Learn Geography in the Kitchen!

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #140, Learn Geography in the Kitchen!, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Learn Geography in the Kitchen!

In “Learn Geography in the Kitchen!” Episode, #140, Meredith Curtis introduces you to global cuisine that your children can cook, bake, and eat. Learning is more fun in the kitchen and that’s true of geography, too. You can travel from continent to continent learning about popular foods and places to visit. A springboard to a unit study or delight-directed rabbit trail is always a possibility!

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Your children can cook, bake, and eat their way across the world. Learning is more fun in the kitchen and that’s true of geography, too. You can travel from continent to continent learning about popular foods and places to visit.

Start by looking at a map of the continent and talking about some of the foods that are native to the region.

I also like to explore places that are beautiful and interesting. You can do all of this with Travel God’s World Cookbook: maps, flags, info about each continent, places to visit list, foods to try list, and recipes!

North America

Canada and the USA are huge countries that take up all the space in the third largest continent. Though Central America is considered part of North America, I’m going to talk about Central America separately.

Places to Visit

  • Niagara Falls
  • Rockies (in US and Canada)
  • Nortre-Dame Basilica
  • Grand Canyon
  • Pike’s Peak
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Mount Rushmore
  • Kennedy Space Center

Foods to Try:

  • Maple Syrup
  • Tourtiere (beef and meat pie)
  • Poutine (fries covered in gravey and cheese curds)
  • Grits
  • Hamburgers
  • Fried Chicken
  • Apple Pie

Central America

Mexico, El Salvadore, Panama, Costa Rica, Belize, Honduras, Guatamala, and Nicaragua make up Central America.

Beautiful beaches, hot deserts, and majestic mountains make it a lovely place to explore.

Places to Visit:

  • Totihuacan (pyramids)
  • Guanajuato
  • Acapulco
  • Ruta de las Flores
  • Lake Ilopango (lake in a volcano crater)
  • Tazumal (Mayan ruins)
  • Snorkle off Caye Caulker Island
  • Rio Celeste Waterfall

Foods to Try:

  • Tamales
  • Tostados
  • Enchiladas
  • Pupasas
  • Yuca Frita
  • Tres Leches Cake

Caribbean

The Caribbean is filled with tropical islands like St. Lucia, Curacao, Bahamas, Antigua, Guadeloupe, Aruba, Barbados, Grenada, Anguilla, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.

Places to Visit:

  • The Beaches
  • Historic Churches
  • Gardens
  • Plantation Museums

Foods to Try:

  • Conch
  • Mango Chutney
  • Coconut Rice
  • Breadfruit
  • Plantains
  • Sugar cakes
  • Pina Colada

South America

Twelve nations make up South America and each has its own flavor and food.

Places to Visit:

  • Angels Falls
  • Igauzu Falls
  • Christ the Redeemer Statue overlooking Rio De Janeiro
  • Amazon Rainforest
  • Cathedrals
  • Monestaries
  • Colonial Towns
  • Cachu Picchu (Inca ruins)
  • Galapogos Islands
  • Atacama Desert

Food to Try:

  • Black Beans
  • Arroz con Pollo
  • Cuy (Guinea Pig)
  • Alpaca
  • Cheesy Potatoes
  • Flan
  • Coffee

Europe

The second-smallest continent is jam-packed with countries! There is a so much to see and taste.

Places to Visit:

  • Big Ben
  • Westminster Cathedral
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Notre Dame
  • Charles Bridge/Prague Castle
  • Venice
  • Assisi
  • Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Swiss Alps
  • Vatican
  • Cologne Cathedral
  • Alhambra

Foods to Try:

  • Fish and Chips
  • Paella
  • Coq au Vin
  • Ratatouille
  • Corned Beef and Cabbage
  • Rye Bread
  • Fondue
  • Schnitzel
  • Gelato

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Africa

Exotic Africa is home to 54 countries! Wow! From deserts to savannahs to jungles, this continent has it all including majestic mountains.

Places to Visit:

  • Pyramids
  • Victoria Falls
  • Mouont Kilimanjara
  • Safari Animals at Maasai Mara National Reserve
  • Gorillas & Chimpanzees at Virunga National Park
  • Kalahari Desert
  • Zanzibar
  • Madagascar
  • Mauritius

Food to Try:

  • Akara Balls
  • Kushari
  • Chicken Tagine
  • Bobotie
  • Curried Cabbage
  • Red Lentils with Yams
  • Tahini Dip
  • Puff Puff
  • Honey Cakes

Asia

Asia is BIG! From the    Hialayan Mountains to the tropical rainforests of Vietnam to the deserts of the Middle East, Asia is unique in its cultures and peoples.

