Jesus and Moms / 6 Ways to Show Love to Your Children

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Jesus and Moms – 6 Ways to Show Love to Your Children

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Show notes: What I’d like to share tonight is a way to embrace the vocation and high calling of motherhood that keeps our eyes on Christ.


First, let’s look at how Jesus taught. This will help us in our daily, minute-by-minute instruction of our children no matter what age they may be. This is also called relationship.

If we look at the life of Christ we see that Jesus was loving. He repeated spiritual truths over and over so that people might understand. He walked among the people healing them, by asking them questions, and by imparting truth through ways they could understand (Mark 4:34 He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.)

Jesus was someone who attracted others. He had a way of pointing to the Father that satisfied the needs of people. He knew how to satisfy their greatest spiritual needs. Even when they just returned for more bread, he knew they had a greater need.

6 Ways to Show Love to Your Children

Here are ways he did just that, and how as Moms we can be encouraged that if we will follow the master Jesus will meet their needs and our own.

  1. Children need to feel safe, loved, and important.  Do you have a consistent temperament? Do you meet as well as you are able your children’s basic needs for clothing, shelter, and food? Is your discipline consistent or are your children unsure of what to expect? Can your child confide in your? We are especially admonished not to provoke our children to anger or discouragement (Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Colossians 3:21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.Jesus makes us feel safe, loved, and important in his very life (lived sinlessly), death (for our sins), and resurrection (for our justification) that we might have peace with God the Father, Romans chapter 4.
  2. Children must trust their parents Do you keep your word to your children? Do you keep your word to others so your children witness this? Do you do your best to make sure that trustworthy adults influence your children? Remember when we talked about how Jesus patiently repeated things to his followers (and for our benefit) so we’d understand? This built trust. We can trust him because He did exactly what he said he would do. Read Mark 8,9, and 10. He said he would suffer, die, and rise. He did.
  3. Children need to know their worth Do your children understand that their value as a human and made in the image of God? Do your children see how important they are to you by the time and real attention you give to them? Are you full of distraction? God’s Word tells us children are a heritage (Psalm 127) and fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139), and that the Father would hold nothing back in saving them should they stray, and in fact he didn’t hold back his only son. (Matthew 18 and the parable of the lost sheep)
  4. Children need to see their purpose and calling Do your children see that they’ve been created by God and live in the culture and time we live in “for such a time as this”. Do you? Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
  5. Children need chores Constant entertainment is soul-destroying to anyone, especially a child. There is value in work that sparks their creativity and curiosity and helps them see their place in God’s world. Again, Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
  6. Wisdom and role models- Children need your guidance and the guidance of trusted adults, especially as they become young adults themselves to help grow discernment. Who do you know that exhibits wisdom that would be a good influence? Do you exhibit wisdom to your children? Proverbs 13:20 tells us, “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”

Learn more about Susanna Wesley here.


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10th Birthday Celebration & a Giveaway

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There are many homeschool podcasts floating around in cyberspace, but this is the home of the number one homeschool podcast network! What makes us number one? There are so many things, but the first is the heart of the people who podcast on this homeschool network. They love homeschoolers, and are the best mentors I know! They give and give of their time to help moms, dads, grandparents, and others who teach their kids at home. It takes hours to get a show recorded and uploaded, and it is truly a labor of love.

Ten years ago, after much prayer, the Lord gave me this idea for a podcast network.

I approached the following people among others, Hal and Melanie Young (Making Biblical Family Life Practical), Meredith Curtis (Finish Well), Carol Topp (Homeschool CPA), Israel and Brook Wayne (Family Renewal), and Melanie Wilson (Homeschool Sanity) who are still with me today! Then others joined, like Jean Burk (College Prep Genius), Gina Steffy (Mommy Jammies Night & VA 411), Suzzane Nunn (FPEA), Kathy Lee (Momfessions), Sue Meyer (Homeopathy For Mommies), and so many more! We have some new shows like Life Skills 101,  Homeschooling with Technology, and Military Homeschool Podcast.

There are so many people that want to podcast on our network and truthfully, it takes much of my time to vet “would be” Ultimate Homeschool Podcasters — but guess what? For every five people, I talk to, one gets accepted! Yes, one out of five. Why? Because from our conversations, their heart is the number of downloads they might get rather than the heart of homeschool families.

