The Assault on Men & Masculinity

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #152, The Assault on Men & Masculinity, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast NetworkThe Assault on Men & Masculinity

In “The Assault on Men & Masculinity,” Episode, #152, Meredith Curtis reveals the challenges that Christian men face in this day and age. Enemy #1 in the secular world today is the Christian man. He is ridiculed, villainized, canceled. The world tries to change him into a feminized version that is impotent and ineffective. Meredith shares the ways biblical manhood has been attacked and calls Christians to embrace God’s design for men and to appreciate the men in our lives.

 

 


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Show Notes

Enemy #1 in the secular world today is the Christian man. He is ridiculed, villainized, canceled. The world tries to change him into a feminized version that is impotent and ineffective.

The World’s Assault on Manhood

  • Be more sensitive, express your feelings
  • Don’t be so aggressive.
  • Don’t be competitive.
  • Be quiet like the girls.
  • Men are missing from families—boys grow up without a dad.
  • Schools/churches are filled with women teachers—again no role model.
  • Society is filled with harmful things to tempt men away from being honorable and holy—porn, anger, divorce, adultery, sexual immorality, drugs, drunkedness, smoking, criminal activity.

Destroy men and you have destroyed our culture.

What is Going On?

  • God loves families. He designed them.
  • Satan hates families. He is out to destroy them.
  • Men lead families so they are the target.
  • God loves local churches. He designed them.
  • Satan hates local churches. He is out to destroy them.
  • Men lead local churches so they are the target.

What Does Godly Manhood Look Like?

  • Leadership.
  • Protective.
  • Noble, honorable.
  • Courageous.
  • Provider
  • Integrity, Honesty.
  • Hard worker.

Exhorting, challenging, urging others to live sold out for God.

What Can Men Do?

  • Dig into the Word.
  • Pray.
  • Get together with other men to grow in the Lord.
  • Overcome strongholds in Christ.
  • Ignore the world.
  • Invest in your sons.
  • Mentor fatherless boys.
  • Be the man God’s called you to be.

What Can Women Do?

  • Stop trying to make boys act like girls and men act like women.
  • Affirm men as leaders. Follow their leadership.
  • Respect and appreciate men.
  • Pray for them to rise up and live like Jesus.
  • Don’t expect your husband to be your girlfriend.

What Can Parents Do?

  • Let boys hunt, fish, and play sports.
  • Give them opportunities to lead and protect.
  • Intentially raise them to be godly men according to God’s Word.
  • Require them to respect you.
  • Be alert for pornography—protect your household.

 

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Making Real Men by Pastor Mike Curtis Real Men 101: Godly Manhood Real Men 102: Freedom, Courtship, Marriage, & Family Real Men 103: Leadership


 

A Special Thank You to Our Network Sponsor:  Courageous Movie

 

From the Kendrick Brothers, creators of the No. 1 box-office movie WAR ROOM and OVERCOMER, comes the remastered re-release of COURAGEOUS Legacy, in theaters September 24. Celebrating 10 years of impact on families and fathers, this updated version of the film includes new scenes and an enhanced look and sound.

Filled with action-packed drama, COURAGEOUS Legacy will once again have viewers laughing, crying, and cheering as they are challenged and inspired by everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children. Protecting the streets is second nature to these men. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That’s courageous.

Check out the trailer here!


Do We Really Need It?

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #151, Do We Really Need It?, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast NetworkDo We Really Need It?

In “Do We Really Need It?,” Episode, #151, Meredith Curtis reveals the challenges that Christians face as wise consumers trying spend money for the glory of God. “Just do it!” Nike shouts! Do what? you wonder, confused. Advertising slogans dazzle and repel us from billboards to glossy magazine pages, from sides of buses to television commercials to internet ad pop-ups. How do parents, teens, and children combat advertising that leads us in the wrong direction? How can we separate our desires and wants? And our good desires from evil desires? Meredith helps us sort through these murky waters with biblical principles and practical wisdom.