Places to Visit:

  • Great Wall of China
  • Forbidden City
  • Mount Fuji
  • Taj Mahal
  • The Grand Palace Bangkok
  • Singapore
  • Dead Sea
  • Sea of Gallilee
  • Temple Mount in Jerusalem
  • Ephesus
  • Cappadocia

Foods to Try:

  • Hummus
  • Spicy Edamame
  • Chop Suey
  • Mongolian Beef
  • Boba Tea
  • Pineapple Cakes

Australia & Oceania

From the glaciers of New Zealand to the tropical rainforests of the Polynesia, Oceania is full of wonder and beauty. Australia is the smallest continent with New Zealand nearby. Oceania is made up of many tropical island nations.

Places to Visit:

  • Lake Wakatipu
  • Waitomo Caves
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
  • Bondi Beach
  • Outback
  • Kangeroo Island
  • Fiji
  • Sopoaga Waterfall, Samoa
  • Faarumai Waterfalls, Tahiti
  • Varirate National Park, Papua New Guinea

Foods to Try:

  • Kiwi Dip
  • Cheese & Bacon Roll
  • Dagwood Dog (similar to corn dogs)
  • Chicken Fafa
  • Emu
  • Crocodile
  • Kangeroo
  • Green Chicken Curry Pie
  • Kokoda (raw fish with citrus and coconut milk)
  • Mumu (leafy greens, root vegetables, meat, fruit, coconut milk cooked in a banana leaf-lined pit)
  • Palusami (taro leaves & onions in coconut milk)
  • Fairy Bread
  • Lamingtons

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Amazing History of Flight

In “Amazing History of Flight,” Episode, #139, Meredith Curtis introduces you to the amazing history of flight! Aviation history is thrilling. Meredith touches on some of the highlights and the men who risked their lives because they believed they could somehow fly. Unit study, delight-directed suggestions given too!

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Each time I fly, I’m overwhelmed by the miracle of flight—that we can soar through the air on a huge heavy plane!

Aviation history is thrilling. I want to dive into every detail! Instead, I’ll just touch on some of the highlights from early flight adventures. I’m hoping this will inspire your family to explore more!

Chinese Kites

A thousand years before Jesus was born, the Chinese people invented kites. They flew on their kites to spy on enemy troops.

Monk Oliver Breaks His Legs

A thousand years after Jesus’ birth, Benedictine Monk Oliver jumps from his Abbey with the aid of wings. After a very brief flight, he falls and breaks his legs.

Marco Polo Observes Humans Flying on Kites

When Marco Polo visited China, he was amazed to see huge kites carrying people!

Leonardo Designs Flying Machines

Leonardo Da Vinci draws a flying machine after studying bird wings.

Hezarfen Celebi Leaps & Lands

In Turkey, Hezarfen Celebi jumps from a tower and flies, landing in the market place of Scutari.

Model Hot Air Balloon

In Portugal, Father Bartolomeu de Gusmao creates a model of a hot air balloon. Then, he demonstrates how it works to King John V in 1709.

First Hot Air Balloon Rides

The Montgolfier brothers, Joseph and Jacques, create a hot air balloon in 1783. The have 3 successful flights: with human passengers, with animal passengers, and unmanned. The balloon is powered by burning wood.

The next year, the Montgolfier brothers fly in their hot air balloon with 6 passengers. Hot air balloons become popular!

Andre Parachutes Out of a Balloon

In 1787, Andre Jacques Garnerin leaps from a hot air balloon 2,000 feet in the air. Lucky for him, he is wearing a newly-invented parachute.

Sir George Cayley Builds a Glider

In 1799, Sir George Caylay of England created a design of a fixed-wing aircraft. 5 years later, he built and the first successful model glider.

In 1852, Sir George and his grandson George John Cayley completed a large glider that flew an adult.

Sir George Cayley was one of the first people to understand and identify weight, lift, drag, and thrust. He is considered the Father of Aviation.

Clement Flies a Steam-Powered Monoplane

In 1890, Clement Ader flew a steam-powered 1-wing plane a distance of 160 feet outside of Paris.

Otto Lilienthal

Otto Lilienthal enjoys several glider flights in the summer of 1891. These flights were observed to be safe and repeatable. People began to see gliding in a different light.

Over the next few years, he improved his designs. Unfortunately, he died in 1896 in a glider accident.

Zeppelin Airships

In 1900, the airship Zeppelin takes her first flight.

Wright Brothers

In 1892, the Orville and Wilbur Wright open a bicycle shop. However, their hearts are on flight. In 1900, the brothers took their first glider flight. In 1902, they modified their glider to make it more flyable.

