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July 2014 Homeschool Blog and Tell #HSBAT: Water Play

 

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Welcome to the July 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.

 

Blog and Tell 2014 @hsbapost

July’s theme is SHOW US YOUR WATER PLAY, so link up and show us your posts about the fun times you’ve had with water play this summer (or last summer or anytime)!

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!

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Summer, and Weird Homeschoolers

 

 

 

Summer #Homeschooling @hsbapost

One of the reasons we love homeschooling is that we’re not locked in to following anyone’s schedule but our own. There’s no timeline, no pressure, no competition other than those we choose to have and engage in.

At no time of year is that more readily apparent than the summer, through to the start of September.

Most families we know aren’t homeschooling. Summer is jam-packed with activities, trips, vacations, rush, rush, rush, cram, cram, cram before school starts back up in September. Indeed, the last few weeks of summer are devoted to gearing everyone up to head back to school. Frantic shopping trips for clothes, shoes, and near hysteria commences in the school supplies section of any store.

My family, meanwhile, just sort of drifts on by.

Lounge chair, cold drink, breeze...

Lounge chair, cold drink, breeze…

I’ve been known, much to Wolf’s confusion and dismay, to participate in the back to school sales. He doesn’t understand why, since we don’t HAVE to be. I point out that the sales are awesome. Hey, if I can get a crate of pencils, two crates of erasers, for $1.99 plus tax, I’m in there! Not that I’ll be able to find a single pencil or eraser a few weeks later, of course. I swear my kids eat them for snack.

Anyways.

We don’t participate in vacations. Not during the summer, or other ‘high’ times of the year. I keep the kids working on school work during the summer, much to a lot of folks horror and dismay. Including Tazzie’s, who thinks that since the other kids get the summer off, so should he.

As I pointed out to him, we do things differently. We school year round. Sure, there are academic benefits to it, not having to dedicate the first few weeks or so to review, to shake the cobwebs out of their brains, shift out of neutral gear and begin ‘clicking’ once again with their school work. One of the biggest benefits, however, has nothing to do with academics.

When the other kids are heading back to school, that’s when we are heading out on vacation. Now, granted, our ‘vacations’ tend to be Wolf taking the kids camping, or day trips to local attractions. With as large a family as we have, with the wide age ranges, that’s about all we can manage, without renting a trailer for gear, or winning the lottery to afford the vacation.

We love being able to head off  and not deal with the crowds of folks on holiday. It has the added bonus of things often being a bit cheaper as well. Campsites are available on a whim, and motel and hotel accommodations are cheaper in the ‘off’ season. Heck, so is plane fare, if we ever have that sort of spending money.

This flexibility is especially important to our family, as Wolf works in an industry that is highly weather dependent. His busy season is the spring and summer months. Fall things slow down dramatically, and then start picking up again when the snow hits. If we were locked into the traditional school schedule, there would be no family trips, day or over night, without having to disrupt the children’s schooling.

So, yes, my poor Minions are working on their school work every morning, even during the summer months. Don’t get me wrong, we still do summer activities, swimming lessons, camping in our yard, hiking on the weekends, heading to the river, bike riding and such. They aren’t locked up in the house, noses pressed against the window, sighing longingly at the other children rampaging through the neighbourhood. (Unless they’re grounded. Tazzie’s been doing a lot of sighing lately.) They have water fights, run through the sprinkler, and slurp back popsicles and splash around in the wading pool.

We just wait until the crowds are gone and things quiet down before heading off to any popular spots, or taking any trips. Cause we’re weird homeschoolers like that.

 

Melissa 'Imp' (3 Posts)

Wife to Wolf, Mom to 5 Minions at home, figuring out living, homeschooling, one handed in a 2 handed world.


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How to Know God’s Will

 

 

 

God's Will

 Guest post by Anne Marie.

As a Bible Teacher, I’ve heard people ask, “I need to make a serious decision! How do I know God’s Will for me?”

Honestly, I’m slightly baffled by this question. I know I used to ask this question myself. And please do not think I’m some theological genius who has studied the scriptures for years and years and I know all the answers. I am far from that! I do not have it all figured out. I’m just a normal mom. But over the years the more I read, the more I learn how God is clear about His will in the Bible.

Let’s look at the scriptures!