 


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Show Notes

The Power of Advertising

  • Culture heavily influenced by Advertising
  • Advertising dictates how we decorate & celebrate holidays
  • New product promotional ads

How Advertising Works

  • Advertising appeals to both good and evil desires
  • Products will often be linked to a universally desired thing (happy marriage, mate, fast car, admiration, athletic skill)
  • Target certain segments of society
  • Most companies targeting homeschooling families are not homeschoolers themselves
  • Many homeschooling companies targeting Christian homeschooling families are not Christians.
  • Advertising isn’t always honest

How Jesus Responded to Advertising

  • Satan advertised the Kingdom of Darkness to Jesus (see Matthew 4)
  • Satan advertised food while Jesus was fasting and challenged him to test God
  • Finally, Satan offered Jesus wealth and power.
  • Jesus resisted using the Word of God as a weapon of Truth.

Our New Way of Life

  • Imitate Jesus in responding to advertising. Respond to lies with truth. Respond to insinuations with reality.
  • Don’t fall into the trap of having advertising dictate what and when you purchase.
  • Seek God about your needs and desires.
  • Work/talk together as a family to apply truth to advertising and felt needs.

 

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Government: God's Blueprint/Man's Agenda by Meredith Curtis Economics, Finances, and Business Real Men 101: Godly Manhood God's Girls 101: Grow in Christ


 

A Special Thank You to Our Network Sponsor:  Courageous Movie

 

From the Kendrick Brothers, creators of the No. 1 box-office movie WAR ROOM and OVERCOMER, comes the remastered re-release of COURAGEOUS Legacy, in theaters September 24. Celebrating 10 years of impact on families and fathers, this updated version of the film includes new scenes and an enhanced look and sound.

Filled with action-packed drama, COURAGEOUS Legacy will once again have viewers laughing, crying, and cheering as they are challenged and inspired by everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children. Protecting the streets is second nature to these men. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That’s courageous.

Check out the trailer here!


Celebrate Jesus on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #150, Celebrate Jesus on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Celebrate Jesus on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

In “Celebrate Jesus on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day,” Episode, #150, Meredith Curtis challenges you to make Jesus preeminent on what can be the busiest day of the year. With honesty and embarrassment, she shares lessons she has learned about exhausting herself creating the perfect day instead of celebrating a birthday. Glean some simple lessons about focus and intentional living to make your Christmas all about Jesus.

 


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Show Notes

The pressure

The abundance of gifts, parties, fun things you don’t want to miss

To-do List

I tried to plan ahead, but…

Christmas is Here

There are things you can’t change

It’s not about a perfect day

It’s about a perfect Gift to Mankind

Ingredients of Christ-Centered Days

Surrender

Trust

Scripture

Music

Worship/Prayer

Christmas is a Birthday

Sing Happy Birthday

Blow up balloons and hang them from the ceiling

Focus on giving more than receiving

Work together

Give Thanks

Our Christmas Morning Devotions & Singing

Family Time

Peaceful, joyful topics of conversation

Play Games

Make something together (food, craft)

Watch an Inspirational Movie

Our Christmas Eve Traveling Dinner

Pray for each other and the lost world He came to save

Attend a church service

Personal Time

Walks

Read the Bible Devotionally

Alone with the Christmas Lights

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Be proactive this holiday season! 😊

Celebrate Thanksgiving by Meredith Curtis Christmas Thoughts and Prayers Journal by Meredith Curtis Celebrate Christmas with a traveling dinner by Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette Jesus Fill My Heart and Home by Meredith Curtis

Christmas Unit Studies

Celebrate Christmas in Germany Unit Study by Meredith Curtis Celebrate Christmas with Cookies Unit Study by Meredith Curtis Celebrate Christmas in Colonial America by Meredith Curtis

More Podcasts You Might Find Helpful

FW Radio - Podcast #55 - Start Strong and Finish Well With Christmas Traditions FinishWell Radio, Podcast #077, Learning from the Pilgrims & Puritans Finish Well Homeschooling Podcast, Podcast #103, Happy Birthday Creator-King, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #124, Create Treasured Memories with a Christmas Unit Study, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network


 

A Special Thank You to Our Network Sponsor:  Courageous Movie

 

From the Kendrick Brothers, creators of the No. 1 box-office movie WAR ROOM and OVERCOMER, comes the remastered re-release of COURAGEOUS Legacy, in theaters September 24. Celebrating 10 years of impact on families and fathers, this updated version of the film includes new scenes and an enhanced look and sound.