On December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers have the first successful powered, manned, heavier-than air flight. It lasts only 12 seconds.

Over the next few years, they modify their plane, improve their flying, and eventually start a business selling airplanes and training pilots. They sell their flights to Americans, British, French, Italian, and German buyers, and the US War Department.

Flying airplanes travels around the world with folks crossing the English Channel (Louis Bieriot), gaining speed (Glenn H. Curtiss wins speed tests), flying across North America (Cal Rodgers from NY to CA), and first night flight (Charles W. Hamilton).

First Helicopter

French inventor Paul Cornu flies the first helicopter in 1907. In 1939, Igor Sikorsky pilots a helicopter lifting off the ground 3 feet for 10 seconds. Later on, in the Vietnam War, helicopters will be the “work horse” of the USA Army.

World War I

The brand new airplanes are used in World War I for reconnaissance.

At first, enemy pilots just wave to each other. Soon, however, they begin to shoot at each other and throw grenades out of the planes on the enemy below. Dog fights become part of fighting in the air.

What is a dog fight?

A dog fight is a battle in the air conducted at close range. The fights often took the form of a dance between the pilots in the air with swooping and swirling and turning and dodging. Pilots learned to fly their planes in all different directions to avoid a hit.

Learn more about World War I heroes on this podcast: 7 Amazing World War I Heroes

Boeing is Born

In 1916, Boeing is founded by William Edward Boeing, an aviation pioneer. The company designs, manufactures, and sells airplanes. Later on, they will design, manufacture, and sell missiles, rockets, and satellites.

USS Langley

The USS Langley is the first American aircraft carrier, commissioned in 1926.

Charles Lindbergh

Charles Lindbergh flies across the Atlantic Ocean by himself in 1927 on the Spirit of St. Louis from New York to Paris.

Amelia Earnhart

Amelia Earnhart is the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

Toy Airplanes

Model Airplanes become popular in the 1930s as little boys dream of growing up to be pilots.  At the end of the century, remote control planes become popular with kids, and even more popular with dads.

Airship Crashes in New Jersey

German airships Zeppelins are a popular form of transportation until one crashes in New Jersey in 1937 and burst into flames.

Commercial Airlines

Just like the Wright brothers started a business selling planes and giving pilot lessons, other folks start businesses flying passengers in planes. The first commercial airline companies are founded in 1920:  KLM ( Netherlands) and Qauntas (Australia). Finnair (Finland) is founded in 1923.

Early European airlines are spacious and comfortable. Passenger cabins are luxurious. In America, Pan Am and Northwest Airways are the only airlines with international flights in the 1930s.

World War II

In 1941, US fighter pilots fly across the Pacific together, the Tuskagee Airmen (first black fighter squadron) is formed, and there is a surprise fighter pilot attack on the naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The USA enters World War II immediately. Airplanes play a huge role in the battles of World War II, ending in an Allied victory!

Learn more by listening to this podcast: Pearl Harbor 12.7.41

Golden Age of Flying

Jet airliners were introduced in the 1950s and good-bye to noisy propellers. Though plane tickets are expensive, you will be treated like royalty once you are on the airplane with unlimited food, drinks, and snacks. Magazines, newspapers, pillows, and blankets are provided to passengers. To get on your airplane, you have to walk across the tarmac and climb up stairs.

The flight crew (pilots and flight attendants) operates the airplane and takes care of the passengers. planes have three pilots: the captain, the first officer, and a navigator. The ground crew takes care of everything at the airport with flight dispatchers, baggage handlers, ramp agents, aerospace engineers, gate agents, ticket agents, reservation agents, and crew schedulers.

What Happens Next

From jumbo jets to rockets with the Concorde flying faster than the speed of sound, flight has continued to advance throughout the 20th Century and on to the 21st.

This brief history of aviation is a great jumping off point for a unit study. Here are some suggestions:

  • Pilots
  • Aviation Pioneers
  • Airline Companies
  • Aviation Manufacturers
  • Airports
  • Fligth Careers

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In “My Favorite Founding Mothers & Fathers,” Episode, #138, Meredith Curtis introduces you to the Christian Freedom Fighters of old. The American Revolution was won by freedom-loving patriots who resisted tyranny after decades of patient negotiating. They worked hard, loved their families, read their Bibles, went to church, and poured their lives into a cause bigger than themselves. Are you ready to meet a few of these amazing men and women?

 

 

 


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Show Notes

The American Revolution was won by freedom-loving patriots who resisted tyranny after decades of patient negotiating. They worked hard, loved their families, read their Bibles went to church, and poured their lives into a cause bigger than themselves. Let’s meet just a few of these amazing men and women.

