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Homeschooling for Jesus

March 24, 2022

Put a New Wind in Your Sail!

Attend a Homeschool Convention


Attending a homeschool convention can be exhilarating! Where else can you share the excitement and energy with hundreds of people who share the same conviction and passion to home educate their children? We can rest in God’s promise that He who began this good work will be faithful to complete it!



With the arrival of spring, victory is in the air! You’ve almost made it another year across the homeschool finish line. You can now rest assured that homeschooling works! 

Statistics prove homeschooled children score higher on tests, are less peer dependent, become better leaders and are more solid in their faith. But at the end of the school year you may feel like you've just run a marathon.  How can homeschooling parents keep going for the distance?



Attend a homeschool convention! Looking back on the school year, there may have been a few glitches and getting to your state homeschool convention can help you find ways to side step them next year. 



 In my homeschooling days I couldn’t wait to comb through the newest curriculum and find ways to make things run smoother. And if you’re like me, I remember being tired. I needed to hear how to work smarter and not harder the following year. 



I knew this homeschool calling was greater than myself, and if I were to succeed I would need the support of those who felt this same passion.  That’s where state and local conventions shine.

As each year goes by we grow in confidence as homeschool parents. This year you may feel more relaxed and less guilty only using parts of a curriculum. This year you may realize that molding a clay pyramid was more efficient than reading a textbook about one.



No matter if you have a Classical or Charlotte Mason approach to learning everyone can benefit from the myriads of resources conventions offer. Special speakers share from the heart  and we get to view the latest curriculum. 


Homeschool conventions offer field tested and time saving teaching techniques. Workshops offer answers to puzzling questions, scheduling problems and how to teach multi-levels. They show us how to navigate the choppy waters of disapproving grandparents and the challenges of teaching special needs children.



Many conventions host fabulous tracks for teens, encouraging their beliefs, equipping them to defend their faith, and how to enjoy God honoring relationships. 



 Children’s Conferences run side by side many homeschool conferences offering kids a Vacation Bible School flavor to inspire them to cultivate their relationship with Jesus though music, drama and Bible games.


Tips to get the most from your Homeschool Conference:

Be well prepared-Read over the brochure carefully and chart your course! Which workshops will you attend? Do they permit carts? Serve lunches? Include children?

Take breaks and wear comfortable shoes. Conferences are like marathons. It’s a 72 hour non-stop inspiration and information blitz. They will help you go the distance.



Take your husband with you! There is no better way to keep you both on the same page. He will glean a plethora of ways to participate and be supportive.



Make a list of books you want to purchase and know your budget. If you’re like me the very smell of book ink makes me giddy so if you have a list in front of you, it helps you stay more focused. Try visiting the vendor hall in several shorter spurts rather than of one huge chunk to avoid being overwhelmed.



Take advantage of parcel check ins-this helps avoid carting around the mountain of books and fun supplies you will purchase. It also saves your arms and back!



Attend the workshops-This is the greatest opportunity to sit under seasoned veterans, excellent teachers, ask questions, discover new planning tools and sanity savers! You may not be able to go to all the ones you want so why not pick up the CDs before you leave?



Cut costs by checking to see if there are other homeschool families in the area you can stay with. Volunteer to work at the convention for a couple of hours for a discount. Some even have pre-convention hours for workers where you can check out the vendor hall in advance. Shop at the local grocery stores and bring your cooler for snacks and lunches! It’s nice to step outside, see the sunshine and sit in your vehicle for a few moments of peace and reflection.



Pray! This is God’s holy commission to homeschool so commit this vast undertaking to His care and guidance. I’ve been amazed at how He led me to people and resources I might have otherwise overlooked.


Published in the May 2016 Edition of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine by Jan May



Play to the Strengths of a New Year with a Snowman Party!


January can be one of the hardest months to get through schooling. By now the hoopla of the holidays are over and we are staring January square in the face. The Christmas tree is finally down, and it’s time to settle back into our homeschooling schedule. The grunts and groans are not only coming from the kids, we feel it too.


One of sport’s greatest strategies is to play each player to his strengths. If Harry can hit well, don’t put him as catcher. If Tom can run, put him in the outfield. Let the New Year work for you by playing to its strengths.


Add something new to your homeschool. Do something different. Switch up the schedule. Play to the strengths of being inside more; be with friends by starting a co-op or a book club. Make tents and as a reward, let them do their school work underneath it.


