The Armor of God for Homeschool Moms and Dads

The 2017-2018 school season is here! Most of us have already stacked up on school supplies and books, and some have even purchased fall gear. We’ve done our best to make sure our children are geared up for the school year. And we’ve done it selflessly – focusing on our children’s needs and forgetting about ourselves. But, home educators, we need gear too! We need to gear up in God’s armor (Ephesians 6: 11-18). Putting on the whole armor of God is the only way we’ll be able to stand. So, let’s take a closer look at each piece of armor and how it can get us through this school year successfully. read more

An Open Letter to a Homeschool Mom

Dear Homeschool Mom,

Before you look back to assess the past school year, listen to these three words: You’ve Done Well.

I know it’s hard to accept these words when you’re so hard on yourself. And I don’t blame you. It’s hard not to be hard on yourself when your children’s education is sitting in the palm of your hand. Oftentimes, you beat yourself up about what you could’ve done better. At other times, you wonder if you even have what it takes to continue this job. read more

5 Must-haves for a Stress-free Homeschool

March 2017 Devotion

Paper and pencils are must-haves for homeschool. But if you want a stress-free homeschool, it’s going to take a lot more than just pulling school supplies out of a desk drawer. In fact, what you’ll have to pull out can’t even be found in a drawer. It’s something you’ll have to pull out of your spirit: mercy, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. read more

Shaping Homeschool Students Into High Performers

Devotion for February 2017

Have you ever heard of the Rosenthal-Jacobson study? It was an experiment conducted in the 1960s in which teachers at a California elementary school were given the names of students who were “intellectual bloomers” or above-average learners. But in reality, those students were chosen at random. Nevertheless, when all students at the elementary school were tested at the end of the school year, the “intellectual bloomers” (or experimental group) scored significantly higher.

Why? read more

One Goal Every Homeschooler Should Have for 2017

Devotion for January 2017

The old Chinese proverb is true: Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. This proverb can be applied to homeschooling. Well, in a way it can. read more

5 Takeaways for Homeschoolers from the Story of Jesus’ Birth

The story of Jesus’ birth is hands down the best story ever told. This miraculous story fills us with life and hope, and many people can’t hear it without taking something away with them. There’s something for everyone. Even homeschoolers! Here are 5 takeaways for homeschool parents: read more

Keep Your Mind Stayed on Him

november-devotion

Some researchers estimate that the average person has about 70,000 thoughts per day. That’s a whole lot of thoughts! But I wonder: How much would that number increase if the minds of homeschooling parents were the subject of study. Teaching math alone can put some of our minds into overdrive. read more

Defeating Self-Doubt

self-doubt

“Our doubts are traitors,
and make us lose the good we oft might win,
by fearing to attempt.”

William Shakespeare

Self-doubt, without a doubt, is one of the greatest enemies to the mind of many homeschooling parents. Due to self-doubt, many parents have quit homeschooling, aren’t maximizing their potential as home educators, and many more are afraid to give homeschooling a try. read more

Count Your Blessings to Cast Away Worry

september devotion

How am I not supposed to worry about tomorrow? Isn’t this whole homeschooling journey about tomorrow – about educating and shaping my kids to be future leaders of tomorrow? read more

Welcome, 2016-2017 School Year!

New school year

On your mark, get set, go! A new school season is upon us. And the start of the school season is a perfect time for us to renew our thoughts. Welcome the 2016-2017 school year with positive thoughts. Embrace this season with excitement. Don’t focus on past failures and disappointments. Ignore voices of negativity and doubt. And most of all, remember read more

This Is Only for a Season

may devotionHomeschooling is a time-consuming task. And when parents take on this task, they quickly realize that, in order to successfully provide a valuable education, some of their personal plans and desires have to be set aside. read more

Exposing Our Weaknesses

devotionWe all have weaknesses, especially when it comes to homeschooling. No one is 100% proficient in every school subject, some of us find it difficult to keep lessons organized, many of us fall short of completing everyday tasks, and the list goes on. read more