Multi-Level Homeschooling: My Favorite Approaches

Multi-Level Homeschooling My Favorite Approaches {WholeHearted Home}

I homeschooled all seven of our children from start to finish and tried (what seemed like) all the methods out there at the time. I found what worked best for our family was a combination of several methods that were geared to multi-level homeschooling as there just wasn’t time in my day to teach 5 subjects to 7 different children (that’s 35 subjects!)

I don’t know what methods are available or popular now, I am just sharing what worked for us. Everyone has the ‘best’ curriculum and method and the new out-dates what was tried-and-true. Did you ever notice that?

What I am sharing can work no matter what curriculum you choose. All you have to do is adapt it to your family and style of teaching. For instance, if you like a third grade science book, you can read it aloud to a much younger child and they will enjoy and benefit from it.

Once you have been homeschooling for any length of time you will notice that grade-levels overlap and content repeats to the point of being annoying.

Once I was a seasoned homeschool teacher, I actually realized that a book didn’t necessarily have to be finished since the next year would start up with an incredible amount of review.

This is especially true when you homeschool-year-round and amnesia in your sweet children is minimized.

My Favorite Approaches

The first few years I homeschooled I tried to wade through Charlotte Mason’s wonderful original books on homeschooling. I would glean tidbits from her before falling asleep on the sofa, exhausted from a full day.

I was thrilled when Karen Andreola came out with the Charlotte Mason Companion. The Andreolas were the ones who discovered Charlotte Mason when they lived in England.

I was also influenced by Marilyn Howshall’s books on the Lifestyle of Learning. I am sure that you will find a flavor of these methods reflected in what I share as what I learned was grafted into my thoughts and methods of teaching our children.

Multi-Level Homeschooling is a Win-Win

For our homeschool, the mulit-level classroom was a win-win situation. I have the best memories of learning with my children during those years.

When you teach to the oldest child and include the younger child (or children), you are involving all of your children to a much greater degree. It is always so easy to loose the oldest or youngest child which only makes them bored or leads to trouble.

  • When I included my three year old, she no longer drew on the wall but on paper while I read out loud. I gave her an appropriate medium for her artistic bent.

  • Choosing several books on the same topic on differing levels captures the interest of varying ages of your children.

  • Activities are usually inclusive to multi-level homeschooling. What child doesn’t love a science experiment. Even when a couple of my children reached middle and high school, our younger children thoroughly enjoyed watching a frog dissection.

It was always amazing to see our younger children pick up concepts that I would have thought they were too young to comprehend. I remember walking through the woods with them talking about the ‘ecosystem’ – how cute is that?!

Each family is unique and there is rarely a one-size fits all; you must find a variation that works best for your particular situation.

In my next post, I will develop these concepts as I share more about Multi-Level Homeschooling.

If you homeschool, do you find multi-level homeschooling to be the easiest? What are your favorite approach?

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Preventive Maintenance in Marriage

Preventive Maintenance in Marriage {A Little R & R}My husband will repair the car before it totally breaks down and calls it ‘preventive maintenance.’

Too often we neglect the maintenance in our marriage and allow it to break down for lack of repair. What if we did a little preventive maintenance in marriage that will keep it greased and running smoothly?

Some couples have marriages that run along seemlessly without bumps or ruts in their journey. They are best friends and grow even more intimate as the years go by.

Most of us have to really work at our marriage. The problems faced by most couples are longer than life and getting along is just a dream.

It is easy to give up on your spouse but have you ever tried preventive meaintenance in your marriage? Follow me over to “A Little R & R” where I am guest posting today and see how you can give a little preventive boost in maintaining your marriage.

I’m HERE!!

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Living In The Light {1 John 1}

Living In The Light

Good Morning Girls!! 

We are in the book of 1 John and today I want to focus on 1 John 1 as it particularly spoke to my heart this week.

When the power suddenly goes off, I stumble around for a flashlight. We need light or we will easily trip and fall. It is dismal and depressing to live in a dark house and we tend to grope through the darkness to locate the power because living in the light illuminates our life.

Guided by the Holy Spirit, John penned the epistles of John as an old man looking back over his happy memories during the days he was with Jesus.

As we look at 1 John 1, lets make sure to illuminate every dark corner with the Light of Jesus and start fully ‘living in the Light.’

