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Weekend homeschool links – Sept 17th

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Are you ready to outsource math and science in your homeschool? MyFunScience makes it easy to do so:

They offer a wide selection of courses for middle and high school students, all taught live by experienced teachers with a Christian worldview. And right now you can save $50 on your first class when you sign up for their mailing list!

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Still looking for that “just right” math curriculum for this year? Check out CTC Math​, chosen by respected reviewer Cathy Duffy as one of her “top homeschool picks!”

It includes short video lessons as well as step-by-step instructions for each problem & homeschoolers get it for half price! Try it for 4 weeks free to see if it’s a good fit for your kids.

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Art for the Homeschool Mom

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Art has always been special to me. I remember sitting at my mother’s knee as a child coloring in my sketchpad while she sketched a landscape. I don’t know what I was coloring or how it looked, but I remember what I was feeling.

With the sunlight streaming through the window and my mom humming lightly, I felt happy; I felt a connection to my mom that was rare. This early memory is unique from a childhood that did not contain much happiness, and I’ve always held it close to my heart.

As a teenager dealing with loneliness and bullying, I sketched animals, flowers, and doodles into my notebooks. Art was an escape, but I didn’t take an actual art class until I was a senior in high school. That’s when I was introduced to the full power of art and the master artists.

Perhaps that is why I want to share my love of art with my children. It’s a way to bring us together to enjoy our interests and express ourselves in a shared moment.

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Art for the Homeschool Mom

Sometimes the children and I lay outside in the grass, staring up at the clouds looking for animals and shapes in the vastness of the sky. It’s a lovely break to take during our homeschool day, especially when it is a beautiful sunny day or in the cool of the evening.

But often, I’ll look up and marvel at that perfect shade of blue or that exquisite rainbow of sunset colors that crescendo into a brilliant orange. I’ll draw the children’s attention to those masterstrokes of magnificence. Then I wonder if I could recreate that perfection with my art supplies.

I’m not a professional artist, but I love color. Sometimes I feel drawn to lines and forms while using a rainbow of colors. It’s therapeutic for me. I can feel my heart sing as the reds, blues, yellows, and greens begin to take on a life of their own. They begin to blend, mix, and swirl to create varying shades of new colors, and the joy I feel cannot be understated.

It is good for my soul and my kiddos to see my happiness in those moments.

How to Add More Art to Your Day

Are you wanting to add more art to your day? Here are a few tips for working in art for the homeschool mom – and they apply to any other passion/interest you might have as well!

  • Keep it short. I try to carve out 10 minutes of art for myself while the children are doing their quiet reading in the afternoon. I may go longer if my husband is home and can look after things for me while I get this much-needed self-care. If you have smaller children or babies that nap, then nap time can be a great time to sneak in a bit of art.
  • That means setup and clean-up need to be short too. As much as I love to paint with acrylics, it’s much harder to accomplish in the short time frame I’ve scheduled unless the kids are doing it with me. I’ve found chalk pastels, colored pencils, and watercolors take much less time than other forms of art.
  • It’s OK to incorporate the kids! If you can’t carve out time for yourself, then it’s okay to let the kids be a part of your art if they want.
  • Have Fun! Remember to keep this moment special. Make yourself a cup of tea or coffee. Maybe have a favorite snack. Make it an art teatime! Enjoy yourself!

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Homeschool Art Lessons

Art has evolved in our home over the years. Instead of being an occasional addition to our homeschool, it has become a weekly joyful teatime event based on current interests!

That’s because we’re child-led and delight-directed in our homeschool. There are many homeschool art curriculums to choose from, but one of our favorites is the You ARE An Artist Complete Clubhouse Membership.

With my children’s vast array of interests, from history to animals to mythical creatures, literary favorites, the master artists, and everything in between, we need resources that provide loads of interests. The You ARE An Artist Clubhouse does just that and gives us 700+ online chalk pastel art lessons

Plus, the lessons are short. Usually 10-15 minutes in length. Perfect for a busy homeschool mom! Setup and clean-up are super easy too – Just keep some damp paper towels on hand.

My children and I can choose to follow the lessons exactly, or we may choose to do our own thing, which happens more often than not with my daughter. She’s my artistic maverick, and I love that about her!

I want her to express herself and her feelings, even if that means her version of art is entirely different. After all, she IS the artist.

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It’s okay if you aren’t interested in making art a part of your homeschool mom’s self-care, you can still make art an easy part of your homeschool. Set the table with your children’s favorite beverage and snacks and keep the mood light and fun.

It doesn’t have to be perfect. Art isn’t about the end product so much as it’s about being expressive and imaginative and the creative process it takes to get there.

I’m thrilled to say that art has grown in our home from a simple appreciation into a way to follow our interests delightfully.

For me, it is a form of self-care as well as another way to build connections and memories with my children. Hopefully, my kiddos will look back on their homeschool art education with happy memories of color, fun, warmth, and love.

Art for the Homeschool Mom: Art can be a form of self-care for homeschool moms as well as a form of connection with their children. Check out these tips for making space for more art in your homeschool day! #homeschool #homeschooling #homeschoolmom #homeschoolart #artforthehomeschoolmom #art #chalkpastel

How have you managed to fit in time for art or another passion into your homeschool? What are some of your favorite resources for homeschooling art?