Filled with action-packed drama, COURAGEOUS Legacy will once again have viewers laughing, crying, and cheering as they are challenged and inspired by everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children. Protecting the streets is second nature to these men. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That’s courageous.

Check out the trailer here!


When All Hope is Gone: The Story of Elizabeth & Zechariah

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #149, When All Hope is Gone: The Story of Elizabeth & Zechariah, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

When All Hope is Gone: The Story of Elizabeth & Zechariah

In “When All Hope is Gone: The Story of Elizabeth & Zechariah,” Episode, #149, Meredith Curtis takes you on a journey back in time to a godly priest and his wife who have faced a lifetime of disappointment. She explains how their story fits in with the Christmas story and why Luke includes it in his Gospel. Their strategic role in the Kingdom of God changed history—all because they served the Lord faithfully even with broken dreams. Be inspired this Christmas season and see John the Baptist’s parents in a whole new light.

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Do you have dreams that have crashed and burned? Or maybe just put on the shelf?

Elizabeth and Zechariah did.

The Faithful Priest & Godly Wife

Zechariah’s role in the nation of Israel

Elizabeth’s disappointment

Their relationship to Mary

The Encounter

God Remembers

God speaks to Zechariah

He is afraid to believe

The sign

The hiding—is this really true?

Mary Comes to Visit

Why does she come?

Who recognizes Jesus first?

How this miraculous birth helped Mary

How Elizabeth poured into Mary

John is Born

Name him John

Testimony of obedience

The reality of old parents

No mention of Mrs. John-the-Bapist & other not-ordinary things

When All Hope is Gone

God never forgets you

God’s plan is bigger

God’s plan is better

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Be proactive this holiday season! 😊

Celebrate Thanksgiving by Meredith Curtis Christmas Thoughts and Prayers Journal by Meredith Curtis Celebrate Christmas with a traveling dinner by Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette Jesus Fill My Heart and Home by Meredith Curtis

Christmas Unit Studies

Celebrate Christmas in Germany Unit Study by Meredith Curtis Celebrate Christmas with Cookies Unit Study by Meredith Curtis Celebrate Christmas in Colonial America by Meredith Curtis

More Podcasts You Might Find Helpful

FW Radio - Podcast #55 - Start Strong and Finish Well With Christmas Traditions FinishWell Radio, Podcast #077, Learning from the Pilgrims & Puritans Finish Well Homeschooling Podcast, Podcast #103, Happy Birthday Creator-King, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #124, Create Treasured Memories with a Christmas Unit Study, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network


 

A Special Thank You to Our Network Sponsor:  Courageous Movie

 

From the Kendrick Brothers, creators of the No. 1 box-office movie WAR ROOM and OVERCOMER, comes the remastered re-release of COURAGEOUS Legacy, in theaters September 24. Celebrating 10 years of impact on families and fathers, this updated version of the film includes new scenes and an enhanced look and sound.

Filled with action-packed drama, COURAGEOUS Legacy will once again have viewers laughing, crying, and cheering as they are challenged and inspired by everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children. Protecting the streets is second nature to these men. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That’s courageous.

Check out the trailer here!


Proactive Parenting During the Holidays

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #148, Proactive Parenting During the Holidays, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Proactive Parenting During the Holidays

In “Proactive Parenting During the Holidays,” Episode, #148, Meredith Curtis addresses parenting challenges over the holidays and how to overcome them with confidence. She also explains the opportunities holiday celebrations provide to parent proactively: instilling values and creating a sense of family identity. Take ground this holiday season to impart wisdom and joy into your precious sons and daughters. You won’t regret it.

