things out of the spirit realm, into the natural realm, into our lives.
  3. If you don’t understand faith, let me just share with you that you received everything from father God in the spirit realm. Our faith is our healing is in the spirit realm. Our joy is in the spirit realm.
  4. God’s Word says that he loves us daily with all His benefits. So we want those benefits in our lives, but if we don’t know what they are, we can’t take them by face value. And so what I’m going to be sharing is that faith is the key to our victory.
  5. God has given us a measure of faith and we can grow our faith.
  6. So we always want to be growing. We always want to be striving towards that next level of spiritual maturity.
    1. The first level is I believe.
    2. The second level of faith is if you are willing.
    3. The third level of faith is if I can just press into Jesus I can be healed.
    4. The fourth level of faith is blind faith – we believe without seeing.

Jeremiah 29:11 says, you have good plans for me and I trust you to walk me through this.

The depression days are over and every day your life is better in every way that you’ll thrive and you won’t just survive.

God increases us little by little every day, every week, every month, every year is increased.

Sometimes we see miracles, but more often than not, God wants to bring us through the process of restoration and overcoming because of what happened to our character.

 

Teach Health and Homeopathy To Kids

Teach Health and Homeopathy To Kids | Here are some truly simple ways to teach health and homeopathy to your kids with my special guest the author of a curriculum specifically for parents to do this, Paola Brown. After recovering from an illness that left her bedridden she discovered natural remedies and that was her road to wellness. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #podcast #homeopathy #teachhealth #health #homeopathyforkids #healthforkids #kidsandhealth #teachkidsSimple Ways To Teach Health and Homeopathy To Kids ~ Episode 394

Here are some truly simple ways to teach health and homeopathy to your kids with my special guest the author of a curriculum specifically for parents to do this, Paola Brown. After recovering from an illness that left her bedridden she discovered natural remedies and that was her road to wellness.

Paola Brown is a homeschool mom to a 12, 10, and 8 year old and currently lives in Budapest. She has written a curriculum that is language-based for parents to teach their children about health and homeopathy. Visit our guest on her website at PaolaBrown.com 

Paola tried the conventional way of using medicine and she found it wasn’t working out for her, and after she was diagnosed with multiple autoimmune diseases, she became bedridden and was very sick. She went to the best of the best doctors, flew all over the country, and went to the Mayo clinic but no one could help. That is when she switched to a chiropractic, used herbs and while those things helped it wasn’t a cure and she decided to learn about natural health and wellness. It moved the ball in that direction, but it wasn’t until she learned about homeopathic medicine that the changes began. Homeopathic medicine is not synonymous with herbs and essential oils, it’s its own system of natural medicine.

Homeopathic medicine was a game-changer.

  1. She began to get well and progress in leaps and bounds.
  2. She wanted a legacy for her children after she struggled to fight and get my health back
  3. She was born in Brazil, and they immigrated to the US so while her parents knew the didn’t have health insurance, they brought their homeopathy kit.
  4. Homeopathy is pretty popular, especially in Europe and in foreign countries. Her mom brought a kit with her and then when her dad graduated from college and got a full-time job she threw out her kit because she had access to conventional medicine.
  5. Paola traces her health decline to the use of conventional drugs, unnecessary antibiotics, and misdiagnosis.

Her goal was to teach health and homeopathy to her kids after this encounter.

At an international conference Paola met many of the world-renowned homeopaths such as Dr. Peter Fisher who was the physician for the queen of England. He’s a medical homeopath. She has traveled and met many professional homeopaths. She asked this question, “So do your children just kiss the ground you walk on because you raise them with homeopathy, so they never had to resort to antibiotics or just rarely.” She asked, “Do they just adore you?” And one homeopath looked at me and said, “My son just took a round of antibiotics today. He is in college, he’s and he just thinks I’m a crazy person.”

Paola thought she had to change this with her own family and it triggered the idea to create a system to make this easier on parents to create opportunities and a learning environment where that learning is introduced to their children. She wanted to create a system that makes it easy to open and go and do it and teach it to your kids. (The book will be available in May of 2020) Follow Paola Brown on Facebook here

Teach Health and Homeopathy to Kids: 

  1. Teaching with stories – In Paola’s novel, she teaches children about the illnesses that happen in families and ways to combat the illness. She believes a literature-based approach is best.
  2. Workbooks that are meant for hands-on learning.
  3. Vocabulary cards and words with common remedies and definitions as well as applications
  4. Interactive videos that teach children
  5. Songs – learning happens easily through memorization of facts with music
  6. Audiobooks. This is a great way to get the information twice, once by hearing it and another by applications.