The podcasters with me today are the ones who want to share their knowledge, and their hearts AND have a product or service that will bless homeschoolers!

For example, College Prep Genius — my own kids increased their SAT scores and received college scholarships, or are mentors like Hal and Melanie and Israel and Brook Wayne. I can go on and on!

We have a weekly email with an amazing FREEBIE link! It goes out to all of our show scheduled, and with a click of a button, you can quickly find and listen to the show. We have improved and grown during the years to make us the number one podcast network with not hundreds, not thousands, but millions of downloads. We’ve had amazing sponsors, but again like some who want to podcast with us, I’ve turned down so many — because we only want family-friendly sponsors.

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Below, here is a thumbnail sketch of our Number One Homeschool Podcast Network current shows!

Please visit them, tell them thank you and if you want to interact with these great people join our private pages.

Vintage Homeschool Moms – with by Felice Gerwitz

This show is the longest-running podcast on this network. This show deals with academics, family, kids, holidays, recipes, money-saving ideas, movie and book lists and so much more. As a long-time homeschool mom, (since 1986) with five children all homeschooled this show draws from my own personal knowledge. There are detailed transcripts on newer shows. Sometimes I host guests who I think will bring you value and that you will enjoy. Tune in weekly.

Creation Science Podcast with Felice Gerwitz

This show began with the idea of sharing some of my Creation Science Expo that was hosted years ago, and resides in full on my Media Angels Membership website. However, it has morphed into interviews with people and other hosts! Enjoy this show that airs two times per month.

Making Biblical Family Life Practical – with Hal and Melanie Young
Hal and Melanie are a delightful couple who love the Lord and it shows! They are parents to a multitude of boys and wrote an award-winning book on raising boys, marriage, and teens! Check out their show you will be so blessed. Enjoy this show weekly.

College Prep Genius – with Jean Burk

Want your kids to ace the SAT, ACT and learn test-taking skills? Join Jean (I host with her) and she is soooo amazing! I learned things like the PSAT is not a “practice test” it is so important for scholarships! I tell everyone with high school kids about Jean’s program, it really works and if you tune in she shares this information for free! Transcripts are also on the show – listen twice per month.

Life Skills 101 – Blue Collar Homeschoolers with Lisa Nehring and on occasion Dr. David Nehring

At Life Skills 101 | Blue Collar Homeschoolers, we understand that not every path to success requires a traditional college education. We’re here to provide you with alternative approaches to education, focused on trades, skills, and courses that empower the career-minded homeschooler. Our partnership with the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network allows us to bring you the best and most comprehensive content in the field of homeschooling and career preparation.

Homeschooling CPA Podcast – with Carol Topp

Carol knows so much and shares her knowledge with you! She studied for her CPA license when she was a homeschool mom! She was a perfect example for her children. Carol is an expert on helping homeschool co-ops and schools to stay legal as well as consult with those who need it. She podcasts two times per month.

Finish Well Radio – with Meredith Curtis

Meredith and her team love the Lord (Meredith is married to Pastor Mike – who has a church in Orlando, FL) and they encourage parents of high school students to finish the race well! She deals with high school subjects and sensitive issues that are of interest to high school students and pastors. Often she hosts with other team members or she has special guests on the show. If you have a teenager, this is a show I highly recommend! Airs two times per month.

FPEA Connects  – with Suzanne Nunn

Suzanne Nunn is currently the chairman of the Florida Parent Educators Association with the largest (or one of the largest!) homeschool conferences in all 50 states! Here you will learn about things that are Florida-specific as well as homeschool-specific. Details for upcoming conferences is also shared. Airs two times per month.

The Homeschool High School Podcast with Vicki Tillman, Sabrina Justison & Kym Smythe

The team from 7SistersHomeschool.com (you have to visit their podcast page) is one that is all about including you in their fold and helping, mentoring, and making your high school homeschool journey successful. These ladies know their stuff, Vicki is even a consultant for homeschool families needing extra help with transcripts and the like. They want you to know that homeschooling high school years are the best years. You can do it! This show airs weekly.

Family Renewal – with Israel and Brook Wayne

Godly content from Israel and Brook deals with many things that focus on raising families as well as large family topics. They also delve into topics related to homeschooling such as literature and history our kids must know!

Military Homeschool Podcast – Your host, Crystal Niehoff, is an active-duty Army chaplain’s wife, mother of five, and grandmother to five.