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Weekend homeschool links – Sept 10th

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So excited about Mitali Perkin’s beautiful new book about books

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There is no simple, one-size-fits-all homeschool solution, but Sonlight Curriculum can help! Their well-planned program makes it easy; you can trust that you are giving your kids all they need to thrive in their education.

Sonlight is a flexible, all-in-one homeschool curriculum that has guided thousands of homeschooling families with ease and confidence for 30 yearsfind out more!

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Even though this year’s conference season has ended, it’s never too early to put Great Homeschool Conventions’ 2022 dates on your calendar! There’s fresh new info and material every year, allowing you to come away more equipped, encouraged and energized — both as a parent and as a Homeschooler.

And did you know that GHC offers discounts to pastors, military personnel, and families who volunteer? Check it out here!

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2021 Homeschool Room Tour

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2021 Homeschool Room Tour is a post from Confessions of a Homeschooler. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Erica on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest! Also be sure to stop by her Community to join the discussion or her Store to see her latest items!

Hi everyone! We’re cleaning up, cleaning out, and rearranging our school room, and so today I’m sharing our updated homeschool room tour with you! We have moved things around from last year just for a little change and we love it!

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I want to start off by saying that you by no means need to have a dedicated “classroom” in order to homeschool. You can literally homeschool anywhere you have space and wherever you prefer. We often pack up and head to the library to do school, sometimes we end up in the living room, and other times we head outside. It really depends on the day and our mood!

That said, I do have a setup school area that we use the majority of the time. It works well for our family and we’re thankful to have this space! So I thought it would be fun to take a little tour and show you how we have it all set up now that we’ve moved!

Watch Our 2021 Updated Homeschool Tour here!

For more details on our school desk setup. Ikea discontinued the tabletops I purchased, but they replaced them with the Linnmon Table Tops, white. I think everything else is the same. Here are links to the desk pieces.

As promised, here are some links to the products mentioned in this video and a few other products we’ve used in our homeschool:

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Click below to download:

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For those of you wondering about our birdies, they are happily vibing upstairs in my daughters room!

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10 Ways to Get Through a “Gifted” Day In Your Homeschool

Every parent has good days and bad. Every mom has days she wonders if she {or the kids} will make it through the day. And every parent of gifted kids knows that there are just some days when “gifted” doesn’t really seem like it’s that much of a gift. Everything you say is challenged, in […]

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Weekend homeschool links: Sept 3rd

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Are you looking to inspire a book-loving teen this new school year? I can’t rave enough about TJEd High, & right now they are enrolling for their fall semester!

The program has been a significant part of my 17-year-old son Jonathan’s curriculum for the past four years! They read a classic weekly, discuss it via a safe, moderated forum, & receiving video mentoring to go deeper in thought and study. Highly recommended!

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If you need to add an easy reading curriculum to your homeschool this year, Reading Eggs is definitely the way to go! While your child plays, they will also learn reading basics, all the while leaving your hands free to work/teach elsewhere = a win/win!

Try it out with their four week free trial to see how your child likes it and how much they learn – (a little-known bonus is that their math program, Mathseeds, is included in the trial as well!) 

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The Scholar Blessing: 8 Worthy Aims for All of Us

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The Scholar Blessing ~
Written by Kari Patterson of Sacred Mundane

My first born began High School this morning. No new clothes or haircuts or lockers or even leaving the house, but this mama’s heart still bursted with pride at watching my man-child stride into this new season: that of Scholar.

Though seasons blend and life doesn’t fit into well-defined categories, I can look back and see the developmental phases: That Core phase from about 0-8 where we learned to read, share toys, and do chores. That Love of Learning phase from about 8-12 where we threw ourselves into every interest, piled up books on various topics, and intentionally ignored most things measured — report cards, test scores, etc.

There’s some transition, of course, but now we are smack dab in Scholar phase and as he began his high school career this morning I read aloud to him A Liturgy for Students & Scholars (p. 38-40 in Every Moment Holy – afflink) and realized all of us could benefit from its beautiful Scholar blessing, regardless of whether we consider ourselves religious or not.

Indeed, tucked within this Scholar blessing, this prayer, are 8 worthy aims for every one of us:

May I learn to love learning, O Lord, for the world is yours, and all things in it speak — each in their way — of you: of your mind, your designs, your artistry, your power, your unfolding purpose.  All knowledge is your knowledge. All wisdom your wisdom.

1. Let’s raise young men and women who love learning. Let’s never lose sight of this top priority.

Therefore, as I apply myself to learning, may I be mindful that all created things are your creative expression, that all stories are held within your greater story, and that all disciplines of order and design are a chasing after your thoughts — so that greater mastery of these subjects will yield ever greater knowledge of the symmetry and wonder of your ways.

2. Let’s help our students connect their studies to the grand schemeseeing each subject as an integral part of a beautiful, complex world. 

Along this journey, O Great Architect of Life and Beauty, bless me with teachers who are passionate about the subjects that they teach, and with mentors who will take joy in awakening in me a fierce love for those parts of your creation and your story that they have already learned to love well.