First the Founding Mothers.

Abigail Adams

Wife of Founding Father John Adams, Abigail influenced her husband with wise counsel throughout his political career through letters and conversations. She took an active role in politics at her husband’s side.

Martha Washington

She was married to Founding Father George Washington. Though she was very shy, Martha was a lovely hostess and homemaker. She visited her husband during the Revolutionary War and served at his side in politics. First First Lady!

Eliza Lucas Pinckney

A botanist, Eliza experimented with growing indigo in South Carolina and shared her research with other farmers. Eliza’s husband and sons were all involved in the American Revolution.

Mary Ludwig Hays

Molly Pitcher brought water to the soldiers and fought beside her husband in the Battle of Monmouth.

Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton

Deeply devoted to Jesus and married to Alexander Hamilton who she helped with his political writings, Mrs. Hamilton spend the remaining years of her life after Alexander died, directing an orphanage.

Dolley Madison

A bubbly extrovert, Dolley married the shy James Madison and helped to make her husband popular. She saved artwork and furnishings when the British burned the White House down during the War of 1812.

Now for the Founding Fathers.

Patrick Henry

Fiery speaker, governor of Virginia, US Representative, and father of 17 children, Patrick was a devout follower of Jesus Christ. He is considered the Father of the Bill of Rights and is remembered for his persuasive “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech.

George Washington

Remembered as General Washington and President Washington, yet his favorite roles were as husband, father, grandfather, and farmer at his beloved Mt. Vernon. He experienced God’s incredible protection in battle.

John Hancock

A business owner who became involved with Sam Adams and then the Sons of Liberty. He served in the First Continental Congress and as President of the Second Continental Congress. He served as governor of Massachusetts for nine terms, but is remembered best for his fancy signature at the bottom of the Declaration of Independence.

Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams was a fire ball with strong opinions about liberty. He served in the First Continental Congress, helped to draft the Articles of Confederation, and served in Massachusetts as President of MA Senate, Lt. Governor, and Governor.

John Quincy Adams

John served his famous father during the American Revolution starting at age 14. He spent his entire life serving the brand new USA as Minister to the Netherlands, Senator, Secretary of State, and President. After his term as President, he served as a Representative in the US Congress until his death.

Richard Henry Lee

On July 2, 1776, Richard Henry Lee challenged the Second Continental Congress to declare itself free from England. He served in the House of Burgesses in Virginia, was the first President of the USA under the Articles of Confederation, and championed the Bill of Rights as a US Senator from Virginia.

 

I hope I have whet your appetite to learn more about these and other American Revolution heroes.

God bless you and God bless the USA.

 

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In “30 Creative Gift Ideas Dad Will Love this Father’s Day,” Episode, #137, Meredith Curtis acknowledges that homeschool dads are amazing. Sometimes it can be hard to think of creative ways to let Dad know how much we appreciate him. Don’t worry Meredith has 30 different ideas—there’s one that will work for your father. You will love these ideas! And so will Dad!

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Homeschool dads are the best! They work so hard and sacrifice so much for their wives and children. Father’s Day is a great time to let Dad know how much he means to you. Here are some fun creative ideas. One of these will make his day!

Rent His Dream Car

Get Tickets to a Game

Hire Someone to Mow the Lawn for a Month

Make 7 Favorite Desserts: one for Each Night of the Week

Go Fishing or Hunting Together

Go To A Car Show

Get Him an Introductory Flight Lesson

Go Sky Diving

Interview Dad about His Childhood and watch the Videos together

Invent New Cereals (Add ingredients to plain cereals and see who comes up with the best cereal)

Make Dad a Playlist of Dad songs

Go Bowling

Play Horseshoes in the Back Yard

Binge-Watch Marvel Movies

Go-Karting or Bumper Cars or Bumper Boats

Paintball or Airsoft

Go Boating or Deep Sea Fishing

Hiking or Kayaking

Give Dad a Backrub

Golf or Miniature Golf

Wash the Car & Detail the Inside

Serve Him Breakfast in Bed

Do His Chores for a Week

Go to an Escape Room

Rock Climb

Tell Dad Jokes or Watch Video of Dad Jokes

Your Love & Respect

 

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Show Notes

How to we instill virtues through habits and patterns?

Model

Scripture Memorization

Role playing/training

Correction

Try, fail, redo, try, succeed, rejoice

Proactive opportunities

Reward

Humility

God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble.

A teachable heart starts with humility. “I have something to learn and you have something valuable to teach me.”

How to model humility and maintain authority.

