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31 Days of Creative Homeschooling: Inspiration


When You Rise Up by R.C. Sproul Jr.


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31 Days of Creative Homeschooling: Experiment Idea


Presenting lessons a different way makes everything more fun! You could lay everything that is needed on a table and help the kids deduce what they’ll be doing, or make a treasure map of items you need and have them find everything before you begin. Some days *I* just need to change things up a bit!


This day called for drawing step by step instructions for a simple, inexpensive, completely awesome experiment that will get you amazed and joyful reactions like this:

Look closely at the left side, center of the picture ~ you can see the ash left from the rocket floating mid air!

Discover the science behind it all here!!

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31 Days of Creative Homeschooling: Inspiration

~ Get creative – God commands it ~
He who is Creator made us creative. That includes when we teach our children His commands!
Deuteronomy 6:5-10

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31 Days of Creative Homeschooling: Words

A quick glance at one of my journal pages tonight ~ more on words tomorrow!

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Day 24

I’m thankful for pen & paper. I’ve written about my journals several times.
When I was younger I always doodled & had little notebooks but I think my journaling really took off when I started writing out my prayers. I have prayer journals full of requests from friends, full of gratitudes, pleas, and heart wrenching fears. It became easier and easier to open up to The Lord as I wrote.
I’ll share some more journal pages ~




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Peek in my journal

Grab a cup of coffee with me and I’ll let you peek into my journal.
I’ve mentioned my journal before.

I am still at it, recording important & meaningful thoughts from books I read or conversations I’ve had. I don’t like the thought of having an experience or reading something motivating and not be able to recall what struck me.
I want to grow & learn, I never want to be stagnate or simply live to be entertained. Therefore, I record to recall.

I also use my journal for school planning. Book lists, schedules, yearly goals, & the kids’ interests all get recorded .

Something new that I’ve been doing is Morning Pages. I try to get up before anyone else, find a quiet corner & write 3 pages. It’s an exercise developed by Julia Cameron. I have been doing this nearly every day for about a month and I love it. Some days my morning pages are a prayer, pearls of pleas strung together on the page. Other mornings the three pages are full of grouchiness & complaints. Ms Cameron says that morning pages are a means of clearing out the cobwebs, ┬ásimilar to taking yourself out for a cup of coffee.


And of course my journal will always be full of doodles, just as my school papers from childhood always had them down the side. I’m sure my teachers loved that.

I’ll always be a doodler, have favorite paper textures, ink pens & words, and it’ll probably always be difficult to find a normal ball point pen in my home. That happened last week when a friend asked to borrow a pen. We found gel pens, felt tip pens, pens with every color ink except black…. it was rather humorous & I appreciated that she loved the search even if we never came up with a simple ballpoint pen.

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10 things

As I’ve only posted 5 weeks of {this moment} recently, I thought I’d better take some time to share this morning! It’s been a busy “season” and while I’m thankful I can quickly document something each Friday I don’t intend that to be the only posts I share.
So today I’ll post ten topics with details and perhaps that will kick-start some more writing in this space!

As a family we are watching The Amazing Race & Survivor, Jon and I die over Modern Family each week and the kids and I finished this last season of Face Off recently.

Listening to: Carbon Leaf’s album, “Christmas Child“, it is one of my all time favorite Christmas albums. Also Bob Dylan’s new album Tempest. When I saw my favorite blogger, Gene Veith, was excited about a Dylan album, I bought it right away & love it. Still kicking myself for missing his concert here last year.

Planning: our “handmade” Christmas. This year we are hand making all our ornaments, a advent calendar & maybe a few other things as well.

Thinking about: much. The book 7 has stuck with me, even though I did NOT like the author’s writing style. Basically the theme is we have too much & do too much and I can’t disagree with that. The author focuses on seven areas, each one for a month, and records her journey. When she only ate 7 foods for a month I thought it ridiculous. When she composted, gardened, purged items from the house, and only ate at home for a month I thought “we do that”. But as we plan Christmas and do some shopping I really find myself pausing even more and thinking about what the kids (and I) want/have/need.
I think this is going to be a less-is-more Christmas.

Loving: my quotes journal. (photos from this month below) I started this in April because I wanted to remember so much of Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts, and writing/doodling seems to be the only way I remember things lately. Since April I have written quotes from books (and sometimes blogs) I read each month in this little watercolor notebook & it is now something I treasure. And something I’ve done consistently.

Stressing about: finishing up this semester of our co-op and the concert. As always at this time of year, I’m ready for a break.

Looking forward to: the advent season, St Louis trip this Christmas, hubby’s vacation week!

Reading: Genesis (NIV), Seasons of a Mother’s Heart, & The Casual Vacancy.

Making me happy: looking forward to some of the Christmas plans we have!

Making me thankful:
time with family,
laughing hysterically while playing “The Game of Things“, Grace’s new job (that I know the Lord lined up for her!)





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