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Last week I picked up the novel my son was reading to help him with comprehension. He is reading Call it Courage. As I read the first chapter I realized that this book was not about a boy’s struggle with war. (That’s right! I never even noticed the cover)
Good Lord, help my children!
OK. I am not the most literate adult I know. In fact I did not read one book in high school. I was that student that could scan and skim, gather the right information and quotes to get an “A” in the class while never really having to read anything.
I was pleasantly surprised by the plot of this tiny little book my son was reading, yet it made me question my ability to lead him.
I picked up a Coral Reef book filled with fantastic photographs and we began exploring the complexity and delicacy of these living structures. Oh my, we were and continue to be captivated!
In our research we discovered a new creature: The mantis shrimp. Holy smokes! This little guy is fantastic. Supposedly this creature has the fastest movement in the animal kingdom as it punches its prey. We had to learn more…
A quick internet search, led us to one of my favorite YouTube Channels “Smarter Every Day” and viola, there was the beautiful, powerful, and astounding mantis shrimp. This one is worth watching with your kids!
So there you go. A ride on my homeschooling merry go round.
First I allow my son to read a book that I know nothing about.
second, I form an opinion about the book strictly by its title.
Then, I am struck “dumb” as I read to catchup with my son.
next I see an opportunity to follow a rabbit trail down an area of interest.
Then, we become engrossed and amazed in a little creature we didn’t even know existed.
Yep, a successful homeschooling week I’d say.
Of course, I failed again when I fell for the “Finding Nemo is all about a coral reef”: hook, line and sinker.
How about you?
Do you ever struggle with feeling like you fall short as a homeschooler?
We are currently teaching son #2 to drive. Phew!
Teens Know Everything.
They know how to eat, sleep, hang out with friends, do their work, drive and live like they are invincible.
Every teen I have ever known has had at least a mild case of “that can’t happen to me”. When I was a teen I had a terrible case. My favorite thing to do was to walk right out into the street without looking. I used to say, “The driver has to stop for pedestrians.”
Yes, I was that stupid. Not sure how I survived.
Today, teens have a bigger temptation to dangle in front of certain and sudden death: texting and driving.
The statistics for texting and driving, or distracted driving in general, are scary.
By being sneaky.
Challenge them into a “I can text faster than you.”
Their own ego traps them in this stage of the game. It’s beautiful.
Reward their accomplishment of beating you with a small treat.
Take their text times and “translate them” into driving distances.
(don’t worry, The sheet and directions are in the game)
Take it outside and use dice and hazard cards to give them a proper wake up call!
Agree to NEVER use a cell phone while driving. All drivers sign a contract.
I am terrified that one or all of our boys will be tempted to text and drive or even to simply glance at their phone. The next time you are driving around town simply glance at all the drivers that pass by. Chances are, at least one will be looking at their phone.
So, I created a Game.
For Parents, Grandparents, Teachers, Librarians, Sunday School Teachers, Soccer Coaches, Driver’s Ed Instructors, Neighbors and Friends to play with Young Drivers…
Please download your copy and play the game today.
My prayer is that it will save lives…
We suck as parents today.
In general parents today let their kids float.
Things We Fail at in Parenting.
Letting boys be boys.
I have five of them. Trust me, they do not need help being boys. They need help being future men.
We are training up the future men of this world, and we take that seriously. Our boys are clean, clean cut, and hard working… Whether they like it or not.
Letting boys sit around all day.
My “Mommy Sense” (similar to Spider-Man’s ‘Spidey Sense’) kicks into over drive when I see my boys sitting on the sofa during the day.
I immediately start asking, did you do this, did you do that?
Sorry. Boys should not sit unless they are on the toilet.
Letting my boys have their own style of dress and hair.
Future men worthy of serving God, loving their wives, running their businesses, etc should be others centered.
If they grow their hair to their tush, drop their waist line to reveal undies, and pierce anything they can, then they will cause “grandma” to feel uncomfortable and cross the street to avoid contact with them. Not acceptable.
While I’m all for freedom of expression, my boys express themselves in a boring way physically and that will give them an edge.
Expecting teenage years to be Easy.
We expect the teenage years to be hard because we will make them hard.
Yep. Teenage Years will be hard.
Moms and dads, if you have boys join us at sucking to raise them to be wimpy, lazy, self centered men.
If you have little girls, suck at raising them to be focused on selfies, self, make-up, and sexuality.
We need to suck at parenting “today” and excel at parenting for tomorrow.
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Without a doubt the students I loved teaching the most are my own twin daughters, now age 19. They are one week from graduating high school and I couldn’t be more proud. They both have learning disabilities, so school was a long hard battle for them as well as me. Their first grade teacher said Megan and Katie needed to repeat that grade, so they did. With me. I homeschooled them to the dismay of several public school teacher friends. We did not follow the typical public or private school curriculum. I saw how they learned. I knew where the gaps were and decided to focus on that alone. We did reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmatic, with an emphasis on reading. By the end of the semester, Megan, who entered homeschool as a non-reader, was now reading on a second grade level. We had gained two and a half years in one semester. Talk about miracles!
Choose a Bible verse and follow the letters through the study.
I have a verse jar just in case the kids cannot pick a verse. The thing to remember is that studying God’s word is a a discipline that kids should be taught, so that when they grow up they already know how to “rightly divide the word of truth”.
Walk your kids through the verse by focusing on the four letters:
Simply writer the Bible verse down. Younger kids may want to cut and paste the verse.
God wants us to be “doers of the word”.
What does this verse instruct us to do?
Ask the Lord to help us follow His
I love this way of studying scripture. I am working on teaching our boys to break open Bible verses this way. While there are many ways to “study” scripture, this is one of my favorites!
I created a simple template to encourage kids to focus on observing, applying, and praying over their Bible verses for the week. I am so pleased with how much they are getting out of this exercise that I want to share the resource with you for FREE.
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Here is one of my boys’ devotions from today. Don’t you love the design he created along the side?
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I am so thankful!
If you tie a ring on a string and hang it over your belly, it will predict whether you are having a boy or a girl.If it swings in a circular motion, you are having a girl, but if it’s swinging side to side, it means you’re having a boy.
Boys are just loud, Bouncy, and energetic. And did I say LOUD?
They come out of the womb already programmed with sound effects for all those cars, trucks, and sticks they wield.
New Parents: We started out anti-gun, like you, but since boys tend to turn every stick into a weapon, we had to change tactics or lose our minds. Since we like our sanity, we taught gun safety from an early age.
If it shoots, kids need to learn respect for it.
Nerf guns, water balloon launchers, paintball and airsoft pistols, bows, rubber band shooters, straws with wadded up pieces of paper, those little folded football things kids used to play with at restaurants before someone handed them a smartphone, and so on.
Knitting is a perfect quiet activity during read aloud time. Your Boys may need some convincing.
Can Your Boys Knit?