Summer Reading List

Summer reading ListSummer Reading List –  Episode 74

Join Florida Parent Educators Association’s (FPEA) Chairwoman, Suzanne Nunn  and Sharon Rice to talk about our Summer Reading List. What better time to sit back and relax with a good book? This summer, we want to enjoy a good book for the sake of enjoyment. So, we have some suggestions for you! Listen in and pick one to dive into this summer … or more than one!

Some of the ideas mentioned in the show.

Sharon’s Reading List

Suzanne’s Reading List

 

Consider creating a summer book club with friends. Make it simple and fun. Choose books. Maybe create some games or projects for the end of the summer to coincide with the chosen books.

 

Join the conversation in the comments or on Facebook page your Summer reading list ideas. What is your family reading this year?

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Join us June 28-29, 2019 for Fun in the Sun!

Sherri Seligson will be joining us for this FUN and INFORMATIVE field trip in the FLORIDA KEYS!

There will be opportunities to Snorkel, Dive and many other fun events over the weekend.

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Character as Core Curriculum – Kathie Morrissey

Kathie Morrissey

Kathie Morrissey

On this episode, I talked to pioneer homeschooler Kathie Morrissey of The Character Corner. Kathie’s heart is that character be the “core curriculum.” I’ve been following her blog for a year or so and I’ve really loved learning from the wisdom she shares. Kathie is a true Titus 2 woman! One of my favorite resources of hers is the Little Lads and Ladies of Virtue curriculum, which we discuss in the show.

Kathie is wife to Alan, mother of eight children, and a homeschooling mom of 31 years. She and her husband have been married for 40 years, and their kids are grown up, with the youngest being 21. They also have 13 precious grandchildren.

Though her homeschooling days are behind her now that all eight of the kids have graduated,  She still stays busy running The Character Corner, traveling to conferences, speaking, and sharing encouragement on her blog.

Her goal in ministry is to help and encourage parents to be purposeful as they try to raise their kids to have Godly character, and a heart for God, while providing practical advice, tips, and encouragement from the things she has learned over 36 years of parenting, and 31 years of homeschooling.

When she’s not working, you may find Kathie playing the piano, reading a good book, or eating chocolate.  And twice a week, she takes care of her sweet four-year old granddaughter, Tori.

Here are some of the things Kathie and I talked about:

  • Tell us more about your homeschooling journey back in the early days of the movement. How did you start? What was it like to be on the forefront?
  • Many homeschoolers bring the school model home because we all tend to just do what we know. I know you put a lot of emphasis on relationships and character in homeschooling. Is there anything in particular that helped shape your perspective and educational philosophy?
  • What are some of the gifts that you saw early on in your children and how were you able to tailor their education around the development of those gifts?
  • You focus a lot on building strong character. As I mentioned before, we love your Little Lads and Ladies curriculum. No matter what our homeschool day looks like, this is one resource that I almost never neglect to do with my youngest who’s seven. It really just makes us more conscious throughout the day of his character and how to train him in it. Did you do this or something similar with your own children? What were some practical ways that you focused on character and what were the results?
  • I also love your focus on building strong relationships because that is really the heart of any character training we do. I read a really helpful article of yours recently called “How to Really Know Your Children Well. Share with us some of those tips.
  • As a “pioneer,” what do you see as one of the biggest problems in the homeschooling movement today?

You can find out more about Kathie and purchase her resources at www.TheCharacterCorner.com.

STEM and Marine Science with Sherri Seligson

STEM and Marine Science with Sherri SeligsonSTEM and Marine Science

In this episode,  Sherri Seligson joins Florida Parent Educators Association’s (FPEA) Chairwoman, Suzanne Nunn to talk about STEM and Marine science what it is and how you can get excited about it and incorporate it into your homeschool. Specifically, focusing on Marine Science. Listen in and get excited about the many ways to explore Marine Science! Make plans to join us and Sherri this September for our STEM Conference. Find more information at the link below.

Please join us as we travel along this journey on our podcast adventure. Let’s get connected! Learn more about the Florida Parent Educator’s Association and homeschooling in the beautiful state of Florida.

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Join us June 28-29, 2019 for Fun in the Sun!

Sherri Seligson will be joining us for this FUN and INFORMATIVE field trip in the FLORIDA KEYS!

There will be opportunities to Snorkel, Dive and many other fun events over the weekend.

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For the Love of Florida…Cruising with FPEA

Florida Cruising #FPEA #FloridaHomeschooling #FloridaPodcast #WildFloridaFor the Love of Florida…Cruising with FPEA

Podcast #67

 

Welcome to episode #67 of FPEA Connects. We have a fun topic. We have been busy planning toward some upcoming events with FPEA. One of those awesome events is REFRESH FPEA Marriage Cruise 2020. Let’s just talk about cruising and the sunshine state because you know thousands of people fly in, drive in, whatever it takes to cruise out of Florida to the Caribbean and some very exotic ports of call.