Obedience/Honor

Obey immediately, completely, and cheerfully

How children treat parents is how they will respond to God

Obedience Game

Holidays (Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, others)

Thank parents/spouse for what they do

Hard Work

The Lord commends hard work and declares that all hard work brings a profit.

Idle hands are the devil’s workshop

How screen time sucks our children’s drive and ambition out

Schoolwork

Chores

Reward hard work

Diligence/Faithfulness

But when the Son of Man returns, will he find faith (faithfulness) on the earth?

He who is faithful in little is faithful in much

Do your best in everything. Whatever you do work at it with all your heart as if working for the Lord

Schoolwork, making bed, clearing plate from table, putting away what you get out, chores

Teach the joy of completion with easy tasks with occasional challenges

Reward faithfulness & diligence with praise and awards

Greeting

Greet one another.

Greeting communicates love and value. Place high value on others

Manners/etiquette

Teach to greet if shy

Greet when you arrive and when others arrive

Always say goodby and “thank you for having me”

Service

You are not the center of the universe

J.O.Y.

Joy of giving and serving

Notice needs

Play the “Let’s discover needs” game

Serve in small ways and grow

Help carry diaper bag/help carry others’ diaper bags/bring in groceries/carry boxes

Bear your own burden and help others bear their burdens

Talk about how fun it was to serve

DON’T complain—complaining saps the joy out of serving!

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Show Notes

The shocking conversation after my talk at a homeschool support group meeting.

A Mother’s Heart & Plans

Train a child in the way they should go….These words have I hidden in my heart….the fear and instruction of the Lord….Good News!

Organic baby food…family devotions….ministry at church….prayer & fasting….loving God together….Bible stories….Sunday school

Hijacked!

Questions or Sin or Heartache or Rebellion or Addition or Depression leading to turning their back on Jesus and His Word.

A generation gone astray.

Is faith gone? Will they get out of the pit they have fallen into? Will they stop believing lies?

Monica

Algeria 300s. Unfaithful husband with violent temper.

Her daughter was a devoted Christian, but Augustine. Wayward, drunken, false religion (Persian & later Plato philosophy), sexual immorality, living with a woman for 15 years.

“The child of these tears shall never perish.”

Ambrose in Milan

17 years of prayer & fasting while wholeheartedly serving God

Jochobed

Tribe of Levi. “Glory of God”

3 Children: Moses leader of Israel, Aaron first high priest, Mariam worship leader/songwriter

Multiply. Slavery. Midwives. Throw baby boys into the Nile.

Exodus 2:2-4: “And the woman conceived and gave birth to a son; and when she saw that he was beautiful, she hid him for three months. But when she could no longer hide him, she got him a papyrus basket and covered it with tar and pitch. Then she put the child in it and set it among the reeds by the bank of the Nile. And his sister stood at a distance to find out what would happen to him.”

Hebrews 11:23 “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.”

Wisdom. Courage. Trust.

Instead of throwing him into the Nile to his death, she placed him in the Nile within a protective basket.

Think of all the ways her plan can go wrong.

Jochebed is paid by the princess to nurse her baby. When he is weaned, she brings him to the princess.

Murderer. Fugitive. Pharoah wants to kill him. Escapes to Midian.

80 years/probably after her death

Annie

6 children. Slowly over decades 4 come to Christ.

Unwavering faith/prayer while wholeheartedly serving God until death.

Prayer & Fasting in Faith

Always pray and never give up! Stand in faith that the God who called you to the task of raising children for Him will pour out grace and mercy to rescue your child even if you do not live to see Him do it.

Fasting.

How to pray.

Continue to serve Jesus wholeheartedly.

Luke 18:1

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6 Ingredients of Great Curriculum

In “6 Ingredients of a Great Curriculum,” Episode, #134, Meredith Curtis can help you if you feel overwhelmed by curriculum choices. There is so much out there! Meredith shares how she chooses curriculum for her family by using a simple checklist of 6 things. She gives practical wisdom on what to look for in homeschool resources including worldview, flexibility, content, usability, cost value, and the fun factor.

 

 

 


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Show Notes

The thrill of a used book sale each May.

Worldview

Curriculum should match worldviews.

As a Christian, I have a biblically based worldview. I believe the Bible is true and applies to all areas of life. I want to show my children how God’s Word relates to every subject we study.

For more information on worldview, listen to my podcast: What is Your Worldview? that explains 6 different worldviews popular in our world today.

When Worldviews Collide is another podcast that helps parents and teens recognize worldviews that contrast with Christianity.

Content

Learn with depth. (Table of Contents for breadth; Read a chapter for depth)

I get excited when a history textbook goes deeper.

Examples:

  • History
  • Math
  • Science
  • Foreign Language

Make lists of what looking for.