 

Takeaways:

  1. Talk to your children and tell them stories. Allow them to come up with the answers. Also, tell them why you make the health decisions you do. When she recently had the flu, the children knew to bring her juice and water and the importance of hydration because she too has taught her children this as well. Talk about the dangers of over the counter medicines. Basically they force a fever down but sometimes a fever is beneficial because while it is uncomfortable, it will help to fight the illness faster.
  2. Give the children to skills to research and learn about the side effects of drugs. If you are prescribed medication do you always know the side effects? The doctor may list a few, but researching this is important. It is important to learn to read a drug label.
  3. Study the Material Medica book and obtain a copy if at all possible, there you will find suggestions of remedies for different issues and the children can create their own notecards or a booklet. This project is great. They can learn about Arnica Montana, and Belladonna, and common remedies. They can learn about terminology such as terrain theory and how soil that is depleted or plants that are weak will get ill, while dirt that is rich and has nutrients and strong plants won’t attract the same types of pest because they are resilient. Chicken soup really is good for you when you are sick with a cold.

 

Family Date Nights

Family Date Night | 45 Date Night Ideas! So many times we are not making memories we are getting by! Family date nights are a great way to create those lasting memories with our kids! Join Felice Gerwitz and Denise Mira in this fun episode. | #podcast #Homeschoolpodcast #45FamilyDateNightIdeas #DateNightIdeasFamily Date Nights ~ Episode 393

with Felice Gerwitz and Denise Mira

So many times we are not making memories we are getting by! Family date nights are a great way to create those lasting memories with our kids! Join Felice Gerwitz and Denise Mira in this fun episode.

Thanks to our sponsor Media Angels, Inc and DeniseMira.com

Our world drives chaos-we can find ourselves ships passing in the night, over-scheduled, too many lessons, extracurricular and cell phones constantly dinging and buzzing; we have to be intentional about family time. Often family night fun is determined by the weather region we live in or the season of the year as well as the age of the kids as well as your personal preferences.

Example: We are not a soccer family, but we are a baseball and football family. Your kids may be young elementary age or high schoolers; age determines a lot. Here’s a variety of activities to choose from depending on the weather and the preferences of your family!

Rule #1 ~ Cell phones OFF, landlines unplugged. Engage!

45 Family Date Night IDEAS

Physical, outdoor fun

  1. Backyard family softball/T-ball games.
  2. Backyard family soccer play.
  3. Backyard badminton or slippery slide play
  4. Snow play-make a snowman and clothe him, have a snowball fight
  5. Leaf play-rake piles and jump and roll in them
  6. Basement bowling or rollerskating.
  7. Ping pong tourneys on the dining room table.
  8. We had a sports court on our property – pickleball and basketball were much enjoyed.
  9. Late summer blackberry picking is free and abundant and very messy! Make a cobbler or pie or simmered sauce for ice cream.
  10. Hikes or bike rides

Indoor Fun

  1. Have a Christian stand-up comedy night– Thou Shalt Laugh is a great video to start with – it boasts a variety of comedians to choose from. Michael Junior, Jeff Allen, Tim Hawkins, Thor Ramsey and more.
  2. Pull out the ancient family photo albums or family home videos, or mom and dad’s wedding video to watch and giggle at.
  3. Build a fire from the logs up w the kids.
  4. Make s’mores over the fire.
  5. Snuggle up and Daddy reads aloud to us. (Little House, Patrick McManus, the Redwall Series)
  6. Musical? Have a family jam night and play your instruments.
  7. Pizza night with take home to bake or frozen pizza, LaCroix with juice instead of soda.
  8. Do a DIY project or Pinterest project together-finger puppets, decorative photo frames, bath bombs
  9. Have daughters? Make it a spa night with facials, nail painting, foot massage, and special beverages.
  10. Dress up and role play night or do a puppet show -video the play and watch it on the big screen.
  11. Charades for kids – a card game from Walmart is a lot of fun to play together.
  12. Play board games/do an entire 100 (or more) piece puzzle in a night/play traditional card games.
  13. One of our favorites do-together activities is cooking. Build your own homemade pizzas, prepare Mexican food, build your own sub sandwiches or other fav meals
  14. Make cookies or a favorite dessert/play background music=kitchen dance party!
  15. Everyone builds a sundae on the sundae bar you create.
  16. Rent a movie and make stovetop homemade popcorn
  17. Nerf gun wars.
  18. Create a scavenger hunt.
  19. Create big cardboard box forts for each kid and let them decorate, cut windows and doors etc. (furniture stores or appliance stores will gladly contribute their boxes if you ask ahead of time.)
  20. Hide and seek in the house.
  21. Build a blanket fort.
  22. Build card houses with playing cards.
  23. Balloon volleyball.
  24. Hot tub nights together even in the rain.
  25. Invite a fav family over to share in the fun.