Entering into the Same Fellowship with Jesus

God wants us to enter into close fellowship with Him. The first way that we do this is to stay faithful in the Word of God each day.

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;” ~1 John 1:1~

No Impurity or Insincerity is Permissible

God wants us to offer Him a pure relationship with sincerity that overflows from our heart.

“That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” ~1 John 1:3~

Unimpaired Walk with God Brings Joy

“And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.” ~1 John 1:4~

Nothing should stop us from walking with God. Nothing.

We ought to have an unimpaired walk with God but ladies, that too often is just so far from true!!

If we are to have an unimpaired walk with God, we need to set our priorities straight. Instead of a steady diet of connections on social media first thing in the morning, intentionally set your heart and mind on God before breakfast and before the kids get up.

If you’ve been up all night and couldn’t get up before your kids, then read your Bible to them. Even a baby will often be calmed by your voice reading Scriptures.

When our walk with God is unimpaired we are ultimately blessed with JOY as we grow closer to Him.

Living In The Light With Jesus

Jesus is our source of power and He will light up the darkness we are surrounded with. When Jesus saves us, we are brought out of darkness and into the glorious light.

There are dark times in our Christian lives where we need a reminder to tap into the source of Power.

“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” ~1 Peter 1:5-7~

Are you struggling? I have several areas in my life that I wish things had turned out differently. But they didn’t.

The good news is that you don’t have to struggle and neither do I!!

With your eyes fixed on Jesus, you can go forward, living in the light with Jesus.

Are you consistently walking in the light? You can slip when you’re not in the Light.

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Eight Reasons I Love Homeschooling {Blessed At Home}

I want to thank Meghan over at First Comes Love for contributing today for our Blessed At Home feature every Thursday here at WholeHearted Home. We are sharing about homeschooling during the month of September as we get back into our routines after a wonderful summer. I know you will be blessed by what Meghan shares.

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Isn’t it interesting to find an old list or journal entry and chuckle at your young, naïve self? I was browsing through old blog posts the other day and came across one from a couple of years ago about why my husband and I had decided to homeschool.

It turns out, though, that my only chuckling was about how our reasons still hold true today.

  1. Curriculum choices. The choices can be dizzying! But I like that because it means we all can find something that works for our particular circumstances.
  2. A positive social environment at home. The Mr. and I both had difficult social experiences as children in the public school system. In our home, there’s no bullying, snide remarks, or dissing.
  3. Schedule. In my husband’s position as college professor, his time off occurs only during the college breaks. Our local public school schedule and the Mr.’s schedule would never allow all of us to be off school at the same time except at Christmas. Homeschooling allows plenty of opportunity for family togetherness.
  4. Field trips. With homeschooling, we all go. Why should the school-age children have all the fun?
  5. Learning. My husband and I are learning addicts. As we homeschool, our love of learning is being transferred to our children.
  6. Interest-led learning. Since we choose the curriculum, each child can study what interests him, whether it be nutrition, clock-making, veterinary science, art, writing, computers.
  7. Time efficiency. When I was in school, I waited for the bus for five to ten minutes. I rode the bus for another thirty. I spent at least thirty minutes going to my locker and moving between classes. Nearly every class period I would finish my work early and then have to wait. (Maybe that’s why I love reading!) In our homeschool, there is no wasted time with transportation, walking the hallways, waiting for the teacher to explain the lesson again, waiting for the bell to ring.
  8. Cost efficiency. Homeschooling is cheaper. We re-use our curriculum, so once a child hits fourth grade, all we need to purchase are the consumable work-texts (the books in which they write). This costs about $50 per child. By staying at home, we avoid a lot of extra expenses in clothing, lunches, supplies, and transportation.

Homeschooling was a wonderful decision we made years ago, and we’ve never looked back.

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The Hurried Child + WholeHearted Wednesday Linkup #109

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The Hurried Child {WholeHearted Home}

There is a Hawaiian saying that I remember from when I lived on Oahu back in my teens. It was, “The more faster I go, the more behinder I get!!” We are rushing to teach our children even through homeschooling them – and the hurried child becomes the burned out child.

We can’t wait for our children to pass milestones from the time they are born. We post on Facebook or Instagram pictures depicting their new smile, latest tooth, and we rush ahead hurrying them to learn their letters and shapes.