If I can’t find everything in one curriculum, I will often combine two separate ones.

Wholesomeness. Purity. Accuracy.

Usability

Different for every person. Some like detailed lesson plans.

Is it clear enough for you how to use it for maximum potential?

Does it seem workable or does the preparation overwhelm you?

Flexibility

Can it be used for the whole family or just one person?

Can it be used at home or in a homeschool co-op?

Can you rearrange the schedule? Stretch it out? Shorten it?

Is it adaptable?

Cost Value

Doesn’t mean that I get the cheapest thing out there. That can end up costing me more in the long run.

Cost value to me means that it is worth the price I will pay for it. That is personal and different for each person.

  • Am I getting what I pay for?
  • If this is core curricula, is it worth the price?
  • If this is supplemental (like timeline, cookbook, literature, map), do I really need it? And is it worth the price?

I love to go to homeschool conventions where I can actually hold and look through curriculum and living books.

The Fun Factor

The fun factor matters to our family.

If our chosen curriculum doesn’t have it, we add those things in ourselves—I usually add ideas next to the Table of Contents or lesson plans.

In our home, things that we consider “Fun Factor” are:

  • Cooking/Baking
  • Timelines
  • Movies/TV Shows
  • Games
  • Hands-On Activities
  • Creating Skits, Radio Dramas, Commercials
  • Mapping
  • Living Books
  • Historical Fiction
  • Geographical Fiction
  • Writing Poems
  • Music
  • Art
  • Crafts
  • Dioramas
  • Posters/Brochures/Booklets
  • Lapbooking
  • Blogging about It
  • Dressing Up
  • Travel
  • Field Trips
  • Writing a Story
  • Games
  • Sports
  • History Parties

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Show Notes

2 fish and 5 loaves, 17 acres, and a love of learning.

Why Reach Out to Homeschooling Families

Rapidly growing

Many people forced to homeschool with lockdowns

You probably have homeschooling families in  your congregation

There is a rapidly-growing segment of secular homeschoolers—a mission field!

What are Homeschooling Families LIke

Unique, different philosophies, methods, styles

Age integration (separate by interest/abilities not age/grade)

Some families want kids to stay in service

Christian homeschoolers—Bible applies to all of life—Christian Worldview

Creation Science

Understand difference between support groups, umbrella school, co-op

Things to Consider

Promote Christian values or not?

Statement of Faith?

What activities/behavior will you allow or not allow?

Insurance liability?

I like 3 weeks on/1 week off

Special Senior Year Events

Rent Weekly to a Homeschool Co-op

Rent to a Homeschool Co-op for Special Events

Rent to a Homeschool Co-op for Play Days

Start a Church Ministry: Homeschool Co-op

Host a Weekly or Monthly Sports Day

Host a Weekly or Monthly Mom’s Morning Out

Host a Weekly or Monthly Homeschool Get-Together

Host a Monthly Homeschool Speaker or Video

Provide Babysitting for Ladies Bibles Studies

  • Littles
  • Study Hall
  • Game Room for Older Kids

Provide Internships for Homeschool Teens

  • Office Work
  • Missions Projects
  • Sound Team/Tech/Powerpoint
  • Website
  • Visitattion
  • Worship Team
  • Sunday School
  • Grounds/Building Maintenance & Repair

Provide Educational Workshops & Seminars

Provide a Lending Library

  • Classic Literature
  • Living Books
  • Biographies (especially of Christian heroes!)
  • Homeschool Curriculum
  • Wholesome Family Movies
  • Dvd series

Host a Homeschool Graduation Ceremony

Let Retirees Servce as Teachers in Co-op

Let Retirees Servce Giving Lessons

  • Instrument
  • Singing
  • Choir
  • Marksmanship
  • Cooking
  • Baking
  • Knitting/Crochet
  • Quilting
  • Car Maintenance

Let Retirees Servce as Tutors

Host a History Party

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Christ in Easter: 10 Days of Family Fun

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Christ in Easter: 10 Days of Family Fun

In “Celebrate Easter: 10 Days of Family Fun,” Episode, #132, Meredith Curtis gives you a 10-day plan for Family Devotions/Fun that will engage all ages and make your Holy Week/Easter celebration meaningful for the whole family. Each day, she has Scripture suggestions, prayer focus, discussion ideas, song/hymn ideas, and fun activities. Easter is more than brand new frilly dresses and baskets packed with goodies. Easter celebrations remind us of the historical day when Jesus died for our sins, paying our penalty, and 3 days later rose from the dead, conquering death forever and setting us free! Use Easter to teach your children about the most important event in history and how it matters to each of them personally.