Have a Hot Chocolate Dreaming Party next to the fireplace. Plan a slumber party in the living room on a Friday night and talk about family bucket list living. This term has expanded in recent years to include goals for certain time frames, such as before I grow up, etc. Kids love to feel that their contributions count and what better way to bond together as a family than to help each other fulfill dreams.


Maryalice Leister at MyKidsAdventures.com encourages families to write down their list so they will have options ready at a moment’s notice. Put their dreams in a jar, write them on a poster, or attach clothespins onto a bucket.


It’s true our kids would much rather be outside building a snowman than studying books. Why not play to its strengths? Study snow, measure snow, taste snow, make snow cones, snow forts, snowmen, chart weather patterns, study Alaska, Iceland, Sweden.


One of my favorite January boosts is to have a Snowman Party! We decorate the house by hanging homemade snowflakes and paper chains. We make fun snowflake stars and bake snowman treats. We invite friends over to share in the fun! Before you know it January will take on new meaning and everyone can settle happily into the New Year.


For a FREE full download of Snowman Party Treats  

Snowman Party Decorations

Pinterest Snowman Winter Treats and Snow Activities






Spice up the New Semester with a Fun Creative Writing Adventure

It can be hard to get your students motivated to start a new homeschool semester in Janurary. A fun educational project always helps! 

Our themed writing books are affordable, creative, and fun! They hold the interest of every student, even boys! They will hook your reluctant writers and develop a love for writing! With easy bite-size lessons containing understandable instruction, your student can independently work.

We give simple rewriting worksheets to help students organize their thoughts.

We engage your student with role-play activities, art, and cooking.

  • Build a Marshmallow Catapult
  • Design a Coat of Arms
  • Make a pirate hook and hat
  • Dress up like a pirate for the day
  • Bake a pirate map pizza
  • Make “teddy’s walk-the-plank” Jello cups
  • Build a battle drum
  • Devise your own secret spy code
  • Much more!

22% OFF for the New Year!

CODE NEWYEAR22

Good through Friday, Jan. 7

Give Yourself

a Back to School Gift

I’m convinced. One of the things I would do more of if I could go back to my fifteen years of homeschooling is to do more for myself without feeling guilty. I would still give 100% but not 150%. Who has the time you say? Before the pandemic our schedules were full of field trips, co-ops, basketball practice, potty training, and laundry - our lives will return to normal. Now more than ever we need to get out, away by ourselves. Sometimes we just have to say no to one more thing that our children want to do and say yes to something that would support our well-being as a person. After all stress can be accumulative like a boiling pot of water and we need to let the steam out.

A marathon runner knows they must pace themselves if they are to make it to the finish line. That’s what we must do as homeschool moms- we must pace ourselves to avoid burnout and make it across the finish line. The goal cannot be only to make to high school graduation with well trained, God loving, kids, full of Christian character. Wemust make it across the finish line as well, still standing.

As a pastor’s wife I encourage young homeschool moms to go out every week if possible and take time for themselves. Rejuvenate, take a walk, have coffee with a friend, ride your bike by yourself, exercise, get a pedicure, anything that supports your emotional and mental health. 

Sarah, homeschool mother of eight, calls it Mental Health Wednesdays. It started out as sessions for counseling and became so healthful she continued on and found wonderful ways to refresh herself. She says, “It’s put a bounce in my step and has given me a more positive outlook on life. I feel happier.” Now she kyaks by herself, paints, and takes daily walks, by herself!

How can it be done at your house? Older children can watch younger children. A Starbucks card or pet fish can be payment for watching younger siblings every couple of weeks. Anything that’s important to the older child can be used as barter. And there’s always grandma or swapping with another mom who needs time out too.

So don’t wait another day! Give yourself a New Year’s Gift: Declare a regular mom’s day out for yourself. Take a regular Mental Health Wednesday. You will be happier for it and be assured to make it across the finish line still standing and ready to go on to the next phase of your life.

Black Friday Deals

Posted on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 11:50 AM

It's Finally Here!!! A sale you can afford...

40% OFF a Bundle of YOUR choice!

Regular Price $16.95 each, NOW under $10.00 each when you purchase a bundle of 3 for $29

Pick your three favorites to make your own personalized bundle. Maybe you have a girl who wants an Isabel Writing book, and a boy who NEEDS Battle Cry to get him interested in writing...No Code Necessary-Sale starts today!