Homeschooling among military families is on the rise due to the many advantages and amazing learning opportunities! Still, it also presents some unique challenges. The Military Homeschool Podcast aims to equip and encourage parents by covering topics relevant to military homeschooling families and featuring guest interviews with experienced military homeschoolers and experts in the educational field.

History for Christian Teens – Your host, Crystal Niehoff, is an active-duty Army chaplain’s wife, mother of five, and grandmother to five.

History is so much more than boring facts about obscure topics and time periods! Learning about the past can be fun! Not to mention the treasure trove of wisdom that is ours for the taking when we study history using the thoroughly accurate and wholly reliable source for knowledge- the Bible- as our guide to understanding the deeper whys and reasons behind it all. History for Christian Teens is for middle and high school-age students- but Moms and Dads are invited to listen in, too! Each week, we will cover a historical person, place, or event, examining it through the lens of the Bible to draw relevant life and character lessons to then apply to our own lives as Christ-followers.

Homeopathy For Mommies with Sue Myers, ND, CCH

Sue came to my attention years ago when she helped me and a close friend to get healthy using natural remedies. Talk about knowledgeable! It is a must-listen-to show if you want to become educated in natural health. Learn how to get healthy and ditch the meds that can make you sick. Of course, check with your health provider before following any advice! Listen two times per month.

Homeschooling with Technology with Meryl van der Merwe

Meryl is a walking-talking techie who knows how to code and has taught students successfully. Her show is full of great information that will help you supercharge your home with technological knowledge. Learn about the apps, and computer programs, and improve your productivity! How exciting! This show is on weekly.

Mommy Jammies Night with Gina Glenn & Felice Gerwitz (archived)

This is just for you moms! Gina Glenn brings you special women who love to mentor moms and bring love, peace, and joy so that you can have an advocate in your corner. Many times home school moms feel isolated and alone or misunderstood. These shows help to bring you encouragement that you’ve Got This Mom! Archives available once-a-month.

The Homeschool Sanity Show with Dr. Melanie Wilson

Long-time homeschooler and podcast, Melanie, is an expert at encouragement, organization, and every hot topic that revolves around homeschool topics! She brings sanity back into your homeschool, and helps moms to understand Christian psychologist and veteran homeschooling mother of six, Dr. Melanie Wilson solves homeschoolers’ biggest headaches every Tuesday.

Life of a Lifeschooler with Danielle Papageorgiou

If you have lost your love of homeschooling, tune into Danielle’s show and learn how to bring it back! She shares with special guests how to allow the children to pursue the things they love their learning will soar! She shares the true meaning of lifeschooling and how you can bring joy back into your home!

Momfessions with Kathy Lee Eggers

Can I say, wow? Kathy is an amazing, loving mom who is full of energy and loves homeschool moms! She is always encouraging listeners and often has some of her listeners on her show. These shows are real, raw, and understand the heartbeat of the homeschool moms!

Virtual Assistant 411 with Gina Steffy & Jenn Hamrick

Learn the 411 on starting, growing, and running a virtual assistant business while homeschooling, homemaking, and living your IRL mom life.

Ultimate Homeschool Radio Show with multiple shows and hosts

This is a series of replays from the popular Ultimate Homeschool Expo with hundreds of listeners at one point only available for pay — now, totally free. This is a channel that will bring you a multitude of popular homeschool speakers, many keynotes, and wonderful information to help you on your homeschool journey!

So, what makes us number one? You do! As our faithful listeners, you’ve laughed with us, you’ve cried with us, celebrated and enjoyed our shows, and I want to thank you! I also want to thank our sponsors who have kept us on the air.

Please share the topics you’d like to hear as well! 

~ By Felice Gerwitz, lover of the Lord, wife, mother, grandmother, and owner and creator of Media Angels(R), Inc., the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network, the Ultimate Christian Podcast Network, author of seventeen books, creator of multiple online classes, and the first-ever Ultimate Christian Communicators Conference.

Homeschool Do-Overs | Getting Mom Wise + Giveaway

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homeschool do-overs

Would it be great to have homeschool do-overs? What’s a homeschool do-over? It’s when you get the opportunity to learn from others and make pivots in your homeschool. The benefit? Besides the wisdom, you can have a homeschool with no regrets. It’s time to get mom wise!

