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Encouragement for Homeschool Moms Giveaway Bundle!


Could you use a little encouragement in your daily duties as a homeschool mom? I know I could. We don’t do what we do for awards or acknowledgement, but we need a chance to refuel our own spirits in order to keep on giving to our families.

A Journey through Learning wants to encourage homeschool moms so they’re hosting this giveaway to do just that. Not only are they our favorite source for lapbooks, they were founded by two homeschool moms who understand what it’s like to be in the trenches of teaching and mothering every day.

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We are firm believers that the best way for a homeschool mom to stay on track – is for a homeschool mom to stay close to Jesus. A daily walk with the Lord can make all the difference in the tone of your home and homeschool.

On that note . . . this giveaway is all about encouraging and lifting up the homeschool mom and supporting a close walk with the Savior.

Giveaway items in this lovely package include:

The ESV Journaling Bible – (Value $38)


The ESV Journaling Bible provides the perfect way for you to keep a journal of your spiritual life right inside the Bible that you read and study each day. With covers and formats that look like the finest journals, the Journaling Bible features two-inch ruled margins for writing observations, reflections, prayers, praises, notes, and journal entries.

  • Black letter text
  • Double-column
  • Paragraph format
  • Cream-colored paper
  • 2″ ruled margins
  • One-Year Bible Reading Plan
  • Introductions and section headings for each Bible book

Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens 10 color Pack (value $15)

You’ll need some pretty pens to go along with your new Journible . . . so we thought this lovely set would be a nice addition.



HEART of Worship – CD

Praise Music to open your heart for time with the Lord (value $8)

Bible Study – WORD

Get to know God through His Word and fall in love with Him again … or for the first time. Lyn Smith has put together this brand new- life changing – heart filling study of God’s living Word. (value $12) WORD - Ps 119

Tea/coffee Mug – (value $11)

Joyful Blessings bone china mug with a sky blue background and a decal design and message – Zephaniah 3:17


Harney & SonsTea Sachet collection in tin (value $9)

20 tea sachets in decorative tin – Chamomile Herbal tea

Prayer for New Brides: Putting on God’s Armor After the Wedding Dress

This book encourages women newly married or otherwise to:

– Learn biblical truths about marriage, the spiritual battle, and prayer
– Pray in agreement with God’s will for her marriage
– Activate these truths in her life through study, journaling, and intentional conversations with her husband and other wives.

eBook ($9.99 value)

This giveaway is especially for a homeschool Mom – but we want to be sure to treat her with new curriculum for the kids too!

1. Enjoy the Spring Lapbook with Study Guide (download)- stand alone study with everything all about spring! What is Spring? How Do We Know When Spring Has Arrived?, Spring Holidays, Spring Babies, Spring Equinox & more

2. Wildlife Adventures Unit Study: Bald Eagles- with bible, spelling, vocabulary, science, history, geography & more! (Icons of Washington DC – included in the fun unit study)

AJTL Giveaway - Spring Lapbook Bald Eagles Unit Study



Grateful Journal – by Ben & Me: log the things you are grateful for daily, month by month

Praying the Scriptures for Your Family – by Candace Crabtree: learn how to pray the Word for your family

Sand Dollar Writing Prompts & Writing Practice for all Ages – by Kelli Becton



1 Winner – Giveaway ends March 5 at 12 a.m. – Must be U.S. Residents to enter – by entering, you give consent to be contacted via email by AJTL and other contributing companies.

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Sara (50 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.

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Laying a New Foundation for Your Homeschool


Love of Learning

What does that phrase mean to you? When I began homeschooling, I figured my children would naturally love to learn. I would not need to teach them how to do this. Instead, my goal was to fill their minds with as much knowledge as I could possibly pour upon them. My experiences as a public school student and teacher taught me that children could easily make it from K-12 and beyond attaining titles such as “top of their class” without truly learning anything more than how to study, memorize, and regurgitate facts. I was one of those types of kids and I definitely wanted my children to get more than this from their education.

Laying a New Foundation for Your Homeschool @hsbapost

Determined to set a full plate before them, I scoured over homeschooling magazines, catalogs, and websites and purchased more books and curricula in those first couple of years than I have the last six combined. It soon became apparent that we would need to add extra hours to our day in order to finish all of the prescribed scopes and sequences. With schedules and assignment sheets in hand, we began to plow our way through our curricula. Now, obviously, we hit a few bumps in the road. Who doesn’t? During those years though, all skeptical eyes were upon us from family to friends to the local social worker that paid regular visits to our home (we were fostering at the time). All bumps were neatly swept under the rug and we kept right on plowing. From the outside looking in and according to the standardized tests, everything was great.

The Problem

Eventually though, the pace and the bumps began to wear on me and I became restless about our homeschooling. The kids, on the other hand, had adjusted fairly well. They had grown accustomed to the long hours, the lack of playtime, and mom’s perfectionist tendencies. However, when I finally took stock one day in what we were doing, I realized that instead of helping my children to rise above my own educational background, I had trained them to be just like me. They were pros at marking off their little check boxes, filling in the blanks, and regurgitating information in nice little prepackaged amounts. Additionally, they had sacrificed their own interests and desires so much to this point that they really did not know how to “just be a kid”.

This was not what homeschooling was supposed to be like for our family! What happened? In retrospect, I know that my mistake was not in having high aspirations nor was it my perfectionist tendencies or the pressure from our skeptical audience. The problem was I began building my children’s education without first laying a proper foundation. I continued to add layer upon layer to our educational structure with the goal to build it as tall as possible. Therefore, when the building became too heavy and burdensome, it all came crashing down without much more than the materials to show for all of the labor. This is the point where those in my situation begin selling off all of the “materials” in exchange for new ones thinking that will somehow fix the problem. Instead, we should focus our time and attention on laying that proper foundation.

