And the Spirit shall be given unto you by the prayer of faith; and if ye receive not the Spirit ye shall not teach.
Doctrine and Covenants 42:14
I do not live in a predominantly LDS community. Before I began homeschooling and associating regularly with families outside of my local church circle, I did not realize the great number of religious people all around me. I know better now.
A number of the homeschoolers I’ve met have chosen to homeschool for religious reasons. Either they are concerned about the non-religious teaching or the environment of public school, or they, like me, have felt called by God to bring their children home so they’ve responded by doing so. Many of them adopt a formal devotional “curriculum” to begin their homeschool days.
I believe the scriptures are the best learning tool. However, as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I’ve also been delighted to find that many of the resources from the Church, for free, are well adapted to daily homeschool devotionals. Some of my favorite homeschool moments have been those first ones in the day when my son and I discuss gospel principles together.
Here are some ideas for how you too may want to incorporate gospel learning in to your homeschooling day. Continue reading
So, a team of 30+ digital creators got together and did a Facebook freebie linky party! From one facebook page to the next, you can get all sorts of lovely artwork. Some of it (although not all, so check the terms) can be also be used for commercial use. I honestly loved some of this. But I did not have a product waiting to be made right now, so I figured out something else fun I could do.
When I think of summer, I think of reading. When I’m reading a real book, I’m always in need of a bookmark, so here are some for you to print and use for whatever book you are enjoying this summer! Click on the blue download button at the bottom of this post.
If you’d like some lovely summer graphics for your own use, make sure you check out the Etsy Digital Design Team‘s summer freebie hop. These bookmarks include artwork from Candybox Digital, Mad Mad Graphics, Aisne’s Creations, Doris and Fred, and My Cute Graphics.com.
Download the Bookmarks
I am so excited about the redesign of my first product in my TeachersPayTeachers store.
Picture Book Geography: Paul Bunyan’s America was a project I created a year ago for my young son, an introduction to American landmarks by reading and learning about one of my favorite tall tale heroes, Paul Bunyan. He enjoyed it at the time, and I thought others might also enjoy it, so I expanded it for my TeachersPayTeachers store. Continue reading
As I’ve pondered this blog and the best ways I can serve the homeschooling community, I have decided to share some of the things that have worked for me with those who are either considering homeschooling or who already have begun the fun journey!
Introducing: Homeschooling How-To. Each week (or so), I’ll share some homeschooling advice or do my best to answer a question from another homeschooler. Of course, the idea is that everyone else gives their input in the comments too! Continue reading
We are still finishing up some of our school for the year (such as the American history plan that has fizzled). I still want to touch on Lincoln and the Civil War, and maybe some more modern history, but we’ll just take it one subject at a time. In the fall, we’ll move on to something else!
So here’s the plan for next year for Raisin.
I post this in hopes that some other parent or teacher might be able to give me some ideas.
Raisin (age 5) has developed a tendency to lie. I try to not give him the chance: if I know he didn’t brush his teeth, for example, I’ll say “let’s go do it together.” I don’t even ask.
But lately, his lying has become more tricky. When I asked if Dad had given him a certain non-toy thing the play with, he said yes, only I find out later that Dad had explicitly said “No.”
What is the solution to this new persistent bad habit? We’re also looking for ideas on dealing with emotions — especially when a new, difficult problem arises. I found some free products on TPT for those things. Let me know if you’ve found products or books about lying that may help me! Thanks in advance!