 

 

 


 

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Show Notes

But Cousin Fred says that word?

I don’t like when Aunt Freda squeezes my cheeks?

Why do I have to give up my bed to grandma and grandpa?

Can I have a third piece of pie?

Holiday Challenges for Parents

Time with family members who have different values

Sugar Rush

Busy Schedule

Financial Concerns

A lot of chaos and activity—can disengage

How are you training your children—the holidays will reveal it!

Extended Family

Older folks

The American culture in the 21st Century

Replacing disrespect with honor and communicating value

Greeting, Rising, Giving up Seat, Giving folks with walkers plenty of room, being quieter

Family stories

Create a memory for your children of folks that won’t be there in their adult years—photos, special tablecloth, traditional foods

Using the Holidays to Instill Values & Virtue

Value elderly—virtue

Value extended family—virtue loyalty

Value giving—virtue generosity

Value serving—virtue servant-heart

Value what others have to say—value humility

Using the Holidays to Instill a Sense of Family Identity

Traditions

  • Thanksgiving: Kernels of Corn, Traditional Dishes, Games/Sports
  • Advent devotions, Christmas Unit Study, Decorating Tree Night, Christmas caroling, serving, church plays, making Christmas presents, birthday party for Jesus
  • Traveling Dinner, Christmas devotions, sing “Happy Birthday”, family dinner

Strategic Scheduling

  • Rest alternate with busy
  • Choose from many options
  • Bake/cook ahead and freeze
  • Get shopping/wrapping done early
  • Christmas school

 

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Be proactive this holiday season! 😊

Celebrate Thanksgiving by Meredith Curtis Christmas Thoughts and Prayers Journal by Meredith Curtis Celebrate Christmas with a traveling dinner by Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette Jesus Fill My Heart and Home by Meredith Curtis

Christmas Unit Studies

Celebrate Christmas in Germany Unit Study by Meredith Curtis Celebrate Christmas with Cookies Unit Study by Meredith Curtis Celebrate Christmas in Colonial America by Meredith Curtis

More Podcasts You Might Find Helpful

FW Radio - Podcast #55 - Start Strong and Finish Well With Christmas Traditions FinishWell Radio, Podcast #077, Learning from the Pilgrims & Puritans Finish Well Homeschooling Podcast, Podcast #103, Happy Birthday Creator-King, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #124, Create Treasured Memories with a Christmas Unit Study, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network


 

A Special Thank You to Our Network Sponsor:  Courageous Movie

 

From the Kendrick Brothers, creators of the No. 1 box-office movie WAR ROOM and OVERCOMER, comes the remastered re-release of COURAGEOUS Legacy, in theaters September 24. Celebrating 10 years of impact on families and fathers, this updated version of the film includes new scenes and an enhanced look and sound.

Filled with action-packed drama, COURAGEOUS Legacy will once again have viewers laughing, crying, and cheering as they are challenged and inspired by everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children. Protecting the streets is second nature to these men. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That’s courageous.

Check out the trailer here!


Homeschool Socialization

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #144, Homeschool Socialization, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast NetworkHomeschool Socialization

In “Homeschool Socialization,” Episode, #144, Meredith Curtis shares how homeschooling in her home has included other families. From involvement in homeschool support groups, lessons, sports, and co-ops to History Days and ministry, there have always been other homeschooling families involved in our lives. Meredith gives practical tips and fun ways to spend time with other families and learn at the same time.

 

 

 


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Show Notes

People often ask me the famous question: “What about socialization?”

I always laugh! My family has way too much socialization! Just kidding.

Younger Years

Homeschooling at home building memories

Co-ops/support groups we were part of

Ballet, tennis, soccer, basketball

Church

Mixing with all ages

Making friends with peers

Opportunities to learn

Opportunities to serve

Middle School Help with Science

When the children hit middle/high school, we join “Friday classes” for the older kids.

We went as a family. I helped teach classes and later taught on my own

Kids took watercolor, fitness, choir, drama, and sciences

History Days

Friday classes was so big, I wanted something more intimate.

