Announcing: The Book Club! (Invitation, Schedule, and First Book)

As you know, I am hosting a study of The Life Giving Home by Sally and Sarah Clarkson both here on the blog and in a Facebook group. Starting in February I am also officially kicking off my book club. We will study one book every two months focusing on the themes of motherhood, marriage, and homemaking. It will take place in the same Facebook group as The Life Giving Home discussion. You can choose to participate in as many or few of the studies as suits you.

Motherhood, Homemaking, and marriage book club February and March book A Woman's High Calling by Elizabeth George

The goal of this book club is to study good books by Christian women whose writings are scripturally based in order to gain new insights and ideas to improve in our various roles as women of God. We are discussing them together in order to challenge, inspire, encourage, and hold each other accountable.

I agonized for a while on which books to include and how to pace the studies. I finally settled on two months per book as the right amount of time to study a good number of book and not get overwhelmed. I have a long and ever-growing list of books that would fit the goals for this group and it was quite difficult to narrow it to five for 2018. I don’t have anything scheduled for December because that is a very busy month for most people but we can always decide to add something in as the year progresses.

Here are my selections and schedule for 2018:

February and March: A Woman’s High Calling by Elizabeth George

April and May: Lies Moms Believe and how the Gospel Refutes Them by Rebekah Hargraves (physical book and study guide will be released March 30 so we will begin the second week of Aprilcheck out my review of this one.) 

June and July: Blessing Your Husband by Debra Evans

August and September: The Life Giving Table by Sally Clarkson (and The Life Giving Table Experience study guide) 

October and November: Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch

I will also occasionally reference A Gracious Space by Julie Bogart (of Brave Writer). This series of books, which are tailored to each season of the year, have wonderful, short, uplifting entries to provide encouragement and inspiration for a mom’s soul. I don’t read mine every day but pick it up when I need a quick bit of refreshment. When I do and find something I think will uplift others I will share that in the book club. Feel free to get your own copy and share what stands out to you.

 

 

A bit about our first book: A Woman’s High Calling by Elizabeth George

I have not yet read this book; I will be reading it along with everyone else but want to give you a brief synopsis of what it is about. In this book, Elizabeth George suggests that there are ten essential areas that every woman should be focused on. She believes focusing on these will help to simplify life, bring you closer to God, and lead to a more fulfilling life. The ten areas she believes are most important are; wisdom, Godly speech, love of husband, love of children, ministry to others, purity, personal discipline, goodness, Godly behavior, and love of home. The book contains two chapters for each of these essentials. The first explains what it means and why it is important and the second gives practical tips on how to put it into practice in your own life.

I have the older version of this book. I am getting the study guide so that we can use that as well. The newer version (linked above) has the study guide included within the book.

Schedule for A Woman’s High Calling:

  • Feb 4-10  Introductions and Chapters 1-2
  • Feb 11-17 Chapters 3-5
  • Feb 18-24 Chapters 6-8
  • Feb 25- March 3 Chapters 9-11
  • March 4-10 Chapters 12-14
  • March 11-17 Chapters 15-17
  • March 18-24 Chapters 18-20
  • March 25-31 Wrap up and further discussion

This schedule is when I will post discussion questions and thoughts about each chapter. You are welcome to participate in each discussion as you are able. The threads won’t close or disappear so if you join later or get behind just jump in when you can.

Motherhood, Homemaking, and marriage book club February and March book A Woman's High Calling by Elizabeth George

Lies Moms Believe will begin in April. Since the physical book and study guide don’t release until March 30th, we will not begin discussing the chapters until April 8th but may do some introductions the first week in April. Plan to order your copy asap or get the digital copy!

*Note: It is likely we will not all agree with everything in all of these book selections. These are books written by flawed humans just like us. We are reading and discussing with the intent of learning and growing but should always measure everything against scripture ourselves and discern through our own reading and prayer if what the author says is in line with God’s word. Kind, healthy, peaceful debate is welcome in the book club. Feel free to question something and bring it up in the discussion, just keep that discussion respectful and considerate. 

Join us in the Facebook Book Club Group!

Book club study announcements and schedules will be posted here on the blog. I will also post a review of the books we study when the study is completed but most of the actual discussion will happen in the book club Facebook group. 

Overhauling Our Homeschool – Adjusting our “How” to fit our “Why”

 

This post is part of the 2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair hosted by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds. You can see the list of my posts for the 2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair here

 

2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair introduction

 

WEEK 2: How We Homeschool

Please see the bottom of the post for a list of all the Week Two Virtual Homeschool Fair Posts. 