Homeschooling is a deeply rewarding experience for both parents and children. As homeschool moms, we pour our hearts into providing our kids with the best education possible, but it’s natural to reflect on our journey and think about the things we would do differently if we had the chance to start anew. These “homeschool do-overs” offer valuable insights that can transform our approach, making it more fun, relaxed, and filled with cherished memories.

Catch the 500th Episode here.

[Our Mom Wise Giveaway celebrating Felice’s 500th Podcast is at the bottom of this post, don’t miss it! ]

1. Embracing Flexibility and Adaptability

One of the most significant lessons learned through homeschooling is the importance of flexibility and adaptability. In our quest for academic excellence, we sometimes forget that life is an ever-changing canvas. Our do-over would emphasize embracing change, being adaptable to different learning styles, and acknowledging that not all days will go as planned.

2. Nurturing a Love for Learning

In hindsight, we would focus more on cultivating a genuine love for learning rather than solely chasing grades and academic milestones. We would encourage curiosity, explore diverse interests, and create an environment where learning is an exciting adventure. Whether it’s stargazing in the backyard or embarking on a nature walk to learn about local flora and fauna, these experiences leave lasting impressions.

3. Fostering Creativity and Artistic Expression

A homeschool do-over would definitely include integrating more art and creativity into our daily lessons. Encouraging our children to express themselves through painting, drawing, writing stories, or composing music can ignite their imagination and foster a sense of self-expression. Such activities become cherished memories for both the kids and us.

4. Prioritizing Outdoor Education

Homeschooling allows the freedom to take learning beyond the confines of four walls. We would incorporate regular outdoor education by taking frequent field trips to museums, parks, historical sites, and cultural events. These experiences enrich the learning process, make subjects come alive, and create an unforgettable bond with the world around us.

5. Incorporating Play into Learning

The do-over would also remind us to infuse playfulness into our homeschool routine. Play is a powerful tool for learning, especially for younger children. Whether it’s using educational board games, interactive learning apps, or imaginative play, incorporating play can turn mundane subjects into exciting adventures.

6. Balancing Structure and Freedom

Homeschooling offers the unique advantage of balancing structure and freedom. Our do-over would involve finding the perfect equilibrium that ensures a consistent learning schedule without stifling creativity or overwhelming the kids. Striking this balance would lead to a more relaxed and enjoyable homeschool experience.

7. Building Lifelong Relationships

In our homeschool do-over, we would prioritize building connections with other homeschool families and local communities. Social interactions are crucial for children’s emotional and social development. By organizing meet-ups, co-op classes, or volunteer activities, we create a network of support and shared experiences that contribute to cherished memories.

8. Navigating Challenges with Patience

Homeschooling is not without its challenges, and our do-over would remind us to approach them with patience and understanding. There will be tough days when frustration looms, but with patience and open communication, we can transform these challenges into valuable opportunities for growth and learning.

9. Documenting the Journey

As homeschool moms, we often get so caught up in the daily grind that we forget to document the beautiful moments. In our do-over, we would keep a journal, take pictures, or create scrapbooks to cherish and revisit these memories. Looking back on these keepsakes will be a testament to the wonderful journey we’ve undertaken together.

10. Keeping the Main Thing, the Main Thing

It’s easy as homeschoolers to take our faith for granted, isn’t it? We can fall into the thinking that Sunday is enough. After all, they go to worship. But, if we don’t model a deeper devotional life, spend time studying the Bible, and make our faith the MAIN thing, then neither would they. Learning to embrace who God made us to be, will help them embrace their own God-given identity.

Embracing Homeschool Do-Overs: Crafting a Fun, Relaxed, and Memorable Learning Journey

Homeschool do-overs offer us a chance to refine our approach to education, creating an environment that is fun, relaxed, and full of memories. By embracing flexibility, nurturing a love for learning, incorporating creativity and play, and balancing structure with freedom, we can craft a homeschooling experience that leaves a lasting impact on our children’s lives. Let us embark on this journey with open hearts and minds, knowing that we are not striving for perfection, but rather for a memorable and joyous learning adventure.


Giveaway to Celebrate Felice Gerwitz, Vintage Homeschool Mom’s 500th Podcast!