Developing a Homeschool Philosophy

So how does one go about this? First, give yourself permission to break whatever mold your family is currently conforming to and let go of whatever is entangling you. (Unfortunately, it took me about three years to really do this and to let go.) Then, invest some time to research “homeschooling philosophy” online or at the library and begin writing your own philosophy of education. This will be your foundation. Seek ideas that will preserve the unique personalities, desires, and interests of your children as well as remain true to your family’s vision. Define what “love of learning” means to you. Weave this into your foundation. You may find that your philosophy is a hodgepodge of some of the popular homeschooling philosophies floating around out there. Perfect! Take the best points from those that really mesh with your family and make it your own. Having defined this for my family has freed me from my own misconceptions about education as well those from outside sources and “experts”. It has freed my children to be kids again, opening the doors of discovery and ushering in a true love of learning that will build larger storehouses of information and wisdom than I could have ever hoped of building!

(Reprinted with permission from Debra Reed,

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What’s A Mother To Do?


Mothers need Encouragement & Continued Growth: Why It Matters that Homeschool Moms Take Time for Themselves @hsbapost

It is written somewhere, “A mother is only a woman, but she needs the love of Jacob, the patience of Job, the wisdom of Moses, the foresight of Joseph, and the firmness of Daniel.” But a mother has not only to have all these things; she must have them all at once, often when she is quite young, and too often when she has had no previous training of any kind of the marvellously varied duties she has to perform. ~Parents’ Review, Mother Culture

I’m not there now but I was: The baby cries- maybe she’s teething, or maybe he is sick; the toddler wants food now; the dishes -wait, didn’t you just do those?- are piling up on the counters; school has to be done at least one day in the week; the laundry has become Mt. Laundris; and at some point dinner plans have to be at least thought about. Then Mr. Wonderful comes home and asks you how your day has been.

Or when the kids are older it looks more like this: Older sister has to get to her job by 10 am; Baby brother has sports practice at 10 am; Hubby needs his dry cleaning picked up and prescriptions filled today; and grocery shopping- did the list even get made?- is a must or it’s pizza delivery again. And Mt. Laundris is still there, but piles up even faster because the clothes are bigger!

Before she marries, she pictures to herself little of the extreme difficulties of managing that most complicated of machines, a household — not for one week only, during her mother’s absence, but for year after year, without stop or stay, for the rest of her time……The center of it all is one little woman — wife, mother, mistress all in one! Then it is that she gets overdone. Then it is that she wears herself out. Then it is that, in her efforts to be ideal wife, mother, and mistress, she forgets that she is herself. Then it is, in fact, that she stops growing. ~Parents’ Review, Mother Culture

The theme this month at The Homeschool Post is balancing marriage, parenting, and homeschooling. In this post, I’d like to carve out of that the bit about a Mother. For the most part, in a traditional setting, none of those three things exist without the mother. While a ragged mother is still a mother, that’s not the kind she wishes to be, to be sure! And a ragged mother will not bring balance to a home.

Mothers need rest and refreshment. What that looks like will be different for each mother. Physical rest is nice, yes; but I mean rest from the everyday, from the mundane. (Mundane in this instance means of this earthly world, not necessarily boring!) Refreshment is also different for different mothers. Some need companionship to be refreshed; others crave quiet and solitude to recharge.

For the weary mother who just wants some help getting things together, get it under control, there are quite a few posts here that touch on this: Encouragement (love the first post on 5 gifts for under $5 for Mom and Filled with Gratitude!).

How about the mothers that feel they are ‘just a mother’?

Is there not some need for “mother culture”? But how is the state of things to be altered? So many mothers say, “I simply have no time for myself!” “I never read a book!” Or else, “I don’t think it is right to think of myself!” They not only starve their minds, but they do it deliberately, and with a sense of self-sacrifice which seems to supply ample justification. ~Parents’ Review, Mother Culture

What’s to be done? 

The only way to do it is to be so strongly impressed with the necessity for growing herself that she herself makes it a real object in life. She can only rarely be helped from the outside. The resolute planting of Miss Three-years-old in her chair at one end of the table with her toys, of Master Five-years-old at the other with his occupations, and fascinating Master Baby on the rug on the floor with his ring and his ball–the decided announcement, “Now mother is going to be busy”–will do those young people a world of good! Though some of their charms will be missed, they will gain respect from mother’s time, and some self-reliance into the bargain, while mother’s tired back gets a rest, if only for a short time, either on the sofa or flat upon the floor. ~Parents’ Review, Mother Culture

Learn something that you want to learn! Learn to crochet, or knit. Read a title that you’ve often heard about but could never take the time to read. Learn a second language. Begin keeping notebooks of observations of the world around. Watch a documentary about a place you’ve wanted to travel.

That is the secret; always have something “going” to grow by. If we mothers were all “growing” there would be less going astray among our boys, less separation in mind from our girls. ~Parents’ Review, Mother Culture

Some places around the web that can help you see why it is so important and possibly find things that you would like to do to help continue growing:

Strong Haven: A Mother’s Feast Link-Up

Afterthoughts: It’s Not Selfish

Simply Convivial: What Is Schole?

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Blossom- "North Laurel" to the online world- lives in Ohio with her husband and two teens, homeschooling the Charlotte Mason way with Ambleside Online. She is graciously allowed to be a moderator for the Ambleside Online Forum. North Laurel loves to read, be on the computer, and learn. You can read her blogging about homeschooling, book reviews and life in general at North Laurel Home & School.

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