Forgotten Books and Research

There used to be a plethora of books available that encouraged parents to delay teaching their children academics until they were ready. Books that shared how a child needs to experience life and explore nature first. It is much quicker for a child to learn to read and do math once their brain is ready.

Books gain popularity and quickly are replaced with other books, newer, younger authors. Why is it that we no longer value older writers and the tried and true? We constantly make the same mistakes over and over.

Slow Down, Don’t Hurry Your Child

A toddler doesn’t need to learn phonics and neither does a pre-schooler.

This is the time to spend teaching your child about Creation, giving them a strong foundation in Genesis and Old Testament Bible stories.

Slow down and take walks almost every day in parks, fields, along rivers and collecting in zip lock bags the treasures that they find.

Making a notebook in a 3-Ring Binder of their scribblings and ‘findings’ slipped into plastic protector sheets will give your child something to do while living slow.

The Hurried Child Becomes the Burned Out Child

When you hurry your child to activities (all good ones of course) from the time they are a toddler, you will eventually have a child that is stressed and possibly even burned out academically.

We start with play-dates from the time our child is a toddler and this turns into activity after activity. I am not saying these things are wrong. We need to guard our child’s time and limit their involvement. Family is much more important if we want to have our child’s heart in the long run.

Just as we rush around to activities, we rush to teach our children to read, often doing more damage than we realize when some children (often boys) are just not ready for academics yet.

So, take your time with your children and enjoy each day while they are young. Make your schoolroom the outdoors and spend lots of time cutting, gluing, and coloring which all prepare your child to read.

Are you rushing your child both academically and with too many involvements in activities? Do you agree or disagree?

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Welcome to WholeHearted Wednesday Linkup #109!!

Back on July 8th, I shared about the importance of taking a blogging break. I thought it was so important to occasionally take a blogging break that I shared HOW to take a break HERE. If that weren’t enough, I shared about WHAT to DO on a blogging break HERE!!

I am on the kind of blogging break that keeps on blogging in auto-pilot!!

Would you like to keep up with me? WholeHearted Home Happenings weekly newsletter will arrive in your inbox each week with a little note from me and a list of posts from the past week (or so.)

If you’d like to follow me on Facebook (Hey, “LIKE” me ;-) ) you will find my page filled with tidbits of interest. Oh! And then there is Pinterest!!

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How To Help a New Mother

How To Help a new MotherPutting Titus 2 to work by helping a new mother is a good thing for any woman to do whether younger or older. The way to become a godly woman is to start when you are young and perfect it by the time you are older.

If you are a mother, remembering back to the first hours and days after delivering your first sweet baby, you were tired and needed to recover from 9 months of pregnancy and labor. Meanwhile, you were finding that all that you had read about motherhood; had not completely prepared you for the reality of that tiny little bundle of joy and love.

It can be overwhelming in the middle of the blessing.

I have more to share about “How To Help a New Mother” but you will have to follow me over to ‘What Joy Is Mine’ where I am guest posting for Naomi today. 

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Living on the Next Level in the School of God

Living on the Next Level in the School of God {WholeHearted Home]

This week we finished up the book of Esther and have been reading 1 Peter 1-3 since Wednesday.

Life is like a school where we learn by our experiences.

Most of the time we get stuck on the same level of complacency, not paying much attention to whether we are growing closer to the challenges that God gives us to take life to the next level.

We are in the ‘school of God’ whether we are aware of it or not.

We should be living on the next level in the school of God, but too often we are stuck back in first grade!!

1. The Trial of Your Faith is More Precious than Gold

Are you struggling in your marriage, parenting, finances, patience, health, energy levels, emotions, or just simply struggling? What a comfort to read that the trial of your faith is more precious than gold in God’s eyes! That is just incredible to me!

“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:” ~1 Peter 1:7~

Even when your faith is tried by fire, you are being refined in the school of God. If your mind and heart are engaged, you will be learning and growing. The whole purpose of the trials that we go through in life are so that praise, honor, and glory are given to God.

2. Girding Up, Sobering Up, and Hoping to the End = Grace

I love the word “girding” as it gives me a mental picture of tightening up my belt or rolling up my clothing so that I can get through the deep waters of life without getting too wet.

Life is serious business and what happens in this journey is often very sobering.

A fatal car accident, cancer, financial devastation, or just those little things that happen day-to-day can cause us to sober up and focus on Christ. At least, that ought to adjust our view.

