Welcome to my homeschool blog, which offers insights into loving learning, loving your family, loving history, loving homeschooling, and enjoying your life! With your cup of coffee in hand, take a break to laugh with me, to have your heart refreshed, to be reminded of how cool your kids really are, and to consider the amazing adventure of being a homeschool mom. AND, if you are interested in the History Revealed curriculum, be sure to check out my Teaching Tips!

Can a curriculum do this?

Can a curriculum encourage relationships and engage students? IF it is designed to bring the family together and IF it works with different kinds of learners, then the answer is YES!! Let me explain. . .

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Fostering Creativity and Imagination

Fostering creativity and imagination

A few weeks ago, I saw a man with his two young grandkids walking next to a flowing creek in the woods. The children held their nets in great anticipation as they eagerly scrambled over logs looking for tadpoles. It was such a perfect picture of the delight and joy of childhood, and I drank in the sight. . .until the grandfather barked, “There’s nothing there. Let’s go.”

It’s so common in our hurry-hurry grown-up world to blast right past our children’s curiosity and play, isn’t it? In our greater knowledge of the world, we inform them, “That will never work,” “No such thing exists,” “That’s a waste of time.”

And, in that moment, our kids lose a bit of their curiosity and wide-eyed wonder at the world.

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How do we see God's fingerprints in history?

Teaching our kids about the faithfulness of God is a vital and ongoing process. AND it is something that needs to be real in our own lives if we want them to get it ... A life-changing moment in my own life came many years ago, while teaching my kids history. I realized that I kept seeing God's faithfulness to people living through very challenging historic situations. I thought, "If God was faithful back then, surely He is faithful today." And you know what, He really is!

That's why it's so powerful to help our kids see God's fingerprints in history!

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Number Smart — Math/Logical Intelligence

Do you thrill to the elegant precision of mathematical formulas? Do you love to do calculations in your head? Do you enjoy reconciling your bank account? If so, you are strong in the Math-Logical intelligence—you are Number Smart!

Schools tend to recognize and reward just two ways of being smart—Word Smart and Number Smart. If you’re good at numbers, you probably excelled at math and science. And, quite possibly for you, logic is a delight!  The important STEM subjects—Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics—are right up your alley. Here is a brief excerpt from my book, Reaping the Harvest:

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What is YOUR Teaching Style?

When you understand your natural teaching style, it provides a greater awareness of your incredible strengths as a teacher—and potential weaknesses. It can help you better understand what's going on when there is a collision between you and one of your kids during homeschooling ... And it gives you permission to be flexible for the sake of your kids, which could make all the difference in the world!

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