Often, after acceptance of Christ as our Lord and personal savior, we will be confronted with the past. All reactions in those moments will be the true testament of your transformation into a Blood Washed believer. It is completely up to you and your actions to display the Light of Christ in every situation, especially in anger. God is so faithful and he is more than able to change you, shape you, mold, grow, and equip you so your faith will endure until the end.
Here is a great video, full of encouragement to keep you focused and pursuing the perfecting of your being through life in Christ.
When it comes to homeschooling, or teaching at all for that matter, one of the first things that come to mind is curriculum. Yes, that word is notorious for being famous and infamous but it is most definitely necessary in every educational avenue. Choosing the perfect curriculum can take days, months, it can even take a few years to create the perfect fusion of scholastic necessity, comprehension, and fun. But, don’t fret! You too can have the most perfect curriculum for your homeschool students and I am going to tell you how.
Here are my top three tips for understanding, creating, and choosing the perfect course of study.
● Start with FREE options. Yes, there are several, high quality, challenging yet fun, FREE curriculums available online. You can even find FREE religious homeschool choices. By looking at free options first you’re able to use items from your local library and aren’t required to spend a lot of money upfront. This gives you time to try various educational methods while you decipher your child(ren)’s learning style. Once you understand their learning style.
● Narrow down your family necessities so you can wisely choose or custom create a course of study for your children. What is important to you? Do you prefer a Christian curriculum? Do you think your kids could benefit from having extra Bible study time or learning their subjects from a Biblical worldview? Would you prefer to teach Bible study separately and teach regular subjects during school time? Would you rather some subs if they got any Co-op so your children can learn them within a small similar community? All these things and more needs to be thought about before committing to a paid program.
●Prior to purchasing a full curricuulm, read reviews and ask for samples of their products, most will be readily available on the company’s website. Also look for items for resale groups. You should be able to find a resale group for every popular curriculum through Facebook or even Yahoo groups. There might even be some posted on the company’s message board or social media pages. It is completely okay to use pre-owned items and you will save a lot of money. The same also goes for creating a customized course of study. Don’t be afraid to purchase books from thrift stores or even items via eBay or used on Amazon. Everything does not need to be brand-spanking-new.
Of course we could talk about this subject all day, but I truly hope that this blog has provided a better understanding of what to look for in deciding how to educate your children at home. For additional understanding on what curriculum is and some examples of how I create our’s, watch my recent video.
And be on the lookout for my next blog post which will be updated weekly with the curriculum we will be using for the next school year. Some was purchased, some is offered online for free, and other items are from a subscription service.
Where the great things about homeschooling is the ability to personalize not only the way you teach but the way that you store and keep your records. I have always thought that more is better than less when it comes to details therefore I compose an educational summary for each academic year. This synopsis includes information about our curriculum, supplements, field trips, volunteer experiences, extracurricular activities, behavior issues, attendance, areas for improvement and end of year scholastic assessment results.
Sounds like a lot, huh? Well that’s because it is. In addition, I keep a folder full of samples of his work and take pictures of any large projects he created for the photo portion of our portfolio. The report card we use is from a free packet download found via a quick google search.
To see a version of our annual education summary check out this recent Periscope, turned YouTube video, below.
This social media status came across my memories today and I had to share it with you all.
“Husband was on the phone when he said the quote of the day, “My wife hasn’t worked in 7 years.” I remember praying to be a SAHM. I remember the day I became one and my husband said “God will provide.” I remember people telling me that once my first becomes school aged then Kevin would require me to work again. I remember others saying once we have a second child there’s no way I could stay home. I also remember those saying I need a side account just in case he didn’t let me have any money or was stingy with his check. I DISTINCTLY remember checking every single person, in the most Holy way.
We’ve never bragged about what we have because honestly, we barely had “it” in the early years but God always provided. He has blessed the work of my husband’s hands tremendously. I’m grateful for Kevin Kemp because he has never made me feel inadequate or inferior for not bringing in more than a little YT money. He values my work at home and enjoys every benefit. Everything either of us makes is ours and no secret anything is needed.
God is faithful to those who are faithful to him. I love my King because he honors the King of kings. There is nothing like life with The Most High especially when I get to share it with my wonderful husband. Don’t let other’s comments interrupt God’s plan for your life. Remind them that your home is not up for discussion and that God takes care of his children. Long and random but I thank God for a reminder of where we came from and a glimpse of where we are going.”
I posted that status on August 11, 2015 but these words are still true today. Never forget that God is more than able to equip, give provision, lead, and guide you through your life. Just remain obedient to his will and the Word of God in the Bible. He has never broken a promise. He has never failed. His perfect love for his children is everlasting and his truth will endure forever.
If you ever get concerned about his track record, read your Bible and watch your faith come alive again. Take a trip down memory lane and revisit the miracles He has performed for friends, family, and even yourself. Even as I write this, life is happening and I’m truly concerned but I know God is able. I’ve trusted him through our journey and I will never be persuaded to stop. He is never failing! He is powerful! He is great and mighty! He is love and truth personified! He reigns forever and ever more! He is! He just is!
Never doubt his presence, power, and promises. Be strong believers. Remain obedient. ENDURE!
God WILL provide.
So many people have asked me why we decided to homeschool and how we got started. The short answer is through much prayer and a strong pull from God to educate our son, only child at the time, at home. As a result of being obedient to Him, we’ve watched our son flourish academically and spiritually. During our journey we learned that homeschool is so much more than having school at home, it is a blessing.
To hear my husband and I discuss the beginnings of our homeschool history check out this recent Periscope turned video.