“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;” ~ 1 Peter 1:13~

Troubles can weigh our minds down as we continually worry and fret. God wants us to gird up our minds. He wants us to hope until the end for GRACE. He wants to reveal Jesus Christ to us.

Just thinking on Jesus and grace will relieve so much of your pressures.

3. Talking Holy Because God is Holy

Living on the next level means that Every. Single. Word. that proceeds out of our mouth would be holy and honoring to God.

We are called to talk in a manner that reflects Jesus.

We are called to living holy lives on the next level. Are you finding yourself stuck in first grade?

God doesn’t want you there.

He wants you to be living on the next level.

You are in the school of God. What a wonderful place to be!

“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16. Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” ~1 Peter 1:15 & 16~
God is holy and He is calling you to be holy. You can be holy when you abide in Jesus moment by moment.

4. Love Fervently with a Pure Heart

“Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart ferfently:” ~1 Peter 1:22~
Unfeigned: I love this word! It means to be genuine, sincere, real, wholehearted (just had to add that), true, honest, heartfelt, not a fake.
Sanctifying our life in the school of God is progressive as we start living on the next level.
For most of us, we don’t ‘arrive’ all at once when we get saved. If you have been saved, you made an about turn the day Jesus saved you, but there was still much that needed to be purged out of your life.
The Christian walk is a process of progressive sanctification. It all starts with purifying your soul as you obey the truth through the Holy Spirit.
When your soul is purified of all the gunk, it is much easier to love other believers fervently with an unfeigned heart.

5. Living on the Next Level with Jesus

1 Peter has so much more within its precious pages that will bring you to the next level in your school of God.
This journey is a lifestyle of holiness.

4 Steps to a Lifestyle of Holiness

Back to School!! {WholeHearted Home}
These four steps sums up living on the next level with Jesus in the school of God. When you pass your trials and tests maybe you can move to an even higher level.
  1. The trials of your faith is more precious than gold to God
  2. Girding Up, sobering Up, and hoping to the end = grace
  3. Talking holy because God is holy
  4. Love fervently with a pure heart

Has God taken you ‘back to school’ as with lessons you are learning in your ‘School of God?’ Are you stuck on the same level or moving to the next level?

You will be blessed to read what Courtney shares today over at Women Living Well: A Steady Diet of Beauty Magazines Will Starve Your Soul {1 Peter 3}

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Printable Prayer for the Homeschooling Mom

I want to thank Tauna over at Proverbial Homemaker for contributing today for Blessed At Home feature every Thursday here at WholeHearted Home. We are sharing about homeschooling during the month of September at we get back into our routines after a wonderful summer. I know you will be blessed by what Tauna shares.

Printable prayer for the homeschooling mom

A new homeschool year has started for many of us, and for some it never ended! All around there are school supply sales, curriculum deals, and talk of plans and schedules. However, there is one step – a first and most important step – that we must take if we are going to be successful this year, and that’s prayer.

Can we commit to something today, fellow homeschool moms? Can we make a decision together to pour our hearts into prayer this year? Let us wash our homeschool, our children, our family in prayer at every turn.

When we pray over our plans and decisions, the Lord is involved and He will never steer us wrong. When we pray at the start of each month, week, and day, we are inviting Him in to walk with us and guide us on the journey. His presence will bring the peace we crave. His Spirit will give us the guidance we need.

Free Printable Homeschool Mom’s Prayer

I have written a little prayer for us homeschooling moms. Download it, print it and post it where you see it often. Enjoy the new year and the time you have with your children!

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For more homeschooling prayer resources, check out these printable cards as well as this helpful weekly calendar.

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Dr. Kent Brantly: Serving the Least of These + WHW #108 LINKUP

Dr. Kent Brantly Serving the Least of These

Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

We live in a self-centered country where most people are concerned about themselves. Few would risk their lives to serve in a Liberian Ebola ward like Dr. Kent Brandtly was doing recently. He must have known the risk of contracting the dreaded disease but was willing to obey God’s call on his life in serving the least of these.

Dr. Kent Brantly wasn’t afraid to serve the least of these. He faced Ebola head-on while caring for patients in Liberia and then faced his illness with bravery.

He had courage and determination and has been an outstanding testimony to the entire staff at the Emory Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.

Follow me over to Missional Call where you can read more about the controversial care Dr. Brantly gave to the Ebola patients in Liberia before contracting the desease himself – HERE!!

