FREEBIE: Thanksgiving Bible Verses for Copywork



Thanksgiving Copywork Freebie Cover

I just put up a brand new item in my store on Currclick…and the best news is, this one is free!!! Check out Thanksgiving Bible Verses for Copywork, just in time to celebrate the holiday.

Handwriting, grammar, spelling, sentence structure, mechanics, AND Bible, all in one easy lesson? It’s simple with Bible Copywork. Your student can study the biblical meaning of Thanksgiving while carefully copying Scripture in their own handwriting. Simply print off each page and let your student copy from the model onto the provided lines. Product includes 27 verses with regular lines for older students followed by the same verses with dotted lines for younger ones. 

And while you are there, you can check out the rest of my products as well.

Chores for Pay



I’ll be honest. Between homeschooling and working at HEDUA, plus my myriad of other responsibilities, housework sometimes gets put on the back burner. However, I have also discovered that both my husband’s and my attitudes are much better when our house is neat. There just aren’t enough hours in the day. While my kids have always had some chores, they sometimes cause more work for me than they are worth. We started a new chore plan that seems to be helping. So far, it has developed independence in my children while also creating, dare I say it, enthusiasm for doing chores.

How to Set up a Paid Chores System

It all started with my son, who complained that there are no jobs available for eleven-year-old boys. While his fourteen-year-old sister can babysit for extra cash, he has yet to find a money-making venture that has panned out-though he has tried. So he had a proposal for me. Would I pay him to do some special chores around the house so he could have some money to buy a gift for a friend? After thinking it through, I agreed-with the following stipulations:

  1. All of his regular personal chores and schoolwork needed to be done before he did the chores for pay.

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Answering the Orphan’s Cry: The Gibbons Family


November is adoption month. Adoption is very dear to my heart, since we were blessed with our two children through adoption. I conducted this interview for HEDUA a couple of years ago:

Busy with duties as leader of a youth summer camp, the last thing on Casey Gibbons’ mind was orphan care and adoption. She and her husband Scotty were heavily involved in on-staff ministry at James River Assembly of God in Ozark, Missouri. Casey, already mother to two daughters under three, was pregnant with their third child. Still, as she worked online, a pop-up message on the screen that mentioned waiting children piqued her interest. According to Casey, “I had never thought about waiting children or orphan care, but I began to read about the needs here in America and around the world. I was overwhelmed with a call of God to do something, even though I sat there pregnant with my third baby and had a one- and two-year-old. It was purely God at work.”

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6 Ideas for Nature Study in the Winter



The first dusting of snow fell last week, and today we have gotten several inches of the white stuff. My middle-school-aged son and I have been studying animals in science this year, so we are gearing up to have some fun with nature study in the winter. We have our bird feeders set out where we can see them from the warmth of the kitchen, and I am planning a hike or two as soon as it warms up just a tad. While spring and summer may seem like the optimum months for nature study, winter can be enjoyable, too.

Here are a few ways we enjoy nature study even when the temperature plummets outside:
  1. We put up bird feeders and keep a record of which birds visit our yard. We also like to experiment with different types of bird seed and feeders, to see which ones attract more birds. Right now, we have a clean vegetable oil bottle filled with regular bird seed and a suet basket.

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Providing a Place Where Everyone Wants to Hang Out



I am never sure from one day to the next how many children might be hanging out in my family room watching a movie or playing board games in the kitchen. Early on in our parenting, my husband and I made it a priority to make sure our children and their friends were comfortable here. There is a very good reason for this: If they are here, we know what they are doing! And because we so frequently have our children’s friends in our home, we have gotten to know them well, which makes us more comfortable when our children ask to spend time with them away from our home.

7 Tips for Encouraging Your Kids and Their Friends to Spend Time at Your House

Over the years, we have learned several lessons about entertaining our children’s friends. Here are some of our tips for providing a safe place for your kids and their friends to spend time together:

  1. Spend some time with your spouse hashing out what the house rules are going to be. Then make sure that your children and their friends are aware of these guidelines. Decide if the rules that apply to your children when they are home by themselves are the same ones that will apply when they have their friends over. For example, do you want them to ask before they get something out of your refrigerator or before they use a video game system? Are the same limits for TV time in effect when friends are over?

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Expanding Your Child’s Writing



How to Get Started With 4 Common Types of Writing

While not every child is destined to become a famous-or infamous-writer, everyone needs to write in a variety of writing types during his or her lifetime. From letters to speeches to reports, it is important to expose our children to a variety of types of writing. Here are descriptions and examples of four common types of writing: narrative, expository, persuasive, and descriptive, as well as some tips for getting started in teaching each style to expand your child’s writing.

Narrative Writing

Narrative writing tells a story based on a real or imagined event. Its purpose is to entertain. The primary goal of narrative writing is to relate a series of events. Narrative writing needs descriptive language and imagery to tell the story, in order to hold the reader’s interest.

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First Day of School Photos


We started school back in August, but with a high schooler and a middle schooler, this year just started off extremely busy, and I didn’t get our photos posted. So, here they are: First day of school 2015. Boo is a sophomore and Buddy is in the sixth grade. Time is flying by. I am so thankful to have the extra time with them that I get by having them home with me!

Buddy is a little taller than his sister now, which he is very excited about. But in this photo he  is taking full advantage of a hill and his tiptoes!