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“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:1-2, NIV, italics is mine)

Notice the word “THEN”. I love how God’s word is filled with, what I call, “IF – THEN” statements. They are scattered all throughout God’s word. {Watch for them. They are pretty neat!} These verses only have the “THEN” portion, but if you read carefully, you will see that we have to do something and THEN we can test and approve God’s Will. So what do we have to do?

Be a Living Sacrifice.

Why? How come? Well, you have to back up and go to the last verse of the previous chapter. “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.” (Romans 11:36a) Why do we need to become Living Sacrifices? Because God is God and we are not. All things are for God, which includes you and me. Do you have the mind of God? I think we like to consider our ways before we consider what God has told us in His Word. Yet, He is the One who is mighty and perfect in all things.

Paul is URGING us. He wants us to take this seriously. God is merciful to us, shouldn’t we at least consider what He is wanting from us? He wants Living Sacrifices.

Ok. So if being a Living Sacrifice is what God wants and THEN we know His will, then….How? How do we become Living Sacrifices?

We are to be transformed. How? By the renewing of our minds.

Here’s the next question. Think with me. HOW do we renew our minds? Look at Romans 12:3 (NIV).

Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment.”

Here are 6 ways to help you determine God’s Will for your life:

1) Understand that God is opposed to the proud. I struggle with this daily. And I know “Pride goeth before a fall!” But choosing to be humble can be hard for a strong-willed person like me. Perhaps you struggle with that as well. James tells us, God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Are you prideful? Are you expecting God to do something for you? He does not owe us anything. [See Romans 11:36 again.]

2) Understand that you might have wrong motives in your quest. It is possible that you do not know how to make a particular decision and “know God’s will” because your motives are not pure. Search your heart! You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. (James 4:2-3, NIV)

3) Be Thankful. This is an easy one. I don’t say that because it is easy to be thankful in all situations, even though that is what God expects from us, but that the scripture is black and white on this issue. Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV)

4) Be Sanctified. “Sanctified” has become a churchy word. Basically it means to be set apart for a specific use. A pair of prescription eyeglasses are sanctified to help a specific person see better. This is another black and white section of scripture. It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God.” (1 Thessalonians 4:3-6, NIV) How are we to be sanctified? We have to control our bodies and not be like those who do not know God. He has a specific purpose for us.

5) Do Good. I have always held to the belief that if a person is not dead, then God has a work for him to do. God doesn’t like it when people sit in pews and do no good. {Again, this is another black and white statement!} Peter tells us, For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people.” (1 Peter 2:15, NIV) If you are doing good things in the name of Jesus, then people cannot argue against you. They cannot slander your name. They might try to, but in the end they will be seen as fools.

6) Read and Obey the scriptures. This seems like something everyone should know to do, but do we REALLY do this? We might read the scriptures, but do we then OBEY them? Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. (James 1:22, NIV) Do you want to know what God’s will is? Do you REALLY want to know? Do you have a heart like David’s?

“I desire to do your will, my God;
your law is within my heart.” ~ Psalm 40:8, NIV

Is God’s law within your heart? Do I have God’s law in MY heart?

Think of yourself with sober judgement, my friend. Perhaps we, no I, need to spend more time reading and praying than making decisions in my own understanding.

God does not hide. He wants to commune with us and walk with us throughout each decision we make, large or small. He loves you and wants what is best for you and your family. God is mighty, holy, and just. And He is good. The Lord is on your side.

“He made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ.” (Ephesians 1:9, NIV)

Be a Living Sacrifice. You know what that boils down to?

Surrender.

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Total Surrender to Jesus. It means telling Jesus, “I am not in charge. My plans equal nothing. Your plans are everything.”

Be humble.
Have a pure heart.
Be thankful in all things.
Control yourself and be honorable.
Do good works.
Read and obey your Bible.

THEN you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

What do you need to surrender, or begin, to discern God’s will?

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businesscardheadshotAnne Marie is an Austenite and the author of the blog Future.Flying.Saucers. She is a southern belle who is married to her Mr. Darcy. They have three of the silliest children in South Carolina. Anne Marie has a passion for Bible study and teaching the Word to adults and children. On Wednesday nights you will find her teaching Biblical concepts to Awana clubs at her church. All of her Awana and Bible lessons can be found for FREE on her blog. You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.

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