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Kick up your dry boring writing lessons! Turn them into a Exciting Writing Adventure! We have knights and castles, girl's and horses, battles and spies of the Revolutionary War, our thematic books will hook your child into writing! Easy step by step instructions will build your young writers' confidence. Three books will take your student through an entire school year. Students learn, character, setting and plot development. Literary elements such as onomatopoeia, similes, personification, are taught along with adjectives and strong verb usage. Fun activities enhances creativity such as building a marshmallow catapult, setting up an obstacle boot camp, making your own paper dolls, bake a dragon cake, and much more! Perfect for the child who can't get started or a delight for those who love to write! Ages 8-12

Knights and Castles Damsels and Dragons Writing Adventure is Here!

Posted on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 9:19 AM

Knights and Castles Damsels and Dragons Writing Adventure is Here!

Finally, a Writing Series That Engages Boys!

If your students love How to Train your Dragon, they will love this writing curriculum! It’s filled with exciting medieval history and activities, all while learning to write. The student chooses a medieval character and writes a fictional story from that character’s point of view. Will your young writer become a knight or a dragon trainer? A princess or a royal baker? The student chooses, and then the fun and learning begin!

You will love the self-guided, easy step-by-step instructions! There are twelve bite-sized lessons, 45-60 minutes each, to be used once or twice a week. Students create characters, settings, and plots along with learning how to use literary tools like similes and onomatopoeia. The book is also filled with medieval fun like building a marshmallow catapult, baking a dragon cake, and learning the ancient game of knucklebones. Boys and girls alike will love it! It’s perfect for hooking the beginning student or nurturing the advanced writer. Lessons culminate with an illustrated story and a medieval fair. It’s easily adaptable for teaching multiple age levels together and great for incorporating history and art. This writing adventure is so much fun that even the most reluctant writer will dive into the writing pool!

Ages 8 to 12

FREE Online Homeschool Curriculum Fair

Posted on Monday, May 11, 2020 10:34 AM

Online Curriculum Fairs to the Rescue!

Now that Homeschool Conferences are Canceling every where Online Curriculum Fairs are popping up in their place.

You can get inside looks of books, meet new friends, get your homeschool questioned answered by popular homeschool publishers and watch live streams of product demos daily!

There are door prizes and daily giveaways, so you could win books you've been wanting or find books you never knew you were missing!

Top Picks Homeschool Curriculum Fair with over 100 Publishers and Top Names like Apologia, Mystery of History and Raising Real Men - all with discounts exclusive to this fair. FaceBook page: https://bit.ly/2WH6AyO

Starting today they are giving away a Free Digital Swag Bag Full of great titles to every attendee of a valve over $500 and attendance is FREE. Just ask to join the group. That's it!

Our books are 25% OFF Book Bundles. MANY moms have commented that New Millennium School Books have turned writing time into a delight in their homeschool. No more struggle and one mom said, "My child WON'T stop writing! He takes his notebooks everywhere and writes in little alcoves."

Stop by and find our booth! Leave a comment! https://bit.ly/2YIQo2D

FREE Kindle of Courage for Kids

Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 3:54 PM

Courage for Kids! Free Download!

I am Offering my Book - FREE on Kindle for 5 Days! A Great Read for the Whole Family! Join Callie, her little Brother Curt and the Twins of Mischief on an Adventure of Faith, Courage, and the Power of Prayer! Perfect for these Times! FREE on KINDLE Now through the 28th Please Share! https://amzn.to/3dqKFDr

"I'm always on the lookout for positive, adventurous books for my kids - especially ones with characters who possess a strong and growing faith. Unfortunately, those are not very easy to find.

But recently I hit the jackpot with this book! Amy Bradsher, Parent and Educator

Jan May sent me a copy of her newly released book, Callie's Contest of Courage. Callie is a girl you want your child to be like and one that your child wants to emulate." 

Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes

Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 2:41 PM

hands on education for a lifetime of learning

Thanksgiving Candy-Corn Turkey Cupcakes

Well we're almost there!

The feast of Thanksgiving! 

I'm thankful for God's Provision in a new land so many years ago, thankful for perseverance of a people yearning for freedom and truly thankful for all God has done for me in my present life.

Too often we forget about the small things in life like sunshine, clean water, hot showers (one of my favs!) Perspective is EVERYTHING! When we have to go without some of these things for a time, we realize, that the world is spinning around and God is watching over it all and not worried about a thing! He makes things happen when they should. Even the smallest details of our lives. If He can see when a sparrow falls, how much more can He see us?

Today I'm celebrating in the way I love so much... COOKING With KIDS!! Below is a fun Thanksgiving Treat to eat or take as desserts. Kids love making them and eating them! Grown-ups too!

Candy-Corn

Turkey Cupcakes 

These are so easy to make! Start by frosting a batch of cupcakes with chocolate frosting.