 


Show Notes

Holy Week is a traditional celebration of the final week in Jesus’ Life ending with the cross (Good Friday) and the resurrection (Easter Sunday). This is a little different though it Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter fall in sync with tradition Holy Week days, it does not line up with Maundy Thursday so please feel free to adapt this any way you would like to.

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Day 1 Saturday Before Palm Sunday

Jesus is anointed at Bethany (Matthew 26:6-13 or John 12:1-9)

Discuss the place of extravagance in worship. Drive it home with foot rubs.

Prayer focus: thanking God

Worship song suggestion: How Great Thou Art

Family Fun: Decorate for Easter

Day 2 Palm Sunday

Triumphal Entry (Matthew 21:1-13 or John 12:12-19)

Discuss “Hosanna”—a cry of praise that means “Help!” or “Please save me!”. Drive it home with a parade around the yard or neighborhood singing.

Prayer focus: things you need God to help with

Worship song suggestion: All Glory, Laud, & Honor

Family Fun: Watch a movie about the life of Jesus

  • The Chosen (TV series)
  • The Gospel of John
  • Jesus
  • The Greatest Story Ever Told
  • Jesus of Nazareth
  • The Miracle Maker

Day 3 Monday

Jesus cleanses the temple (Matthew 21:12-17 or Mark 11:15-19)

Discuss what Jesus was cleaning out—the greed/idoltry. Drive it home by pulling out the refrigerator and cleaning behind it.

Prayer focus: purity

Worship song suggestion: A Mighty Fortress is Our God

Family Fun: Color Easter Eggs together

Day 4 Tuesday

The Plot to Kill Jesus (Matthew 26:3-5 or John 11:45-57)

Discuss the the plot the Jewish leaders were hatching. Drive it home with creating your own plot together. Maybe you can “trick” another family into joining you for dinner.

Prayer focus: pray for freedom from the plots of satan in our world today: sexual immorality, abortion, liberal theology, atheism

Worship song suggestion: Fairest Lord Jesus

Family Fun: have a Treasure Hunt or invite a family over for dinner

Day 5 Wednesday

Passover Feast/Last Supper (Exodus 12:1-36, Matthew 26:17-19 or John 13, I Corinthians 11:23-25)

Discuss how the Passover Feast was fulfilled in Christ. Drive it home with a Christian Seder Meal or family communion.

Prayer focus: greater desire to serve others

Worship song suggestion: Let Us Break Bread Together

Family Fun: Holy Week symbolic eggs

Day 6 Thursday

Garden/Betrayal/Arrest (Matthew 26:36-56 or John 15:1-18:14)

Discuss the focus of Jesus prayer in the Garden (John 17). Drive it home with trying to stay up and pray as late as you can. Who stayed awake the longest?

Prayer focus: bless people who have hurt you in the past

Worship song suggestion: In the Garden

Family Fun: Fill Out a Map of Jerusalem. Label where Jesus spent the last week of His life.

Day 7 Good Friday

Jesus’ Trial, Torture, & Death, Peter’s Denial, Judas’ Suicide (Matthew 26:57-27:50 or John 18:12-19:30)

Discuss what Jesus’ betray, arrest, beating, mocking, agony, and death show us about the holiness of God / His punishment of sin. Drive it home by having devotion time at 3 p.m., the hour He died. Also write past sins on pieces of paper and nail them to a wooden cross.

Prayer focus: forgiveness

Worship song suggestion: The Old Rugged Cross

Family Fun: make & eat Hot Cross Buns (the cross on the top symbolizes the cross of Jesus)

Day 8 Saturday before Easter

Supernatural Events as Jesus Died & Christ’s Burial (Matthew 27:45, 51-66 or John 19:25-42)

Discuss the last 7 phrases of Jesus. Drive it home by talking about what you would want to communicate before you die.

Prayer focus: freedom from sin

Worship song suggestion: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Family Fun: prepare for tomorrow’s celebration

Day 9 Easter Sunday

Resurrection! (Matthew 28:1-15 or John 20:1-18)

Discuss how each person responded on that first Resurrection Sunday. Drive it home with each person taking an empty egg, going outside, and filling it with something to resprent new life.

Prayer focus: thanking God for His Resurrection!

Worship song suggestion: Christ the Lord is Risen Today

Family Fun: Act out the Resurrection

Day 10: Monday after Easter

The Power of the Resurrection (I Corinthians 15:12-28 and 35-58 or Ephesians 1:15-22 and Philippians 3)

Discuss the power that raised Jesus from the dead. Drive it home by reading with a 25 watt bulb and a 100 watt bulb. Power makes a difference.

Prayer focus: more Resurrection power in our lives!

