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Home School Support Group Tip!

I just updated all the Home School Support Groups in Alberta - spent hours on the phone over the past 10 days, talking to Support Group leaders and members. Updating information, writing down what each support group is doing well AND more. One of the neatest things I noticed was that quite a few Support Groups have Facebook Pages and how well those are working for those groups. I actually was so inspired I started a Facebook Page for our area - wow, what a good way for those online to connect. Easy to share information, encouragement and more. Watch for the updated Support Group lists here - our webmaster is totally revamping everything on that page AND the Support Group information will be current as of Jan. 15, 2013!{jcomments off}

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Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day Today!

Yesterday, during church, they played a clip about Martin Luther King Jr's "I have a Dream" speech. Wow - it was so moving. (I didn't realize we would be in the States during Martin Luther King Jr Day - they are even having a parade in his honor today. BUT I did find this Letter From a Birmingham Jail that I want the girls to read today (or when we get back). How are you celebrating Martin Luther King Day today? Make sure to include real people and real events in your home school whenever possible. I want our girls to know the cost for freedom and not to take it for granted.{jcomments off}

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Anyone have the January Blues?

Well, we had a very busy Christmas and while I am looking forward to the New Year, it is sometimes easy to get discouraged and blue in January or February.  I just read The Winter Blues on the Crosswalk site and thought she made several good points that would help at this time.

I also learned years ago to keep VERY busy in January and February.  It is a great time to go full speed ahead on home schooling our children AND even to accomplish some extra projects. 

If you are feeling a bit blue, why not check out the above link OR get busy home schooling, crafting, writing, sewing, baking, playing games  Smile - It'll get you through January and February AND before you know it, spring will be almost here!{jcomments off}

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The Joy of Home Schooling our Children (AND Merry Christmas!)

Well, the countdown to Christmas has begun, although for many of us, Christmas (and celebrating our Savior) is a way of life. Home Educating our children is also a way of life for many of us.....

It's been years since Richard and I began home schooling our children AND embraced the home education life style. That decision actually changed our lives and the lives of our children. It was a *very good* decision and one that we have never regretted.

Sure - it is the path less traveled, but it has been totally worthwhile for our family. I can get a little emotional at times over all the good memories we have made, and the education we all have received. I am a different person (and mother) than I was before we started to home school. I have learned so many things in the last 20 years. AND I am totally thrilled that our graduated daughters (26 and 21) still love learning and continue their life education at this time. I am thrilled at the motivation to learn that our younger daughters (15 and 13) have as well. It really has been A WONDERFUL LIFE. (smile)

I saw a very simple blog this week that I would like to share with you. It has a lot of pictures and a short sentence under each picture, but I am still thinking about what she shared. It really spoke to me and I hope it speaks to you. Sometimes.....

And I will also take this time to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas. I always strive to remember that Jesus is the Reason for the Season, and I hope in the midst of our busy December days, that He is the reason for the season for you, too.{jcomments off}

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A Great Question! What Counts As Home Schooling?

A friend shared "What Counts As Home Schooling?" on an elist, earlier this morning and I loved it. My response was:

Loved this article! That is how we have lived and home schooled. I can remember when we brought our oldest daughter home and thinking that home schooling only counted when we sat down at the kitchen table with workbooks. Took about 6 months to realise nature walks counted, baking and measuring counted, writing letters counted and so much more.

I'm actually beginning to think discussions matter more than we think (especially WITH our big kids) AND I try to include them every day / week. I like having a paper trail, but a lot of the best home educating is paper free. smile (I still keep a record of a lot of our discussions - what we talked about, why, and some of the comments....)
 
I would also recommend checking out this link - Include Bible Study in Your Home Schooling - That isn't the name of it, BUT that is what I got out of it. SO many of us are home educating our kids AND praying that their spiritual lives and moral character are strong. Include the Bible in your home school. Bring your faith and Christian beliefs into every discussion and every subject. Make Christianity real. As we do this, our children will grow spiritually strong in their faith and in their academics. {jcomments off}
 
 
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