“History Days” was born.

Reading aloud, Listening to Diana Waring audios

Crafts, Sewing, Art Appreciation, Drama, Creating Radio Shows, Models

Timelines, Maps, Cooking & Baking

What we studied over the years: American History, British History, Geography, World History

NO homework—we did history together for the day!

A Co-op Is Born

We added friends

  • The homeschool friend whose mom started working and wanted some time with other people
  • The homeschool friend whose mom couldn’t teach physics
  • The mom who was struggling

Adding more families

  • What didn’t work anymore: Listening to Audios, laid back schedule
  • What continued: reading aloud, hands-on fun, timelines, maps
  • Memories

Which was better?

Not really sure; both were perfect for us in the season we were in.

So Many Options

  • Umbrella Schools records only
  • Umbrella Schools 2-3 days per week (great when both parents work)
  • Online schools
  • Online classes
  • Support groups
  • Co-ops
  • Enrichment Classes
  • Core Classes

Lessons Learned

If you are not careful, other people can be the primary influence in your children. Not everyone agrees with my definition of “wholesome” or “Christian”

Don’t Forget: You can’t HOMEschool is you are never home.

We want to give our children “the best of the best” but what they need most is peaceful days with us.

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How-to-Homeschool Books if you want to learn more about homeschooling or plan to homeschool 😊

Joyful and Successful Homeschooling by Meredith Curtis Unlocking the Mystery of Homeschooling High School by Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette Quick & EZ Unit Study Fun by Meredith Curtis Seven R's of Homeschooling by Meredith Curtis

The following books give detailed instructions so you can have your own History Parties.

Let's Have Our Own Archaeological Dig by Meredith Curtis Let's Have Our Own Luau by Meredith Curtis Let's Have Our Own Medieval Banquet by Meredith Curtis Let's Have Our Own Olympic Games

These are just a few of our many resources that work well for all ages together!

Newspaper Reporting by Meredith Curtis Travel God's World Geography by Meredith Curtis Travel God's World Cookbook by Meredith Curtis HIS Story of the 20th Century by Meredith Curtis

More Podcasts You Might Find Helpful

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #013, Are We There Yet? Teens and Family Vacations with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #036, Freedom from Mean Girls with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network Learning with Little Ones Around, Podcast #051, with Meredith Curtis Finish Well Radio, Podcast #069, The Kitchen Explosion


 

A Special Thank You to Our Network Sponsor:  Courageous Movie

 

From the Kendrick Brothers, creators of the No. 1 box-office movie WAR ROOM and OVERCOMER, comes the remastered re-release of COURAGEOUS Legacy, in theaters September 24. Celebrating 10 years of impact on families and fathers, this updated version of the film includes new scenes and an enhanced look and sound.

Filled with action-packed drama, COURAGEOUS Legacy will once again have viewers laughing, crying, and cheering as they are challenged and inspired by everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children. Protecting the streets is second nature to these men. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That’s courageous.

Check out the trailer here!


Travel to Learn Geography

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #143, Travel to Learn Geography, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast NetworkTravel to Learn Geography

In “Travel to Learn Geography,” Episode, #143, Meredith Curtis shares how traveling to other states and countries have taught her so much about their culture, natural resources, farming, businesses,  landforms, and religion. Meredith shares how to start with travel locally, statewide, and beyond your borders. Best of all, Meredith gives practical tips and fun ways to travel right from your family room.

 

 

 


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Show Notes

I love to travel! Trains, cars, planes, boats—even buses. The thrill of adventure gets me every time.

Netherlands: bikes, tall, cheese, read the street signs in Dutch, but not understand a word of English, canals, canal houses, Corrie ten Boom house

Rome: Jail cell of Paul, 3-layers of churches, the art in the Vatican, the magnificence of the Colosseum, that’s where Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

London: Tube, cathedrals, museums, Rosetta Stone, mummies, Gutenberg Bibles, rose gardens, tea at the Orangery

Start Where You Are/Travel Locally

I live in Florida. Smack dab in the center.

