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Homeschooling for Jesus

A New Year's Gift for Homeschool Moms

Posted on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 1:49 PM

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!”

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