Listening to God’s Will as a Parent

Rebecca button Listening to Gods Will as a Parent | Line upon Line LearningMany of my educational philosophies are secular, and especially on this blog, I share learning ideas that would work for people of all faiths. But it is true that I chose to homeschool initially because God asked me too!

Today I’m blogging on All Done Monkey for her Parenting and Faith series. Here’s how I start my post:

When Leanna asked how our faith influences our parenting, I could not help but recognize that my own understanding of my role as a mother came as a direct result of my faith.

I am not naturally a patient person. When my son entered the difficult toddler age, I found myself at my wits end most days. My husband frequently traveled, and my son stopped napping, so I felt there was never a respite from motherhood!

I could not wait for him to go off to school so I would not be frustrated all day long.

But my perspective changed when he was four. This was when I was guided in a completely different direction as a mother. I let myself listen to God’s will.

Read more of Listening to God’s Will as a Parent at All Done Monkey! 

Do you feel like you homeschool for similar reasons?

A Happier Home: Working with Your Kids + Giveaway

365 Days to a Happier Home rafflecopter graphic A Happier Home: Working with Your Kids + Giveaway | Line upon Line LearningIt is the first blogging anniversary of Makeovers and Motherhood, and she wants to celebrate with a cash giveaway, plus a list of ideas for making our homes happier!

She has teamed up with blogging friends to share their tips for 365 days to a happier home.

My tip relates to making our house a home by working with your kids. Here is what I have to say. (Make sure you scroll down to enter the giveaway as well!

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Top 12 Best Picture Books about Covered Wagon Pioneers

covered+wagon+pioneers Top 12 Best Picture Books about Covered Wagon Pioneers | Line upon Line Learning

What better way to learn about pioneers than by reading a bunch of books about the pioneers? After our covered wagon craft, Strawberry has been excited to read books about covered wagons.

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Pioneer Week: Covered Wagons Craft at Life Over C’s

coveredwagon Pioneer Week: Covered Wagons Craft at Life Over Cs | Line upon Line Learning

Today I get to share a fun pioneer covered wagon craft at my friend Kim’s blog!

When I think of Life Over C’s, I think of hands on learning. I decided we’d share how we made a covered wagon with her readers. Click over to see how I put it together. Continue reading

Family History Research for Kids Freebie: Exploring Pioneers

pioneers+week Family History Research for Kids Freebie: Exploring Pioneers | Line upon Line LearningToday begins 2014 Pioneer Week on my blog!

For today, tomorrow, and Thursday, I’ll be exploring pioneers. Today I’m focusing on the different kinds of pioneers in our family histories, for as we do family history research, we find fascinating stories of pioneering.

Merriam-Webster defines pioneer as follows:

: a person who helps create or develop new ideas, methods, etc.

: someone who is one of the first people to move to and live in a new area

I love how the definitions include pioneers in the traditional sense, but also pioneers in terms of creativity and methods. My ancestors were pioneers in many different ways.

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Book Talk Tuesday: Six Life Lessons Learned from Tom Sawyer

tom sawyer Book Talk Tuesday: Six Life Lessons Learned from Tom Sawyer | Line upon Line LearningFor Book Talk Tuesday, I want to share about a book I’m reading with my six-year-old son: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. I love this book, so I am delighted to revisit it with my child this time around!

While I realize some of it is a bit above my son’s understanding, in general, I’ve been super impressed with how much Raisin has enjoyed it, and how much of the story he “gets.” It’s not just accessible to all ages (the language takes getting used to, but it’s still accessible), but it is also full of miniature life-lessons that I have increasingly been pondering. Continue reading