Homeschool Blog and Tell #HSBAT: Celebrating Christmas!

 

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Welcome to the December Edition of the Homeschool Blog and Tell Linkup!

This is our monthly link-up that allows you to show off what is going on in your homeschool!

Each month has a different theme.

#Homeschool Blog and Tell #hsbat

December’s theme is CHRISTMAS, so link up and show us your posts about how you homeschool around the holidays, your best Christmas crafts, your Christmas traditions, or anything related to Christmas!

Through the end of this month, link up your post and we’ll share it with our readers.

So, show us what you got!

Now for a few guidelines: (I know…no one likes a lot of rules, so there are not many.)

  • Please direct your link to a certain post NOT your home page. We have the right to delete your link if this is not followed.
  • Use a least one photo in your post. We want to SEE what you have done!
  • Link your specific post to The Homeschool Post. (Again, we have the right to delete your link if this is not followed.)
  • These can be OLDER posts. We are okay with that – we want to bring new readers to your blog!

If you have ANY questions, please feel free to ask! We are here for ALL homeschoolers and truly want to bless you guys!

If you are on Twitter, Google+, or even Instagram please use the hashtag: #HSBAT.

 



 

 

 
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Sara (41 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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Incorporating Faith in a Dynamic Homeschool

 

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From what I understand, early American homeschool pioneers, some 35 years ago, were just about 100% all devoted Christians.

Nowadays, research suggests that around 40% of homeschooling families fall into that category. Of course this is a good thing from the standpoint of homeschooling Christians as it gives them more political protection, theoretically anyway.

While the percentages are down, there are certainly many families nowadays whose initial decision to home educate has been rooted in their faith whether it’s Christianity, Islam, Judaism, or some other creed that I am going to offend via omission.

But there are also families like mine, I suppose, who didn’t start out with such intentions but adopted them later on.

As we can all attest to, marriage is certainly a “game-changer”.

Having kids also changes the game.

But as big, and as life-altering as those events are, once parents accept full responsibility for raising and educating their own….well, it’s provokes yet another, even higher-ordered transformation.

You see while I was researching and contemplating how to educate my babies….I was actually homeschooling myself!

I was writing and reading prolifically. Notably, I read the Bible cover-to-cover for the first time – except I was 35 years old!

Homeschooling myself informed me on how to homeschool my kids. A major benefit of this process was that I got to share what I was learning too.

After all, I didn’t want my kids to get the “late start” in many areas that I had. Faith certainly fell into this category, and probably sits prominently at the top of it.

We aren’t saints by any stretch here. Our faith incorporation is still very much a work in progress, but here are some of the things we do at present:

Another thing we do is make a concerted effort to associate with Holier Than Thou people – meaning with families who are more faithful, more self-sacrificial, and generally have their priorities in order. The hope is that they will inspire us by osmosis.

A couple years ago, my 6 year old daughter said to me, “Dad, how come you don’t read your Bible any more?”

She was right; I was slacking off a bit.

But the takeaway, the eye-opener for me, was learning how acutely aware my kids are of what I do.

Parents are always telling me that they “…could never do what I do” because they “could never teach” their kids.

But what they fail to understand is that ALL PARENTS TEACH their kids….by the living example they set.

 

 

Dan (5 Posts)

Husband to Inez. Father of John and Christine. Homeschool Coach, Accelerated Math Teacher. Former derivatives trader and future scratch golfer! Follow our learning adventures at HomeschoolDad.com.


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Sponsor Thank You: Usborne Books and More

The Homeschool Blog Awards wouldn’t be possible without our great sponsors, so we want to take some time to thank them!  Please remember to visit their website and social media links to show your appreciation.

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Usborne Books and More has been a well-known name among homeschoolers for years.  Several curriculum plans, including Sonlight, use Usborne Books as part of their lessons.  There are encyclopedias, learning wrap-ups, math, science, history, and See Inside books that offer high-interest, quality content, and even Internet linked for further study.

 

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They have all types of books for all ages — from board books to flash cards to phonics readers to chapter books.  If your kids like pirates, princesses, animals, trains, dinosaurs, and more, you’ll find books that they will love.

Kids Love Usborne Books is generously donating a copy of the internet-linked First Encyclopedia of the Human Body to one of our winners.

 

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Sara (41 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.


***See the Light Christmas special for HOMESCHOOL POST readers: 25% off BIBLE STORIES 5 DVD Boxed set + FREE SHIPPING. Over 17 hours of content including 15 stories and 15 complete step-by-step art lessons. Code to use: HSP http://www.seethelightshine.com/store/bible-stories.html
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