Worship song suggestion: Heaven Came Down

Family Fun: make Candles

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Stress-Free Homeschool Graduation Celebration

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Stress-Free Homeschool Graduation Celebration

In “Stress-Free Homeschool Graduation Celebration,” Episode #131, Meredith Curtis believes you can plan and celebrate a homeschool graduation stress-free if you plan and budget ahead. With simple explanations and examples, Meredith lays out how to plan a graduation celebration for just your family or a small group of teens. She has graduated 5 with stress-free celebrations so she shares her tips and wisdom with you! She also shares money-saving tips for every step in the process of graduation planning.

 

 


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Show Notes

First homeschool grad—2 graduations.

You can plan a stress-free graduation.

Choose the How

Talk with your teen. What does he want?

Quiet family celebration vs small group vs state homeschool graduation.

Formal vs. Informal

When to start planning? September/October senior year

Choose the Venue for the Graduation Ceremony

Where will graduation take place?

Rent?

Money saving tip: Jose’s graduation at a park

Choose the Venue for the Graduation Party

How we do it: Group graduation with reception. Later private party.

What does your teen/family want?

Our graduation this year.

Money saving tip: Rose’s party at Janet’s

Special Senior Year Events

Growing up we had homecoming, Grad Nite, prom, senior skip day

Special events planned by each family graduating

Ideas:

  • BBQ
  • Bonfire at Beach
  • Game Night
  • Junior/Senior Banquet
  • Christian Concert
  • Class T-Shirts
  • Pool Party
  • Movie Night
  • Boat Outing

Money saving tip: Game night at our house

Senior Photos

Love the senior photos of my kids!

Bring change of clothing for nice, casual, and cap-n-gown. If group—do a group photo shoot at least a month before graduation

Shine’s photo shoots for homeschool seniors

Money saving tip: Family member take photo or bartering or coupons for professionals

Make Your Guest List

Who does teen want to be there?

Make guest list together

Notify out-of-towners as early as possible

Graduation Announcement

Nice way to invite guests (2/1)

Mail 2-4 weeks ahead and up to 8 weeks afterward

Use templates at Walgreens®, Sams®, and other photo developing place

Money saving tip: get it ready early and watch for sales

Plan Menu

Food is very important to teenagers and their guests!

Some teens will leave the planning to you, others will want their favorite foods

When we have a group graduation, each family brings hearty appetizers/sandwiches—enough to feed themselves and all their guests. Then we chip in for drinks and cake.

For creative menu planning ideas, read my blog post 8 Unique Graduation Party Menus.

8 Unique Graduation Menus

Money saving tip: plan ahead and watch for sales. Have guests chip in.

Diplomas, Gowns & More

  • Diplomas
  • Covers
  • Gown
  • Tassel
  • Hat

Money saving tip: order early, create a larger order with other homeschooling families

Making it Special

  • Graduation colors
  • Special verse
  • Motto
  • Graduation Program

Money-saving tip: Let a tech-saavy mom make the program—cuts printing costs!

Itinerary for Ceremony

No Rules. Be creative. Make it special for your teen/teens.

Here is our graduation itinerary:

  • Play slideshow of graduates while guests are arriving
  • Processional of graduates
  • Open in prayer
  • Worship (1-2 songs)
  • Short charge to graduates
  • Graduate talent or speech (song, skit, monologue, etc.)
  • Each graduate goes on stage with parents where dad gives charge and presents diploma, and mom moves tassel. Parents pray over teen.
  • Presentation of graduations/throw their caps
  • Recessional

Right Before Graduation

Keep in touch with guests: who is coming?

Facebook event?

Make the food/prepare anything ahead and freeze

Decorate the day before if possible

Fun Decorating Ideas:

  • Graduation theme on cake
  • Graduation stuffed animal
  • Homemade poster
  • Photos of graduate progressing through life
  • Tablecloth and matching tableware in graduation colors
  • Graduation banners/streamers/balloons

Money saving tip: see what you have around the house, borrow from friends, purchase on sale, start a graduation tote with decorations

Graduation Budget

I put money aside each month during my children’s junior year so that I have money for the graduation expenses. There always seem to be more than I plan for!

Here are things you will want to budget for if you include them in your graduation celebration:

  • Graduation Venue Rental
  • Graduation Venue Rental
  • Senior Photos
  • Graduation Announcement
  • Gown
  • Hat
  • Tassel
  • Diploma
  • Diploma Cover
  • Graduation Program
  • Food for Graduation Party
  • Decorations for Graduation Party

I cannot stress enough the need to talk with your teen and plan everything together.

Don’t forget to take lots of photos so you can remember this special day for years to come!

 

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