Farms (pick-your-own places—chat with owners)

Museums

Sunday Drives (Lake Mary, Pembroke Pines, 46 to I-95)

Explores

What is in your city?

Travel Statewide

Beaches, Tide Pools, Sand Dunes, Grasses, Life everywhere!

Birds, Alligators, Flowers, Blue Skies

Coral Reefs down in the Keys

Rolling hills in the panhandle

Lake Okeechobee, St. John’s River—Boating, too!

Parks, Forests, Wilderness Areas, Wet Walks, Swamps, Airboats

Cities, Heritage Neighborhoods, Local Museums

St. Augustine, Theme Parks, NASA

What is in Your State?

Across the USA

So much to see!

  • Swamps, Beachs, Farms, Lakes, Rolling hills in the South
  • Chesapeake Bay, Farms, Hills, Famous Cities in the Mid-Atlantic
  • Mountains, History, Famous Cities, Farms, Villages in New England
  • Plains, Great Lakes, Farm Belt, Rust Belt in Midwest
  • Cattle Ranching, Oil Rigs, Rugged Terrain in Southwest
  • Mountains, Arches, Ranches in West
  • Diverse from Arctic to Tropical in the Pacific

Travel to Other Countries

Start with our Territories: US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, American Samoa

  • Caribbean
  • South America
  • Europe
  • Africa
  • Middle East
  • Asia
  • Australia/New Zealand
  • Oceania (Polynesia in old books)
  • Antartica

Travel from Your Family Room

Books

Movies

Travel Videos

Travel Journal

Travel God’s World Geography

Travel God’s World Cookbook

Restaurants

Maps

Mapping

Photos

Travel With “Travel God’s World Series”

Travel God's World Cookbook by Meredith Curtis Travel God's World Geography by Meredith Curtis Travel to London Unit Study by Meredith Curtis Travel the World Country Report Lapbook by Meredith Curtis

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More Travel With “Travel God’s World Series”

Let's Have Our Own Luau by Meredith Curtis Let's Visit Denmark by Meredith Curtis Celebrate Christmas in Germany Unit Study by Meredith Curtis
Travel to Mexico Lacing Cards by Meredith Curtis Florida Animals Notebooking Pages by Meredith Curtis Alaska Animals Notebooking Pages by Meredith Curtis Jerusalem Bingo by Meredith Curtis

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Finish Well Radio, Podcast #62, How to Enjoy History Finish Well Radio Show, Podcast #020, Surprise! Economics is Fun! with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #118, Add Humanities to Your Home School, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #140, Learn Geography in the Kitchen!, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

 


A Special Thank You to Our Network Sponsor:  Show Me The Father Movie

The Kendrick Brothers, creators of WAR ROOM and FIREPROOF, have some exciting news to share: they have TWO films coming to theaters this fall—SHOW ME THE FATHER on September 10 and COURAGEOUS Legacy on September 24.

Featuring a variety of amazing, true stories, the Kendrick Brothers’ new feature film SHOW ME THE FATHER takes audiences on an inspiring and emotional cinematic journey. Their first documentary film has something for everyone and invites you to think differently about how you view your earthly father story and also how you personally relate to God.

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Help! I’ve Got Issues

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #142, Help! I’ve Got Issues, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast NetworkHelp! I’ve Got Issues

In “Help! I’ve Got Issues,” Episode, #142, Meredith Curtis talks to moms like herself that are far from perfect.

Often, we carry a picture in our head of the ideal homeschooler who has a perfect family, perfect children, and a perfect homeschool life. But how do you homeschool when family, financial, health, or other issues arise?

Meredith will give practical suggestions to homeschool when you feel overwhelmed by life and aware of your own inadequacies. Success is not perfection. Come away refreshed and encouraged!

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Moving. Financial crises. Death. Sickness. Chronic illness. Personal flaws. Can you still homeschool.

Renew Your Mind

First renew your mind.

There are NO perfect families!

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may [d]prove what the will of God is, that which is good and [e]acceptable and perfect (Romans 12:1-3 NASB).

