Over 40 Homeschooling Posts to Encourage and Inspire

  School starts back this month for a lot of us, even those of us who homeschool!  I remember back when I was contemplating the idea to homeschool or leave my son in public school. It was NOT an easy decision to make because I did not look on homeschooling favorably. It took me pretty much the whole second half of my oldest’s kindergarten year plus maybe a good bit of the summer of researching and praying before I could say “I’m ALL in!”.     This month we will be beginning our SIXTH year of homeschooling! If you’re just starting out or just thinking about it you most likely have MANY questions. If you are looking for videos and pictures to see WHAT homeschooling looks like for some families, this post is for you!   I hope you find the following posts helpful – even if you figure out a few things you do NOT want to try for yourself.    For those wondering about the history behind homeschooling and why parents choose to do it I will include some links to address those. All posts linked below are in some way or form on my site. What I mean is, I use to be a homeschooling contributing writer for the Prime Parents Club so a few of my posts are written entirely over there while just addressed over here.   Introduction to Homeschooling Here’s a bit of history on the American Homeschooling Movement. Reasons why parents choose to homeschool their children.  <— Will also lead you to a couple lists of famous homeschoolers.   Keeping it Simple...

Ohio Mom strives for title: Ms. Veteran America

  I met the young mom I’m about to introduce to you quite a few years ago because our children were friends in preschool. Raquel and I stay in touch via Facebook these days; when I learned about the cause she was representing as part of her journey to compete for the title of Ms. Veteran America I knew I wanted to support her, so I interviewed her for my blog.   I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read about her quest to earn this title and consider the cause she brings the spotlight to, a cause I’ll admit, I’ve not heard much about it in the media myself.   I also want to point out that as far as I am aware (and I could be wrong) she is the only Ohio Female entered in this contest. I’d love to see a great outpouring of support from our fellow Ohioans for her!   Without further ado… meet Raquel Zornes!   What made you want to compete for the Ms. Veteran America title? I decided to compete in the Ms Veteran America 2015 Competition when I came across the information last fall. I knew after researching the organization that this is exactly what I wanted to achieve, helping others like me. The title means more to me than just a crown and sash. Ms Veteran America is the representation of women veterans and what they have achieved. I would be absolutely honored and proud to carry that title.   Tell me about the cause you are representing and why you chose it? Final Salute Inc was founded...

Our Mom-Son Pottery date (finally!)

    So, one year later… (remember my “word for 2014” is faithful?)   Yes, finally I made it a point to take my 9 year old to paint pottery! Besides my procrastination, my son really wanted to shape his own pottery using a wheel. But, since I didn’t know where to take him to make that happen he settled for painting pottery.   And – we had a good time at Glazed & Amused in North Canton. There was almost no one in the studio at this time (Wednesday night), but a previous Friday night that I stopped in there, to check the place out, it was almost packed!  This was my son’s and my first visit there. It’s also the only pottery-painting place I know of in the area. The only other one I can think of is out in Alliance and that’s farther than I want to drive.     So,  this mom-son date-night-thing is a new tradition I’m trying to start. Actually, since we just have two kids I want my husband to have some one-on-one time with one child and I have the same with the other. Since our family is small it’s just easier to do so much of life together. I want there to be a special time each month where each boy gets to have the undivided attention of one parent.   Starting this new tradition will ensure that our boys have the opportunity to ask private questions with out a brother listening in, know what I mean?   For our first mom-son date night there were no serious “mom, I...

We sent out a new church to Dover Ohio #MentorMondays

  Today was an exciting and bittersweet day for us at First Baptist Church of Jackson (Stark County) as we “sent out” a new church plant to Dover, Ohio.   Pastor Doug Kilchenman was officially ordained as Pastor and our church members from the Tuscarawas County area who want to transfer to the new Bible Baptist Church of Dover came forward to be “sent out” as a group. I think about 60 people will be leaving our church in this transition   .   They’ve been meeting in one of our Sunday school rooms for the past several weeks as their own church. Beginning the first Sunday in September though, they will be meeting in their new location:         In the former Monroe Mall, 1260 Monroe Ave., Dover, Ohio (near the Dover YMCA).   Bible Baptist Church of Dover is actually the second church we have planted (Bible Baptist on Facebook).   The first couple we sent out to start a church was Michael and Pamela Williams who have started the Selah Mountain Baptist Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico (Selah on Facebook).       Because we live in a day that sees churches extending their reach into other areas via connected campuses,  I feel like I need to clarify that when we (FBCJ) start a new church – that church is independent of us. They have their own pastors, schedules, plans – we don’t manage them, they are a separate entity.   We send them out to start churches where there is a need for the gospel (not the prosperity false gospel that is so...

Answered Prayers, Joyful in Death #MentorMondays

        Dave Hunt, founder of  The Berean Call, passed away a few months ago. I have been a bit familiar with some of Dave Hunt’s works for a long time and respect him for his faith and faithful teaching of God’s Word.   The following came in their latest email update today, Sunday, August 11th.   August 11, 2013 Dear Tracy ,   I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all of you for your dear cards and letters and prayers. They have meant so very much to me. I hope that you will understand that I am no longer able to respond individually, but please know that every note has been read and is cherished. I am truly blessed to have so many dear friends.   I must now share with you that my doctors have declared me terminally ill and have given me approximately four months to live. I am not in any pain and am being well cared for by family, friends, and caregivers.   I truly look forward to this glorious transition and the fact that I will soon be with my beloved Savior and with Dave and others who have gone on before me. The Lord was so kind to me in answering my prayer, which was that He would allow me to stay well enough to care for my dear David until he went home to be with Him. I was blessed to be there, holding his hand, as he drew his last breath, and I knew that he was with Jesus! How kind of God to have given...

Free & Rewarding Summer Fun: Movies, Bowling, Reading Challenges & more

      Last year we had our boys participate in the Pizza Hut Book-IT program. Kids in K-6th grade receive coupons for free Personal Pan Pizzas as a reading incentive reward. This program can also help homeschooling moms like me get motivated to come up with a specific reading challenge for each child. I just signed the boys up for next year. Go here to sign up too.   *Also, some Pizza Huts offer “kid’s eat free & make their own personal pan pizzas” certain nights. You can do this during the summer before your Book-ITS arrive .   Free summer bowling for kids through the AMF Summer Unplugged program! Kids can bowl up to two games per day, everyday free (shoe rental not included).  ALSO,  parents, you can purchase an AMF Summer Pass for just $34.95 and includes two games per day for you and up to three guests ages 16 and up.  Go here to sign up.   Find a listing of places offering FREE Summer Movie viewing here.     Summer 2013  Reward Challenges: Chuck E. Cheese – kids earn 10 Free Tokens for things like reading, doing chores, eating good etc..  You print off the calendar that applies to your child’s goals and bring it in to redeem. NOTE: See example here, bottom says food purchase is required and no more than one 10 free token redemption per child, per day is allowed. Scholastic – kids can earn digital rewards by tracking their reading time.  Schools can win as well. Looks like there are some prizes and a sweepstakes too.  Pottery Barn and Barnes...