For the love of Florida! Cruising is definitely a reason to love Florida. It is easy to jump on a ship and escape from the everyday.

It was in the 1970s and 1980s that Florida began to experience a bit of a boom in the cruise industry  which drives a huge part of Florida’s economy today.

What we discuss:

  • What to expect!
  • First timers
  • How the food works
  • What’s a drink package
  • Choosing dining…..early, late, anytime
  • You need a lanyard
  • Sail and Sign card
  • Documents….passport, birth certificate and photo id
  • Excursions and other activities in port
  • Ship activities
  • Getting to know the ship….videos….you tube
  • Concerns people might have – Drinking/partying, etc.
  • Safety in ports…..
  • do your homework…..economy built around
  • Carnival Hub….sign on for the cruise info and schedule…connectivity on the ship….texting app…..
  • Seasickness….
  • Cruise attire….formal nights…
  • Cabin size/amenities

Our upcoming cruise REFRESH FPEA Marriage Cruise 2020 ……Cost baseline $544….tax, gratuity and port fees…first deposits are due by the end of March and final payments are due in October

Special Guests Heidi & Jay St. John and Todd & Debbie Wilson!

Join us January 4th – on the Carnival Magic

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Favorite Homeschooling Books – How Tos

Favorite How To BooksOn the last episode, Favorite Homeschooling Books – Philosophy, we look a look at some of my favorite homeschooling books related to educational philosophy. If you missed it, be sure to go back and have a listen! It is important to form our own beliefs about education and develop/refine a philosophy.

Now I want to explore some books that have helped me with the “nuts and bolts.” Admittedly, I am more of a “learn by doing” type of person, but these books have given me some good ideas and a jumping off point for my own methods and ideas.

Some of the books on this list are ones that I have not read, but have reviewed enough to know they are gems worth reading! For example, “Learning in Spite of Labels” is directed at parents of special needs children and thus does not pertain to me. However, I know the author and her philosophy, and I’ve read enough excerpts to highly recommend it.

So, let’s jump in!

 

Mary Pride’s Complete Guide to Getting Started Homeschooling by Mary Pride – This is my very favorite resource to recommend for brand new homeschoolers! What I love about it is that it really is what it says… “complete”! Mary goes through every topic imaginable with homeschooling, tackling learning styles, educational philosophies and methods (the 12 most popular homeschool methods), educating the gifted and special needs child, testing and evaluation, and many common questions the newbie may have. This book was my crash course one summer when my kids were young and I was still figuring things out! It was really instrumental in helping me being exploring my own philosophy of education and what I wanted for my children. Until I read this book, it had not even occurred to me to figure that out!

Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder by Mariah Bruehl – I’m not sure how I came across this lovely, inspiring book, but it’s one that you just want to pick up again and again. It almost has a “coffee table” book feel about it. The pages are those clean, smooth pages that show off photos so beautifully. Okay, I know… That may seem a silly virtue to start with. Content is pretty important, after all! But when you have exclellent content in such a nice package, it is hard to not get a little giddy. The photos and layout are inspiring… like holding somoene’s Pinterest account in your hands. But I suppose I should at least mention something of the content. 😉 I love that this book, while focusing on the importance of play, helps parents to gently guide their children’s play to help develop various aspects of the education by suggesting various projects and “playful learning spaces.” This can, of course, be taken to the extreme and we don’t want to interfere too much in our children’s imaginations, but I think the author strikes a good balance here. As I’m sure it’s apparent, I am inspired!

Project-Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners by Lori Pickert

This is another book that helps the parent to guide the child in their learning. Though not as “exciting” as the previous book (dull paper and black and white pictures…snooze), it is still worthwhile for its excellent content! What stood out to me was the ideas of engaging with children and helping them take the next steps. The parent is taught how to help their child research ideas without taking over, how to praise with sincerity and honesty, and how to help the child document their progress. What I love about this approach is that we are building connections with our children by being involved and interested in their work. And by allowing them to take the lead, we are teaching them to be independent and affirming that they do have great ideas and that we believe in them!

100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy

This is one of those tried and true books that nearly every homeschooler owns, myself included. I must admit, though, that I have not read it in its entirety. I use it as more of a resource for researching curricula. But, like the Complete Guide above, it is a book that can be very useful for the new homeschooler in forming a philosophy of education and figuring out the nuts and bolts of what that will look like in their home. Cathy even has a chapter dedicated to helping you figure out what style and philosophy of education will work best for your family by going through a series of questions and quizzes. Many parents forget this crucial step and dive right in to choosing curricula! So I appreciate her attention to this important detail.