 

Jesus and Moms / 6 Ways to Show Love to Your Children

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Free podcast for moms encouraging them in their calling of motherhood

 

Jesus and Moms – 6 Ways to Show Love to Your Children

Subscribe via RSS & Subscribe to the Podcast via iTunes

 

Show notes: What I’d like to share tonight is a way to embrace the vocation and high calling of motherhood that keeps our eyes on Christ.


First, let’s look at how Jesus taught. This will help us in our daily, minute-by-minute instruction of our children no matter what age they may be. This is also called relationship.

If we look at the life of Christ we see that Jesus was loving. He repeated spiritual truths over and over so that people might understand. He walked among the people healing them, by asking them questions, and by imparting truth through ways they could understand (Mark 4:34 He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.)

Jesus was someone who attracted others. He had a way of pointing to the Father that satisfied the needs of people. He knew how to satisfy their greatest spiritual needs. Even when they just returned for more bread, he knew they had a greater need.

6 Ways to Show Love to Your Children

Here are ways he did just that, and how as Moms we can be encouraged that if we will follow the master Jesus will meet their needs and our own.

  1. Children need to feel safe, loved, and important.  Do you have a consistent temperament? Do you meet as well as you are able your children’s basic needs for clothing, shelter, and food? Is your discipline consistent or are your children unsure of what to expect? Can your child confide in your? We are especially admonished not to provoke our children to anger or discouragement (Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Colossians 3:21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.Jesus makes us feel safe, loved, and important in his very life (lived sinlessly), death (for our sins), and resurrection (for our justification) that we might have peace with God the Father, Romans chapter 4.
  2. Children must trust their parents Do you keep your word to your children? Do you keep your word to others so your children witness this? Do you do your best to make sure that trustworthy adults influence your children? Remember when we talked about how Jesus patiently repeated things to his followers (and for our benefit) so we’d understand? This built trust. We can trust him because He did exactly what he said he would do. Read Mark 8,9, and 10. He said he would suffer, die, and rise. He did.
  3. Children need to know their worth Do your children understand that their value as a human and made in the image of God? Do your children see how important they are to you by the time and real attention you give to them? Are you full of distraction? God’s Word tells us children are a heritage (Psalm 127) and fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139), and that the Father would hold nothing back in saving them should they stray, and in fact he didn’t hold back his only son. (Matthew 18 and the parable of the lost sheep)
  4. Children need to see their purpose and calling Do your children see that they’ve been created by God and live in the culture and time we live in “for such a time as this”. Do you? Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
  5. Children need chores Constant entertainment is soul-destroying to anyone, especially a child. There is value in work that sparks their creativity and curiosity and helps them see their place in God’s world. Again, Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
  6. Wisdom and role models- Children need your guidance and the guidance of trusted adults, especially as they become young adults themselves to help grow discernment. Who do you know that exhibits wisdom that would be a good influence? Do you exhibit wisdom to your children? Proverbs 13:20 tells us, “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”

Learn more about Susanna Wesley here.

 

Making Wise Choices with Free Homeschool Materials (and Giveaway)

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Free Homeschool Materials | Making Wise with Free Homeschool Curriculum

Free homeschool materials are so popular right now. I don’t see this trend going away. It’s too easy to google and find all kinds of free resources. But, let’s be wise when it comes to these freebies.

Making Wise Choices with Free Homeschool Materials

When you start your homeschool curriculum search, it doesn’t take long to realize you’ll be spending some money. However, most homeschool families are also single-income families. This can make it appealing to school your children completely on the freebies you find online. I want to challenge you to start with a strong homeschool mission statement or philosophy of education before you start down the freebie-only road. Make sure the free resources align with the overall goal you’ve sent for your homeschool.

Developing a Mission Statement for Your Homeschool

This doesn’t have to be complicated. Start with a simple list of the things that are important to you. Answering these questions can be a good start:

Simple Mission Statement

Answering these basic questions can help you create a simple mission statement that can guide your purchases or choices of free homeschooling curriculum. A simple mission statement might be something like this, “Our homeschooling model is based upon our Christian faith and desire to establish that Faith as the foundation upon which all curriculum choices are made. Academics are a top concern, as it’s important to our family that our children be able to reason and communicate not just their faith, but all things. We will work together as parents to ensure we stay committed to these basic ideals.”

