Homeschooling With Essential Oils

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Home schooling can be mentally and emotionally exhausting for the parent of an ADHD child.  Does your child lend assistance in draining your emotional and mental well-being? Do you feel as though you’re unsure what to do with them? Are their behaviors off the chart? Do they already have a diagnosis that begins with 1 of the 26 letters of the alphabet, but ends in D?  I have 2 kids that are considered on the spectrum. One child is diagnosed with aspergers and ADHD and one with PDDNOS and ADHD.  We made the decision to try medication on the boys because it seemed to be the right decision at the time.  However, now we have felt God leading us to a natural way of treating our children.  I have used essential oils in the past for various reasons, but not for treatment. That is when I found out about Young Living Essential Oils!

Did you know that you can use them to help your children in home school or any school?!  I was so excited to see and try these oils on my own children! Soon after my kit arrived, I began pouring over it. Then I ordered some more books and poured over them.  Since then, I have been making recipes and deciding what I needed to use for my kids.
I can tell you that they really do have amazing results!
Here are some of the supplements we love!
OmegaGize- This is a supplement that is full of omega 3 and fish oil.  It is a huge help for brain function and concentration. It also helps with digestive elements to support healthy gut function.
ImmuPro- Aids the immune system. It also boosts melatonin levels, which can decrease anxiety and restlessness.
MightyZyme- Designed to help children combat negative effects of enzyme depletion.
There are more we are adding in this coming week!
Oils:
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Here is a breakdown on how some of the oils listed in the pictures work.
  • Brain Power – Supports mental clarity and concentration. Also, increases natural melatonin which helps regulate sleep!
  • Frankincense – Arouses the limbic system of the brain and promotes higher concentration
  • Cedarwood – Calming and purifying. Also, can increase melatonin naturally. Helping concentration in the day and sleep at night.
  • Lavender – Calms and relaxes the nervous system.
  • Peace & Calming – Helps to reduce nervousness, stress and depression, may help calm over active children! (It works:))
  • Valor – Detoxifies, promotes courage and self-esteem. Balances the body, also, so it helps with sleep and wake cycles.
  • Vetiver – Calms and relaxes. Helps with anger, irritability, and neurotic behaviors as well.
  • Joy – Uplifting, may help with depression.
Friends, I have trudged through these hard days as well.  I have struggled with reaching my child at times, but more importantly, reaching his heart.  These are just a few of the reasons that led us to medicine; however, these are also just a few of the reasons that has led us to essential oils and natural supplements. One of the most effective ways of treating ADHD and Autism is with oils and supplements – pure therapeutic essential oils – according to a study in 2001.
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Here is the snippets from the study:

“The American Medical Association Journal published a two-year case study (1999-2001). Stating that Dr. Terry Friedmann M.D. found children who previously had been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD were administered therapeutic essential oils by inhalation that got noteworthy results. The essential oils used were Lavender, Cedarwood and Vetiver”

This is how Dr Friedmann used the oil; one was inhaled 3 times a day for 30 days. There was also a device used at bedtime to receive constant inhalation of the essential oil. Dr. Friedmann found by using the inhalation process with the oils, they demonstrated to help in settling the brain waves back into patterns that were considered normal. He also found that the children had improved in not only their school performance but also how they behaved.

Dr. Friedmann found a 53% performance increase with Lavender, 83% performance increase with Cedarwood, and 100% performance increase with Vetiver.