Renew Your Mind

Worldly thinking: professionals need to educate my children

Lies: “I’m not smart enough”

Lies: “This is too hard”

What Does God Say?

And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me (II Corinthians 12:9 NASB).

God loves to show off in your life in the middle of weakness.

Position yourself for grace.

Read God’s Word. Thank Him. Be faithful. Be obedient. Watch God move.

Help! I’ve Got Issues – Financial Crisis

Pray & Fast for Finances.

Look for ways to save money: barter, used curriculum, borrow

Help! I’ve Got Issues – Health Issues

Focus on the Majors

Read aloud

Math every day

Learn together about injuries/sickness/chronic illness

Help! I’ve Got Issues – Learning Weakness

Disciple

Pray for a love of learning

Read literature

Learn with your child

Help! I’ve Got Issues – Character Flaws

Acknowledge and ask God to help you

Ask for forgiveness if you sin

RECEIVE forgiveness

Don’t focus on flaws; focus on JESUS!

Story of Tricia.

Help! I’ve Got Issues – Relationships

Love your husband and children. Receive their love. Homeschooling is a lifestyle of learning but part of that learning is communication, serving, and loving one another.

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How-to-Homeschool Books if you want to learn more about homeschooling or plan to homeschool 😊

Joyful and Successful Homeschooling by Meredith Curtis Unlocking the Mystery of Homeschooling High School by Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette Quick & EZ Unit Study Fun by Meredith Curtis Seven R's of Homeschooling by Meredith Curtis

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Newspaper Reporting by Meredith Curtis Travel God's World Geography by Meredith Curtis Travel God's World Cookbook by Meredith Curtis HIS Story of the 20th Century by Meredith Curtis

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Flexible Scheduling Can Work for You!

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #141, Flexible Scheduling Can Work for You!, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast NetworkFlexible Scheduling Can Work for You!

In “Flexible Scheduling Can Work for You!,” Episode, #141, Meredith Curtis can help you if you feel overwhelmed by trying to get it all done. Is there a way to schedule that is flexible enough to deal with the interruptions every day brings? Can a free spirit live a scheduled life? Yes! If it’s flexible. Flexible scheduling brings order to the chaos while still leaving room to be spontaneous and fun!

 

 

 


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Show Notes

I sat down with another homeschool mom who confessed her kids hadn’t gotten any schoolwork done the whole year (it was November), the house was a constant mess, and she had all these homeschool dreams, but she was giving up.

She needed help!

We can be led by the moment or derailed by the interruptions of our day. It is hard to direct children who want to do their own thing when you are up all night with a sick baby.

Yet, you look at rigid moms who run a tight ship and you think, “That’s not me.”

Or you were on a rigid schedule at one time in your life and now it is IMPOSSIBLE to stay on a schedule. What can  you do?

I have help for everyone! A schedule is your servant, not your master, but it is a great servant.

Change the Template

Instead of thinking in hours (from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.), I have learned to think in blocks of time (between breakfast and lunch). It makes more sense as a mom.

Our days have these blocks of time:

  • Before Breakfast
  • Breakfast (short for some and long for others)
  • Between Breakfast and Lunch
  • Lunch
  • Between Lunch and Dinner
  • Dinner
  • After Dinner
  • Bedtime Ritual.

These things happened in your house every day. Your bedtime ritual might be a nightmareish showdown, but you have one. Breakfast may be on the run dashing to homeschool co-op, but your kids eat it.

Reality Check!

When we don’t have a plan, things fall into chaos.

When we don’t give direction to our children for the day, they slide into neutral, the easiest thing for their brains—TV, videos, internet, napping, eating.

If I am led by my “heart” I will eat candy and watch old TV shows or talk on the phone all day. Poof! The day is gone.

Psalm 90 verse 12 addresses this:

So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.

What Really Matters

I like to step back and thing about what really matters to me.

  • What do I want to run my days and weeks to look like?
  • What do I want to accomplish each week (chores, school work, free time, reading time)?
  • I want Jesus to be Lord of my homeschool. But what does that look like?