Cheap Fun Away

  1. Family bike rides around the neighborhood or to a park, or Jamba Juice or along the beach walk. Baby bike seats are great for including the littles.
  2. Pocket parks are everywhere here and many include water spray park fun – all free entrance and lots of fun exercise.
  3. Kids eat free night at restaurants for the win!
  4. Find a public school w an indoor pool/YMCA open pool night for cheap Friday night swims.
  5. Head to the Dollar Tree with a $3 limit each kid to spend in cash-even the parents like browsing the Dollar Tree for fun finds. Play with the finds together later at home.
  6. A sporting goods store like Bass Pro Shop is fun to meander and take pics with the giant stuffed animals.
  7. Beaches are a stone’s throw from our house. We walk together and observe the wildlife, the shells, the driftwood, the clams, the boats-here in Seattle it’s often grey and cloudy but we make it fun.
  8. National Parksfree for families! Every kids outdoors challenge.
  9. Camping
  10. Water gun or water balloons

Communicating Love And Kindness To Your Kids

Communicating Love and Kindness To Your Kids | Yes - there is hope! Communicating love and kindness to your kids does not come naturally. Ask me how I know! We discipline our children because we LOVE them – it is vital, and especially IF you want our children to grow up to become responsible adults. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast

Communicating Love and Kindness To Your Kids

Yes – there is hope! Communicating love and kindness to your kids does not come naturally. Ask me how I know! We discipline our children because we LOVE them – it is vital, and especially IF you want our children to grow up to become responsible adults.

Show Notes:

Realize your parental style –

  1. Authoritarian
  2. Neglectful
  3. Permissive
  4. Authoritarian – democratic

Kids are: 

  1. Kids are gamblers
  2. Kids often say what they mean
  3. Kids are have many character flaws – anger, temper tantrums, jealousy, self-centered, etc.
  4. Kids want to get their own way – news flash, who doesn’t
  5. Kids can manipulate like the best attorney’s in court out there
  6. Kids are easily distracted
  7. Kids don’t often follow instructions the first time.

 

  1. Kids need positive reinforcement and repetition and patience
  2. Kids do not need to be spoiled

These are Don’ts! 

  1. It goes without saying – but I will say it here – fear and abuse – mental and physical
    1. Screaming at them
    2. Hitting in anger
    3. Discipline that doesn’t fit the crime
  2. Using your child as a pawn to hurt your spouse.
  3. Character assassination –I can’t believe how horrible you are – I hate you, you are ….
  4. Treating kids as objects that you own

 

Discipline techniques – I’ve heard them all

  1. Withholding something – dessert, phone, etc.
  2. Time Out
  3. Spankings – of course not while angry… um, yeah, that works
  4. Punishing – removing an item or taking away a privilege
  5. Ignoring
  6. Isolation
  7. Reasoning

The secret sauce? Consistency – when consistency does not work that is when the consequences must be metted out.

Model good behavior – a niece of mine has colorful language to say the least and when her young son used this same language in Kindergarten and the teacher spoke to her about it she realized she needed to clean up her expressiveness

Kids are sponges

With kids here are some rules of conduct:

  1. Calm
    1. Get your kid under control if they are an emotional wreck
    2. Deal with the issue at hand – before you launch in
  2. Sensitive to tone
  3. Keep it simple – teach as you discipline – start young
  4. Ask the kids to repeat back what you said
  5. Ask the kids to think… instead of why are you leaving the ball in the laundry room ask ‘where do you think the ball should go” (this is instructive and if this isn’t followed through with discipline may follow)
  6. Be positive
  7. Use “I” instead of you … “I want you to get down” I don’t want you to bounce the ball in the house” instead of you are such a bad kid for climbing up there you will get hurt and fall and then…
  8. When you do this – then this will happen
  9. Use your words … if you expect good response model it…
  10. Listen
    1. Active listening – where they really know you are listening, that you check to be sure YOU understand what they are saying and you go from there.
    2. Eye contact and body language
  11. Decide rules and discipline – if you do this – this is what will happen
  12. Teens:
    1. Checking In
    2. Game plan
    3. Giving them ground rules
    4. Risks – explain

 

 

One Minute Discipline

  1. Make sure there is no danger – if so, get the issue under control.
  2. Eye to eye – little? Get on eye level – taller – be sure they are looking at you.
  3. Be sincere.
  4. Explain they cannot talk while you are talking
  5. Tell your child what they did wrong – in one or two sentences. Explain clearly why you are upset –
  6. Big Sigh – signifies a change…
  7. Tell them what you LIKE about them – that they are an amazing person – that you are happy they are your son or daughter – that you know they try hard – that you will help them learn how to try harder if they do not already, etc. I’m here to help you – I love you – I think you are an awesome person… if you can’t figure out what you like about your child do this exercise ahead of time. Pray – ask the Lord to help you love your child –
  8. Hug and a kiss if appropriate

 

Matthew 18:6 “If anyone causes one of these little ones–those who believe in me–to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.

 

 

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