All Through the Ages by Christine Miller

I was very excited when I came across this book because it fits so well with a living books and story type of approach to history. This could probably also be put in the category of curriculum, as it really is more of a how-to guide to building your own history curriculum. It is divided into periods of time, with each period having a list of recommended books by grade level.

Learning in Spite of Labels by Joyce Herzog

If you’ve never heard Joyce Herzog speak, you need to find a recording somewhere and purchase it! Joyce is no longer speaking at conferences, but for those with special needs children, her wisdom is invaluable. If you can’t find a presentation to buy (or even if you can), then purchase her book. I’m not big on labels, and neither is Joyce, but she still recognizes the need for teaching that is specialized for those who learn differently, whatever we may want to “label” them. Her positivity and encouragement can be felt through hear writings, and her tips are practical and sensible. Though she is no longer speaking, I was privileged to hear her on a webinar about a year ago, and I will never forget her demonstration that helped those of us on the call understand what it is like to be learning disabled. (It’s also on pages 4-5 of her book.)

 

These are just a few books I would recommend to help you in your lifeschooling journey. I hope these past two episodes have inspired you, as they have me, to dig into some good books this year!

12-Months of Free Printables

12 Months of Printables such as: Making memories with kids, new beginnings, reach for the stars, fall blessings and so many more!

I know, I know! I’ve seen the junky printables out there. Some are not worth the paper they are printed on. These are lovingly crafted (by me, Felice Gerwitz) a long-time homeschooler. I homeschooled from 1986-2018 and now I am putting the ideas I used with my own family into a printable format.

(Eight of my books have been cited in Cathy Duffy’s 100 and 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum)

What do you get? The big 4-Square planner with a tried and true method to keep everything organized on (wait for it) one sheet of paper! Bam! Easy. Easy. Easy. Here are some details:

  • January – Big Planner, chock full of great tools for the new homeschool year plus family life.
  • February – February planner for school and meals. Valentine’s day bookmarks, games, and a sneak peek of a great Easter idea.
  • March – Planner & Printables get ready for Easter some wonderful ideas for your family.
  • April – Planner & Printables here we go, jump into spring!
  • May – Celebrating Mom. Mother’s Day ideas, gifts mom really want and more.
  • June – Making Memories Summer Fun fun! Great ideas for jumping into summer with activities for the kids.
  • July – Schedule & Lists – Find Your Passion. We discuss how to find your child’s passion and direct them to great things!
  • August – New Beginnings and a new year. Checklists for the kids and planner for mom. Lots of ideas for an organized new year.
  • September – Reach For the Stars – Child’s Potential. Encouraging your child, planning and Scripture copy work.
  • October – Fall Blessings, lots of ideas for fall parties, food and planning as well as keeping your homeschool going.
  • November – Giving Thanks with great ideas for Thanksgiving, nametags, meal planning and more.
  • December – Ultimate Gift deciding on the perfect gift, with meal planner, my prized recipes and more.

 

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Evidence For Creation

Creation Matters!

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Christian Heroes to Celebrate

October is a great month to practice thankfulness, so let’s thank God this month for our Christian Heritage.

The Bible tells us we are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses that are cheering us on (Hebrews 12). Who are these witnesses? Why, all the folks in Hebrews 11’s Hall of Faith. We also have heroes from history whose lives inspire us to stay the course and run the race.

Let’s meet a few!

Saint Patrick

Kidnapped by Irish pirates, Patrick finally accepted Christ while he was a slave in Ireland. He managed to escape and get home to England only to find that his godly parents were already in Heaven. Patrick pursued the Lord and grew in his faith, eventually sensing a called to the ministry and, believe it or not, to the Irish people. After years of training, he returned to the idol-worshiping people of Ireland and called them to repent and believe in Jesus. His ministry was an exciting one and I am happy to tell you that Patrick was used by the Lord to convert most of the Irish people to Christianity. He even had some power encounters with the druid priests who got their power from the forces of darkness.

Read more about Saint Patrick here.

Athanasius

During his lifetime, many people who claimed to be Christians did not believe that Jesus was God. Athanasius preached and taught tirelessly the truth of the deity of Christ, often facing persecution. Finally, Emperor Constantine called for church leaders to meet and write up a statement of faith: the Nicene Creed, declaring the Jesus is God of God, Light of Light, True God of True God.

Have you ever heard of the Nicene Creed? You might say it every Sunday if you are part of a traditional church. The truths contained in this creed is what all Christians agree on. We may disagree on baptizing infants or communion, but we can all agree that God created the world, Jesus is the Only Begotten Son of the Father, the Holy Spirit gives life, and everyone who believes in Jesus is part of the universal church.

Pope Gregory the Great

Born into a wealthy political family in Rome, Gregory gave up his wealth to become a monk, living an honorable life of service to God and people. It was hard for him to accept the call to lead the church as pope, but he did. He called his bishops and priests to a humble life of loving the Lord and people. He also wrote songs, created musical notation, unified the mass throughout Europe, and sent missionaries to England.