Welcome to WholeHearted Wednesday #108 Linkup Party!!

Back on July 8th, I shared about the importance of taking a blogging break. I thought it was so important to occasionally take a blogging break that I shared HOW to take a break HERE. If that weren’t enough, I shared about WHAT to DO on a blogging break HERE!!

So, what am I trying to say?!

I am away from my ‘blogging desk’ until around the second week of October.

I have posts scheduled through the end of the month ~ so keep coming back.

WholeHearted Wednesdays will be here each week although I am doing terrible at visiting like I usually do.

I have a LOT of wonderful posts coming up, so even though I am on a partial blogging break, come back to see what’s cooking!!

09/11/14 – Tauna from Proverbial Homemaker will be sharing: Printable Prayer for the Homeschooling Mom

09/12/14 – Blogging Through The Bible – I Peter

09/16/14 – How to Help a New Mother

09/27/14 – The Hurried Child + WholeHearted Wednesday #109

So you see, I am on the kind of blogging break that keeps on blogging in auto-pilot!!

I just wanted to give you a heads up, in case you wondered why I am late with my WholeHearted Home Happenings weekly newsletter, and you haven’t seen me in the comments on your blog, or sporadic on Facebook (Hey, “LIKE” me ;-) ) and Pinterest!!

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How To Turn Your Wilderness into Dynamic Joy

How To Turn Your Wilderness into Dynamic Joy

When you don’t feel like having joy!!

Wouldn’t you know that the most important time to rejoice in the Lord is when you completely don’t feel like it?!

Are you having a difficult day?

The bills are larger than life and no matter how many books and blogs you read on marriage, yours is still a mess.

You feel dry.

Spent.

You just don’t feel like rejoicing!!

I’ve been there. So melancholy and totally unable to get out of my pit. Joy was not something I knew how to find.

Joy can’t be mustered up. You just can’t work yourself up to be joyful

Did you know that the Scriptures repeatedly connect wilderness times with joy?

Have you ever noticed that wilderness and dry dessert experiences end with everlasting joy? Joy comes AFTER the wilderness.

Wouldn’t you know that God doesn’t want us to stay in the wilderness? Sometimes we just want to camp there and don’t want to pull up the stakes and move on!

Look at these verses I found in Isaiah 35. They are gems!!

The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the dessert shall rejoice, and blossom as a rose.” ~Isaiah 35:1~

  • It shall blossom abundantly (vs.2)

  • And rejoice even with joy and singing (vs. 2)

Jesus Wants to Turn Your Wilderness into Joy

Jesus will interrupt the situation in your life. Your dry, barren, wasteland that you are in can be totally turned around as you soak yourself daily in the Bible and experiencing Him.

As you read your bible your eyes and ears will be opened, you will feel like leaping and your tongue will start singing. It may take consistently pursuing the Lord daily, but I promise you, you will find joy!!

  • The eyes of the blind shall be opened (vs. 5)

  • The ears of the deaf shall be unstopped (vs. 5)

  • The lame man leap as an hart (vs. 6)

  • The tongue of the dumb sing (vs. 6)

God will give you joy. He will put joy on the inside of you. It starts inside and bubbles out.

Joy is a Gift of the Holy Spirit.

Joy is a Dynamic and not a Static.

What does it mean to have dynamic joy?

This kind of joy is not worked up like happiness can be. A person can be dynamically happy on the outside and sad on the inside.

Joy is ignited by the power of the Holy Spirit within you. It is abiding joy. The abiding of the Holy Spirit living in and through you.

Joy Becomes a Lifestyle Like a Highway

And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.” (vs. 8)

But the redeemed shall walk there.” (vs. 9)

And the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” (vs. 10)

As women who are mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmothers, aunts, single or married, we are on a journey taking us to heaven. It can be a hard life filled with anxiety and worries that we feel especially as women.

As God teaches us to have joy and we allow His Spirit to take more and more control, we will be more able to walk joyfully no matter what life brings.

I often think of Elizabeth Eliot, missionary who lost her husband when 5 missionaries were slaughtered by the Alka Indians. She knew that joy that only God can bring and lived it out as an example for us.

It really is possible to have joy when you trust God to turn your wilderness into joy. He is able!!

Have you been in a wilderness at some point in your life? Has God taken you from your wilderness into joy? Or are you trusting God to give you joy, real joy?

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