 

2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair Week 2: How we homeschool; Overhauling our Homeschool

 

Last week I shared our reasons for homeschooling but there is one reason which is also our main goal that I did not share.

To teach our children how to learn, to instill a love of learning, and to create a lifestyle of learning. 

Over the last year or so our methods of homeschooling have not been serving this goal so we are currently in the process of changing our methods to match the goal. One thing I have learned about homeschooling is that you can’t be too committed to one way of doing things. You must be able to adjust when the methods don’t serve the mission.

For the last seven years we have been using a very classical method of schooling and for the most part, it was working well. Lately, I’ve noticed that it is no longer working for certain children and is causing undue stress in the family. So we are switching things up and taking a much more relaxed approach. (There is nothing wrong with the method itself it just isn’t a good fit for our family in our current phase.)

I have found that there isn’t a specific method that quite fits my personal vision for my homeschool. There are several that come close:

Unschooling……..Delight Directed…….Life Schooling…….Interest Led…….

So I’m piecing together my own method based on our goals and vision. I am drawing inspiration and ideas from many resources and hacking together my own method. Next week, we will talk more about some of the specific curricula and resources I’m using, but today I’m just going to address the method in general.

Here are some of the ideas and inspiration I’m using to create our new schooling method:

 

Hackschooling:

I love this kid! He is wise beyond his years! 

 

Leadership Education:

 

These two books are basically the starting point for what is called Thomas Jefferson Education or Leadership Education. You can also find lots of great resources on the TJed website and their Facebook group is a wonderful place for ideas and support! I am planning to use many (probably most) of the ideas they present in my schooling.

 

Unschooling:

I just bought this book and am enjoying it so far! I am only a couple chapters in. So far it is more about the why than the how but regardless it is encouraging and inspirational.

 

Charlotte Mason:

While I plan to be more relaxed than a true Charlotte Mason follower, I love her emphasis on reading good literature and will be incorporating nature journaling and some of her other ideas into my homeschool. Ambleside Online is an amazing (free) resource for all things Charlotte Mason. You can use it as your entire curriculum or draw what you want and leave the rest.

 

Other Resources:

Here are just a few other resources I’m using as I pray and plan how our homeschool should function to best meet our goals:

Lifeschooling Conference – this is a live conference in North Carolina that sounds very much like what I want to implement in my family. I can’t go to North Carolina in the foreseeable future but they do offer the digital recordings on their website for the 2016 and 2017 conferences. I’m currently working my way through the 2017 recordings (then I will go back and watch the 2016 videos).

 

 <Excellent book for ALL homeschool moms regardless of what method you use or theory you subscribe to!

 

 

 What can I say? I love everything by the Clarksons and this one happens to have lots of tips and advice that fit my vision!>

 

 

 

 

 

2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair Week 2: How we homeschool; Overhauling our Homeschool

 

 

So, I don’t have a specific method to tell you about. It is sort of unschooling, sort of delight directed, and heavily influenced by Leadership Education. If you are yearning for more freedom in your homeschool and more time for your kids to explore and learn naturally rather than through prescribed curriculum and workbooks perhaps these resources will give you a place to start.

 

Click here to see a list of all of my posts in the 2018 Virtual Homeschool Conference. 

 

 

 

What do my fellow homeschool bloggers have to say about their Homeschool Method? Go visit them to find out!

Note: all posts will be live after 8 am EST on Monday, Jan. 15th.

How Our Academic Co-op Completes Our Eclectic Homeschool by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

A Method to Our Madness by Michele @ Family, Faith and Fridays

Finding Our Homeschool Method by Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool

How We Homeschool by Amanda @ Hopkins Homeschool

Give Us…. by Annette @ A Net in Time

A day in our Home by Sarah@DeliveringGrace

Lit-Based Education: How We Homeschool by Debra @ Footprints in the Butter

Overhauling Our Homeschool – Adjusting our “How” to fit our “Why” by Sabrina Scheerer @ Kids, Crunch, and Christ

A Day in the Life of a Homeschooler: Expectation Vs. Reality by Leah @ As We Walk Along the Road

How Charlotte Mason Transformed Our Homeschool by Brittney @ Mom’s Heart

Captain’s Log, Supplemental – Our Homeschool Days by Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break

How we get it done. by Kim @ Good Sweet Love

How to Organize Daily Curriculum with the School Cart by Jeniffer @ Thou Shall Not Whine