Ask yourself questions like these so you can determine what you want the days/weeks to look like. Be practical and realistic, not idealistic here.

Then examine yourself, your husband, and your children. What factors will play into this plan?

When my children were little, I discovered that we all worked best in the morning.

In addition, my parents raised me to work first, play second.

Now everyone will come up with their own values and priorities. What’s important is that you know what truly matters to you because if  you don’t take that into account, it will derail your plans.

Planning Blocks of Time

  • Think about when your family members get up and when you eat breakfast on average. How much time is there?
  • Think about eating breakfast. Is there time to read the Bible during breakfast and pray together afterward? Will that work or not?
  • Think about mornings. About how much time do you normally have between breakfast and lunch? Remember the real not ideal.
  • Lunch time. Does everyone talk? Is everyone on their phone? Can the phones be turned in and read poetry together or listen to audios during lunch? Or does everyone need that time to just eat and visit?
  • How long is there normally between lunch and dinner? When thinking about time, exclude time you need to prepare dinner?
  • After dinner. We are unable to commit to any schoolwork or chores after dinner, but some families are just revving up. What is your family like after dinner?

Now plug in subjects, chores, reading time, play time, screen time, and free time into the schedule.

Example from out house:

  • For us, we’ve always done math first thing five days a week. It’s like a good brain stretch.
  • My children do their “5 things” (brush teeth/hair; get dressed; make bed; straighten room; personal Quiet Time) before breakfast.
  • We like to read quietly after lunch while babies nap.
  • We do history and science all together, but everyone does spelling and grammar on their own.

Here is a sample weekly (M-F) schedule using Flexible Scheduling.

Monday Schedule Tuesday Schedule Wednesday Schedule Thursday Schedule Friday Schedule

Reality Check!

One thing I had to constantly remind myself was that to HOMEschool, I had to be at home quite a bit. I often overscheduled.

Moving Blocks of Time

That’s why I always schedule free time in. Then when things come up, I can move my schedule around.

Reality Check!

When the kids were older, there was a family schedule and then each teen had a schedule. I helped them make it, but really they made it. We would make a schedule at the beginning of the year and then tweak it after 3-4 weeks.

Tweaking Schedules

I cannot tell you how many schedules I have made that were unrealistic. No, I just can’t seem to get up at 5 a.m. for the spin class at the Y. No, I can’t get math work check in 20 minutes per day. No, I can’t fit ballet lessons, piano lessons, and tennis lessons. One or things will have to go.

Posting Schedules

I would always give each child a copy of the family schedule and their own personal one. Next, I hung all the schedules on the homeschool cabinet door. It made it easy to remember what they were working on. High school schedules were super complicated as they added co-op classes, sports, and ministry at church.

You can see some of our schedules below.

 

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How-to-Homeschool Books if you want to learn more about homeschooling or plan to homeschool 😊

Joyful and Successful Homeschooling by Meredith Curtis Unlocking the Mystery of Homeschooling High School by Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette Quick & EZ Unit Study Fun by Meredith Curtis Seven R's of Homeschooling by Meredith Curtis

The following books give detailed instructions so you can have your own History Parties.

Let's Have Our Own Archaeological Dig by Meredith Curtis Let's Have Our Own Luau by Meredith Curtis Let's Have Our Own Medieval Banquet by Meredith Curtis Let's Have Our Own Olympic Games

These are just a few of our many resources that work well for all ages together!

Newspaper Reporting by Meredith Curtis Travel God's World Geography by Meredith Curtis Travel God's World Cookbook by Meredith Curtis HIS Story of the 20th Century by Meredith Curtis

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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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Travel God's World Cookbook by Meredith Curtis Travel God's World Geography by Meredith Curtis Travel to London Unit Study by Meredith Curtis Travel the World Country Report Lapbook by Meredith Curtis
American History Cookbook HIS Story of the 20th Century Cookbook by Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette Ancient History Cookbook Let's Have Our Own Victorian Tea by Meredith Curtis
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