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3. Let’s cultivate in ourselves a love and passion for what we teach. Let’s work hard to connect our students with other teachers and mentors will also teach with passion and infect our students with this love. 

As I apply myself even to those subjects that I might at first find tedious, reward my efforts with new insights, fresh inspiration, small epiphanies, and with the firm conviction that you are at work in my heart in all circumstances, not only broadening my knowledge, but also shaping my heart by patience, endurance, and discipline that I might mature to more fitly and humbly serve the purposes of your great kingdom.

4. Let’s encourage our students in the subjects they despise, convincing them of the benefits of learning to do their best despite a lack of natural inclination toward their subject. 

Give me a deepening knowledge of truth and a finer discernment of the ideas I encounter in my studies. Guard my mind always against error, and guard also my heart against the temptation to compare my own performance to the work of my peers, and so to fall into either of the twin traps of shame or pride.

5. Let’s celebrate knowledge and excellence and wisdom and skill mastery for their own sake, not with regard to out-performing peers. 

Grant instead that I might happily steward what scholarship gifts you have apportioned me, and that I might do so as a means of preparing myself for service to you and to others, my identity drawn from your love and forgiveness, and not from my grades or accolades here.

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6. Let’s continually bring to our students’ minds the ways we are to use our skills and knowledge to serve our world

Open, O Lord, as you will, the paths of my life in the days yet to come. Use my studies to further shape my vision of what my place and call in this world might be. Begin to show me where my own deep gladness and the world’s deep need might meet. And in that light, let me be mindful not only of my studies, but also mindful of the needs of my peers and even of my teachers. Let me respond with mercy to the failings of others.

7. Let’s model for our students what kindness and mercy look like as we face the inevitable challenges of educational interactions. Let’s make these attitudes of the heart every bit as important as academic excellence. 

Let me be in this school, even in small ways, a bearer of love and light and reconciliation; which is to say, let me in humility be your child.

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8. Let’s do everything within our power to raise students who will be instruments of love and reconciliation in a world so desperately in need of exactly this. 

Regardless of our educational philosophy or the different techniques or teaching styles we employ, let us be all about these eight things as we raise young men and women to make a difference in our world.

Happy start-of-school friends! Thanks for reading this Scholar blessing. Feel free to reply and share your thoughts here!

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Vintage Truck of the Month: September Cross Stitch

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Vintage Truck of the Month: September Cross Stitch is a post from Confessions of a Homeschooler. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Erica on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest! Also be sure to stop by her Community to join the discussion or her Store to see her latest items!

Hi friends! I have a fun new cross stitch pattern to release today! This one is my Vintage Truck of the Month: September Cross Stitch pattern and it goes perfectly with my Vintage Truck September Quilt Pattern of course!

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I used 14-count white Aida with two strands of DMC floss. But you can substitute in any fabric and floss you prefer.

Click here to get the Vintage Truck September Cross Stitch Pattern!

Materials Needed:

  • Cloth (14 count white Aida)
  • Floss (DMC)
  • Size 26 tapestry needle
  • Optional: Embroidery hoop and needle minder 

The stitch count for the Vintage Truck of the Month is 42w by 50h. 

The sample is stitched on 14-count white Aida cloth with DMC floss. If you stitch with the recommended fabric, the finished piece will be approximately 3″w x 3.5″h.

  • Please note the pattern comes with three different chart styles so hopefully one will work for you! It has a color chart, and a color with symbol chart, and a black and white symbol only chart. You can view it digitally if you’d like, or print it for ease of use.

Get the Vintage Truck of the Month: September Cross Stitch pattern here!

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Weekend homeschool links: August 27th

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Looking for an inspiring read? My friend Jill’s new adoption memoir (afflink) is a beautiful reminder of God’s faithfulness!

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Wondering how to have those important (yet awkward) conversations with your kids about puberty? Dr. Shelley Metten of Anatomy for Kids makes the process much easier with her age-appropriate book series!

Each one is designed to guide you as this conversation unfolds in your home. Get further details and learn more about Dr. Metten’s approach here.

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Don’t miss the chance to sign your teen up for a fun elective this school year: Film School 4 Teens wants to offer everyone in our community 15% off any of their courses – including Filmmaking, Photography, YouTube, and even Acting!

All of their offerings are video-based, self-paced, and family-friendly, meaning your teen can start anytime and can fit it into their schedule. My daughter took one of their courses and it was so good for developing her creative skills!

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2021 Sewing Room Tour!

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2021 Sewing Room Tour! is a post from Confessions of a Homeschooler. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Erica on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest! Also be sure to stop by her Community to join the discussion or her Store to see her latest items!

Happy Thursday friends! I’ve had a ton of requests for an updated sewing/quilting room tour, so that’s what we’re doing today! Everything in my room is linked below!

Watch my 2021 Sewing Room Tour Video here!

Links to my furniture!

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Links to products mentioned in the video, along with some of my favorite sewing notions:

I hope you enjoyed my sewing room tour!

If you just started quilting or sewing, check out my How to Quilt Series!

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