Learning For LIfe by Lori H @ At Home: where life happens

Eclectic Homeschooling: When It All Comes Together by Jen @ A Helping Hand Homeschool

A Typical Day? by Lizzy @ Peaches@Home

This is the Way We Do Our School, So Early in the Morning by Laura @ Four Little Penguins

A Little of This and a Little of That: Eclectic Homeschooling by Laura O @ Day by Day in Our World

Still Classically Educating After All These Years by True North Homeschool Academy

So what exactly is Life Led Homeschooling? by Dana @ Life Led Homeschool

The way we learn ~ 2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair by Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning

Our Homeschool Routine by Joelle @Homeschooling For His Glory

Homeschool Methods ñ 8 Tips for the Journey by Kristen @ Sunrise to Sunset

Journaling Through The Bible in 2018 – Week 2

I am reading and journaling chronologically through the Bible in 2018. Each Sunday I will post one of my journaling pages and thoughts from that week’s reading. There are several ways for you to participate see below for details!

You may also want to check out my journaling from this week last year!

 

I am reading and journaling through the entire Bible in Chronological order in 2018, join me for this Bible reading and journaling Challenge!

 

 

The Reading:

This week I was in the story of Jacob. His family is just full of drama. I’ve never really understood a lot of this story, I think there are some cultural elements that I would need to be familiar with for it to really make sense. First you have Isaac and Rebekah picking favorites, then you have Esau selling his birthright for a bowl of stew (really? I hope it was good stew!). Then Rebekah is encouraging Jacob to decieve his father even though there doesn’t seem to be any other issues in their relationship.

All of this leads to a broken relationship between the brothers causing Jacob to need to flea for his life. But he doesn’t escape the drama. He is tricked into marrying the wrong sister, then ends up married to both sisters with lots of drama between them and is continually tricked and cheated by his uncle.

Amazingly once he leaves his uncle and returns home he is welcomed home by his brother. God must have intervened with Esau to result in his forgiveness toward his brother.

 

 

The Journaling:

I wanted to try out my new Slicci pens so I chose a pre-printed page with block letters to color in. The new pens are finer tipped than my Metallic Slicci pens so they feel a bit different but I really like them. They are smooth and bold. I also realized I should probably start dating my journaling.

I have discovered a new Bible Journaling resource I thought you might be interested in; Bible Journaling Ministries. They offer a free beginner class as well as paid classes, a membership, and lots of printable journaling aids. I went ahead and joined the membership because it includes access to everything they produce. I haven’t had a chance to dig too much into it yet but am really looking forward to taking the classes. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks I will have some art work using one of their products or classes to share with you! In the meantime check it out, the monthly membership is very affordable. (I’m not an affiliate or anything I just think it’s a great resource!)

 

 

I am reading and journaling through the entire Bible in Chronological order in 2018, join me for this Bible reading and journaling Challenge!

 

What I used for this entry:

Loew-Cornell watercolor pencils
Pentel Slicci Pens
Pentel Oil Pastels
Sargent Art Watercolor Pencils
in the One Year Chronological Expressions Bible

 

Scripture Writing:

Part of my study this year includes writing out scriptures on certain subjects. They are women and marriage; children, family, and behavior; and feelings and the character of God. I keep these in three different sections of a multi-subject notebook. I share the scriptures I find in the facebook group, join me there to follow along!

 

Your Turn:

I am reading and journaling through the entire Bible in Chronological order in 2018, join me for this Bible reading and journaling Challenge!

 

There are many ways you can participate in my reading and journaling through the Bible challenge this year:

*Follow the board then send me a message with your Pinterest profile and ask me to add you as a contributor*

 

Last week we had my regular linkup participants Dani and Peabea! They are both amazing artists and you should definitely check out their work. I also want to welcome two new participants on the linkup, Annette from A Net In Time and Margaret from Creative Madness Mama! Make sure to check out all fo their posts!

 

Linkup:

Are you reading and/or journaling through the Bible this year? OR do you have a blog post about Bible journaling? Join my link up by linking up your post about reading through the Bible in 2017 or any post about Bible journaling.

 

Linky Rules:

  • Link up any post from your blog relating to Bible Reading OR Bible Journaling (this includes posts with ideas that can be used for Bible Journaling).
  • Please do not link a post you have previously linked in the Journaling Through The Bible linkup.
  • If you link up you are giving me permission to use an image from your post in next week’s linkup post if I choose to feature your entry.
  • Please copy and paste the linkup button code in your blog post or sidebar so others know about this linkup.
  • Please visit other’s posts!