Methods of Homeschooling

Once you’ve developed a basic mission statement, you can begin to look at the different methods of homeschooling. Knowing HOW you plan to education your kids is as important as WHY you’ll educate them at home.

Here are some helpful podcasts that can assist you in determine your method of homeschooling:

Understanding the Value of Free Curriculum

For most homeschooling moms, free curriculum is a supplement to their main curriculum. It might even be something we fall back on when times are tough. Looking at how curriculum is developed and the role of free curriculum can also help you make wise choices.

Give a listen to Is Free Curriculum Really Free? by Felice Gerwitz to get a better understanding of the pro’s and con’s of  free curriculum.

Felice Gerwitz has been a curriculum writer and developer for over 25 years and knows the painstaking hours that go into the development of curriculum. She’s spoken on the importance of using your homeschool mission and method to make your homeschool as successful as can possibly be.

She joins her voice to that of Carol Topp & Cindy West in their episode, 5 Warnings Against Frugal Homeschooling.

Her desire to provide quality, affordable homeschool materials gave birth to MediaAngelsMembership.com where you can homeschool your entire family starting at just $15 per month.

Make a Wise Decision

Knowing that for most of us, we’re homeschooling with eternity in mind. Choosing the very best in homeschooling materials and methods are something we take seriously. Free homeschool material has a place in the education of your children, but I challenge you today to think about how far you go with frugality. If you choose a free homeschool curriculum, look for one, such as Ambleside Online or Easy Peasy which offers a more cohesive approach.

You can make use of homeschool curriculum swaps, resale or homeschool consignment stores, eBay, or Amazon. Check out these resources:

PS. Here are some additional resources you can try to save money on other areas to better afford homeschool materials

To Help You on Your Homeschooling Journey

We’re all moms here (and dads!) and we know what it’s like for money to be tight. To kick of your back to homeschool, Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network is participating with our blogging friends to bring you the following giveaway! …  (be sure and see our privacy and giveaway policy).


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Another (home) school year is upon us!

Some of you may have already started your year, or some of you might school all year long, or some of you might be making those final curriculum decisions before your new year starts.  Whatever boat you are in, I’m sure you could use a little extra money for homeschool curriculum or resources.  Am I right?
I’ve gotten together with some fellow homeschool bloggers and we are pooling our money together to bless two homeschool families with a gift card to spend on their homeschools.  How does $250 sound in helping you buy curriculum, books, games, puzzles, or whatever educational supplies you might need?  Two people will win a $250 gift card to Timberdoodle!!

We know homeschooling can put financial strain on families – whether it’s from living on one-income or buying curriculum for multiple children – the financial aspect of it can be stressful.  Our hope is that we can bless a couple of homeschool families (although we wish we could bless many more) so they can buy the curriculum and supplies they need.

Enter to Win

To enter for your chance to win, simply use the Rafflecopter form below to enter.  Now I know that is quite a few entries for you, but each of these bloggers generously chipped in their own money to bring you this giveaway, so I hope you will take the time to do all of the entries.  And hey, the more entries you do, the better your odds are of winning!

Giveaway ends Aug. 15, 2018 at 11:59pm ET.  Must be at least 18 years of age.  Must be a resident of U.S. or Canada to enter.  Selected winners will have 48 hours to respond to email notification to claim their prizes or another winner will be drawn.  By entering this giveaway, you agree to be added to the email lists of the participating bloggers.  Please be sure to read the Terms & Conditions upon entering the giveaway.
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The Informer Podcast with Carol Barnier

A Production of the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Informer Podcast Barnier2On today’s show, join our host Tara Bentley as she talks with Carol Barnier. Barnier is the author of many home education books such as Engaging Today’s Prodigal, The Big WHAT NOW Book of Learning Styles, and she is the brains behind the popular website for families with special learners, SizzleBop.com. Carol is also a featured speaker for the 2015 IAHE Home Educators’ Convention.

This fun, fast paced podcast covers topics such as teaching your ADHD child, encouragement on starting your homeschool, Barnier’s personal testimony, and rabbit trail learning.

Do you need ideas and encouragement for starting your ownhomeschool? Do you want to find ways to make history and learning fun for you and your child? Are you a terrible house keeper? This is the show for you.

Be sure to stay tuned till the end of the podcast!

Carol is giving away two FREE copies of her book The Big What Now Book of Learning Styles: A Fresh and Demystifying Approach.