Poke 6 candy corns in the back for feathers. Poke 3-4 more in front of them. This part is PERFECT for preschoolers!

Place a candy pumpkin near the front for a head and frost with chocolate frosting. It might work easier to frost them first, then stick it on.

Cut one candy corn in half and stick on as beak. Use more frosting to help stick if you need to.

Attach candy flat rounds for eyes. (The kind you find with the sprinkles) I attached a white one first then green on top. Couldn't find brown ones but red, green and white were in abundance!

I always think its nice to share with neighbors, shut-ins and those who cant bless us back. In doing so we minister to the Lord. Why not make up a batch of Turkey Gobbler Cupcakes to share?

Look for our hands-on writing books that transform writing time to a delight! 

Perfect for Christmas gift for the girl who loves to Read and Write!

Little House Live Online Book Club

Posted on Monday, October 29, 2018 4:43 PM

Little House in the Big Woods

Cozy up with a good book this winter! Watch Little House in the Big Woods come live in our ONLINE class Literature Study!

We will learn history, geography, Listen to music of the day, make butter and biscuits, and paper dolls! Learn vocabulary and much more! Loads of fun and learning! Don't miss it!

Ages 7-14

Starts January 22 - 10 week semester

Grading available

Online Teen Writing Class Fall 2018

Posted on Sunday, June 24, 2018 11:50 AM

ONLINE HOMESCHOOL

Creative Writing and Publishing

for High School Credit

Fall Semester 2018 

with Author and Educator Jan May

12 Weeks Starts August 29

1pm CST 60 minutes

Learn the foundations of writing fiction and how to craft an unforgettable story with realistic characters, subject research and poignant themes. Whether you like fantasy, action or drama come and deepen your writing!

In this class we will explore character arcs, sensory writing, plot twists and lots more! Learn how to edit and format your story for online self-publishing on Lulu.com.

Lots of fun writing exercises during class and interaction with other teen writers! Receive critiques and grow in your craft. If you want to develop your fiction stories, this is the class for you!

There will be two 5-7 page stories assigned throughout the semester and weekly writing homework that strengthens the fiction writing craft lasting approximately 45-60 minutes each.

The self-publishing portion (last 3 weeks) is optional. Students who do not wish to participate will have regular homework instead.

Students with Works in Progress may bring them to work on throughout this class.

Subject content must be approved by the teacher and must remain PG 13. This is a Christian based class so no writing of zombies, vampires, ghosts or witches, or anything with the point of view of death or demonic supernatural beings. Mythological creatures are ok as well as elves, and other types of beings from the Lord of the Rings. Blurring the lines between good and evil is not acceptable as a Christian worldview will be upheld.

Why Take a Creative Writing Class? 

  • Great way to earn high school English Language credit
  • It’s a great way to supplement a current Language program by mixing things up.
  • Creative Writing is a fun way to develop writing skills
  • It also helps teens self express
  • A student will learn to self publish for the aspiring young authors
  • Helps students become better creative non-fiction writers

Spring Online Writing Class for High School

Posted on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 10:21 PM

Creative Writing

Spring Semester 

Online for High School

with Author and Educator Jan May

12 Weeks Starts January 31

1pm CST 60 minutes

Lots of fun writing exercises and interaction with other teen writers! Receive critiques and grow in your craft. If you want to develop your fiction stories, this is the class for you!

Why Take a Creative Writing Class? 

  • Great way to earn high school English Language credit
  • It’s a great way to supplement a current Language program by mixing things up.
  • Creative Writing is a fun way to develop writing skills
  • It also helps teens self express
  • A student will learn to self publish for the aspiring young authors
  • Helps students become better creative non-fiction writers

 Martin Luther said, “If you want to change the world, pick up your pen!” 

Online Creative Writing for High School - Homeschool

Posted on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 6:46 AM

Creative Writing Spring Semester

Online for High School

with Author and Educator Jan May

12 Weeks Starts January 31

1pm CST 60 minutes

Lots of fun writing exercises and interaction with other teen writers! Receive critiques and grow in your craft. If you want to develop your fiction stories, this is the class for you!

Why Take a Creative Writing Class? 

  • Great way to earn high school English Language credit
  • It’s a great way to supplement a current Language program by mixing things up.
  • Creative Writing is a fun way to develop writing skills
  • It also helps teens self express
  • A student will learn to self publish for the aspiring young authors
  • Helps students become better creative non-fiction writers

Martin Luther said, “If you want to change the world, pick up your pen!”