 

Kids, Crunch, and Christ Journal Through The Bible



 

Update:

The year is starting out very well for us. We are working towards our new daily routine and school routines. I’m changing up our approach to school (somthing I’ll share more about on Monday).  My OCC team is growing and I see God moving in that! I’m working on getting into a good blogging routine and have many ideas for additions and improvements to this blog I hope to work on through the year.

 

 

This post is linked up to Scripture and a Snapshot at Glimpses of Our Life and Sunday Scripture Blessings at Peabea ScribblesInspire Me Monday at Create With Joy, and the weekly Homeschool Review Crew Linkup
Scripture and Snapshot                                                 

 

SchoolhouseTeachers.com Review – New Features! and a SPECIAL

I shared last January a bit about all of the amazing classes and content included in a SchoolhouseTeachers.com Yearly Membership. Throughout 2017 SchoolhouseTeachers added TONS of new classes and they are currently running an AMAZING sale so I thought it was time for an update.

High-quality, Self-paced, Online Homeschool Resources {SchoolhouseTeachers.com}

I have been a member and a teacher (Kindergarten Social Studies) of SchoolhouseTeachers.com for two years but have really only dabbled with the classes for my kids. You can see some of what we have tried here. About a month ago my husband and I made a decision to significantly change up how we are doing school. Part of that decision means we will be utilizing SchoolhouseTeachers as our main source of curriculum. With over 360 courses including almost any high school course you need, there really isn’t a need for any additional curriculum. I’m a bit of a curriculum junky so I will probably purchase additional resources but will draw from SchoolhouseTeachers as our main source and will ALWAYS check what they offer first.

SchoolhouseTeachers.com is a membership website; the incredibly affordable Yearly Membership gives you access to everything they offer for your entire family. No need to buy a membership for each person! This is awesome for those of us with large families but still affordable for smaller families as well! Every class is self-paced and most do not require the purchase of any additional material!

In addition to specific classes, they have parent and student planners, a schedule builder, record keeping service, a parent ebook library, SchoolhouseEXPO videos, a monthly menu and more! Here are more details about some of the awesome features on the website:

World Book

SchoolhouseTeachers now offers membership to several World Book libraries at no extra cost to its members! This is an amazing resource and amazing value. You will find articles, videos, games, research tools, lesson plans and more for every age group!

Video Library

SchoolhouseTeachers.com membership also includes a membership to RightNow Media! This video library is full of educational, entertaining, and spiritually uplifting videos from a variety of sources. Some of these videos are used as course components but can also be watched just for fun.

Molly Green

Content from Molly Green has been rolled into SchoolhouseTeachers.com. In this section, you will find all of the digital issues of the magazine, ebooks, guides and more! Molly Green is a resource for everything HOME: HOMEkeeping, HOMEschooling, HOMEindustry, and HOMEsteading and now this is all included in your SchoolhouseTeachers membership!

Focused Learning Center

In this area of the website, you will find collections to help you with specific subjects or areas of concern. Maybe you have a child who needs additional help with math or maybe you have a child preparing for college and would like some guidance on how to go about that. You will find it in the Focused Learning Centers. You will also find the Preschool Playground, resources for homeschooling special needs, information on Charlotte Mason Homeschooling and a Hands-On Learning Center.

My oldest is enjoying the Career Center for finding classes that fit her future goals. She hopes to be a Veterinarian but is also interested in Photography, Graphic Design, and Film Making, all of which are included in the Career Center.

This is really just the tip of the iceberg! A SchoolhouseTeachers.com Yearly Membership gives you more than I could possibly list in one blog post for an amazingly reasonable price. I didn’t even touch on the over 360 classes that span Pre-K through High School. Classes include outlines, lesson plans, videos, printables, and certificates of completion. You can bookmark classes you are interested in and even make bookmark lists for each child to easily access the courses they are working on.

Tip: It can be a little overwhelming when you first start looking for classes on SchoolhouseTeachers. I printed out the Course Checklist under Planning and highlighted the classes I wanted my kids to take. This might make the planning a little less overwhelming for you. The printable list is organized by subject but you can also search classes by grade on the website.

Right now, through January 31st new members can get an amazing deal! This is the lowest price of the year so sign up now!

Schoolhouse Teachers 2018 Fresh Start New Years Speical
 

Homeschool Curriculum for Everybody - {SchoolhouseTeachers.com Reviews}
 

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