Read more about Pope Gregory the Great here.

Jan Huss

John Huss was a powerful preacher who discovered the works of John Wycliffe, emphasizing the need to make the Bible the center of life and doctrine. In Bohemia, Jan meticulously copied John Wycliffe’s works for others to read and discuss. He began to preach these truths himself, ushering in revival in his nation. Eventually, John Huss was burned at the stake for his disagreements with the pope.

Read more about John Huss here.

His teachings influenced Martin Luther.

Martin Luther

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther protested against the bad behavior going on in the Roman Catholic Church at the time. He reminded all of Christendom that “the just shall live by faith” and that we are saved by grace through faith. The good news is that the Roman Catholic Church did reform, but the bad news is that it was too late. The Protestant Reformation had begun resulting in numerous denominations and spreading revival across Europe. Now, instead of one church in Western Europe and America, there are more denominations than one can count. However, every denomination has been called to “Sola Scriptura” or making the Bible the center of faith and living.

Read more about Martin Luther here.

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa is one of my personal heroes. She served the poorest of the poor in the slums of Calcutta. Saint Teresa of Calcutta was born in Skopje, now the capital of Macedonia. Feeling God’s call to be a nun, she served the Lord in Ireland as a nun, training for her future. She felt a call to move to India and serve the poorest of the poor, doing it for Jesus Himself. Devoted to the Lord, she saw every life valuable, speaking out against abortion and urging Christians to love Jesus by serving others. She started “Missionaries for Charity, now active in 133 countries serving folks with AIDS, leprosy, and other illnesses, as well as the poor, orphans, and the uneducated. She took vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Her followers do the same. She  won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, but more important she obeyed God’s Word by serving those who cannot serve you back. She is an inspiration to many.

I hope I have whetted your appetite to learn more about the great cloud of witnesses that is cheering us on from the pages of history. It is definitely worth investing our time in learning about our amazing Christian heritage.

Here are some resources for you:

12 Saints Every Christian Should Know

Our Reformation Sunday Celebration (this is how we celebrated Reformation Day one year with adults dressing up as godly reformers)

Have a Heroes for Jesus Party (a fun way to teach kids church history)

Until next time, Happy Homeschooling,

Warmly,

Meredith Curtis

Wild Florida Spotlight: Clewiston

Wild Florida Spotlight: ClewistonWild Florida Spotlight: Clewiston

Podcast #60

FPEA has developed Florida History Adventures+ Bundles in an effort to bring the study of Florida History (plus other exciting studies) right to your inbox. Through this new monthly bundle, FPEA members will have access to Florida History, Science, Geography, and Literature in the form of unique unit studies developed just for you. Each monthly bundle will focus on a topic that has played a significant role in the state we all love and call home, Florida. No two bundles will look exactly alike. Some bundles will include Science unit studies to complement the topic, others may include Geography or Literature, or it may have a little bit of everything. You will also receive special extras like recipes to make at home, craft ideas or great ideas for a field trip to enhance your study.

We thought of another great idea too! We’ll all be working on these same fun unit studies at home, why not make some time to get together and enjoy some adventure with each other? So, we will be hosting some special FPEA Field Trip Days. For these little excursions, you will want to bring along your Road Trip Tracker, which will be included in your first bundle. This will give you a special place to keep track of your Florida excursions.

In this episode, we will SPOTLIGHT: Clewiston

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Fall Bucket List

Fall Bucket List

Podcast #59

It’s Fall! Time to look at a Fall Bucket List. This is a favorite season is to get outside and explore. Find some great Fall crafts, and participate in many community events. We discuss some of these things and give you some ideas to get your Fall bucket list started. Let’s look at some ideas for little ones and the whole family!

  • Apple picking
  • Game Night
  • Fall Festivals
  • Community Farms
  • Cooking Fall foods
  • Hay Rides
  • Church events
  • and more!

Enjoy seasonal scents in your home or school room? Do you use a diffuser or simmer pot? Here are some essential oils recommended for the Fall season

  • Cinnamon
  • Clove Oil
  • Eucalyptus
  • Sweet Orange
  • Citrus oils
  • Pine Oil
  • Ginger
  • Cedarwood
  • Sandalwood
  • Clove
  • Frankincense

 

Find great Fall blend ideas here

Essential Oils Blends Perfect for Fall

Fall Diffuser Essential Oil Blends

How to use essential oils to create amazing fall scent recipes for your home

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Books we mentioned on our show:

How To Make An Apple Pie and See the World

The Bernstein Bears and the Prize Pumpkin

Apples, Apples Everywhere

 

The Berenstein Bears Harvest Festival

 

 

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