So far while we are still very much on a path to recovery, I have noticed huge changes! We have been able to decrease certain medications! We have also noticed huge differences in focus, schoolwork, chores, and overall behavior.  I have been using the supplements on all 3 of my children, including my youngest who has no diagnosis.  It is really amazing what these oils can do.
Have you tried essential oils and supplements from  Young Living in your homeschool? With young living you can sign up to buy their products at a 24% discount without being pressured to build a business, unless of course you want to! 🙂
I personally use these oils daily in my home.  Because I love these oils so much, I am offering you a special.  Anyone who signs up as a distributor under me, with a PREMIUM kit, I will also send you a copy of the Reference Guide For Using Essential Oils FREE! Also, if you sign up for ANY kit, let me know and I will add you to our Facebook group! 🙂
Here is how you can sign up:
www.youngliving.org/rs4christ and here is my member # 1726375
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In Christ,
Laura
Laura PraterLaura is an Army wife to a Soldier who has served the last 18.5 years active duty. They reside in WA for the time being with their 3 boys. Laura home schools all 3. They are very active in their church and community. You can find Laura blogging atwww.raisingsoldiers4christ.com on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Raising-Soldiers-4-Christ/320756691285805, on Pinterest atwww.pinterest.com/RS4Christ and on Twitter atwww.twitter.com./RS4Christ.

Homeschool Movement With Easter Eggs

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Here in the state of Washington it rains ALL the time. It is only sunny about 90-100 days out of the year and it can be quite depressing. As a homeschool mom, we want our kids to keep active and busy, but if your kids are like mine, they get bored with the same old activities. Recently I got a package of plastic Easter Eggs to use as a Math activity with my youngest.  After we completed the activity, he wanted more time playing with the eggs. On a whim I came up with some activities and they loved it!!!

Homeschool Activities Using Easter Eggs

The first activity they did was balancing an egg on a kitchen spoon.  Here are some things that we did:

  • Walk from the living room to the kitchen with the eggs without them dropping to the floor
  • Walk backwards from the living room to the kitchen
  • Walk forward two steps, turn and walk backward two steps and repeat

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They enjoyed this new activity and did so well with it that I decided to turn it up a notch.  Here are some other things we did:

  • Balance the egg on a spoon and hop through the house (this did cause many “broken” eggs – good thing they were plastic:)
  • Crawled on the floor while balancing the eggs under their chin
  • Scooted all over the floor on their backs with their feet straight up and the egg balancing on their feet. This was quite hilarious! 🙂

We had a great time and really enjoyed it! This was just one idea of how to beat the rainy day blues. What are some of the ways you beat the blues or keep your kids entertained on rainy days, or snowed-in days for that matter?  I would love to hear from you!!!

In Christ,

Laura

 

Laura PraterLaura is an Army wife to a Soldier who has served the last 18.5 years active duty. They reside in WA for the time being with their 3 boys. Laura home schools all 3. They are very active in their church and community. You can find Laura blogging atwww.raisingsoldiers4christ.com on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Raising-Soldiers-4-Christ/320756691285805, on Pinterest atwww.pinterest.com/RS4Christ and on Twitter atwww.twitter.com./RS4Christ.

Finding Joy In The Little Blessings

Make Your Own Joy Jar

There are so many times in our homeschool days that we get so caught up in…..stuff.  Stuff can often overtake us mommas!  We are often busy from the time that we wake up until we fall into bed, too exhausted to sleep.  We can’t sleep because we often have so many thoughts going through our head.  Well, in the midst of a frazzled Mommy day, my husband and I were working on a printable book and this activity came to me.

Between the lessons, discipling my children, guiding them, training them and shuffling them to activities, some days the little things get lost.  The week ends and we start again.  I wanted to find a way to teach my kids (and remember myself) all the small little blessings that we encounter each and everyday.

To help remember the little blessings, we made a JOY Jar.  It’s a simple project that allows for as much creativity as one can muster.  It is also a great project to get little ones involved too, especially if you use a can.  They can put stickers or whatever you like on it.  For me, I admit I am NOT the most crafty person in the world.  That is a skill my mother did not pass on to me and grandma wasn’t in town :).

Here is how you do it:

1.  Take a can, any can.  Wash it first! 🙂

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2. Cut out a piece of construction paper or fabric to cover the can.  My husband has also used card stock.  You can use almost anything in your imagination to cover the can.

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3.  Decorate the construction paper how you like.  Make sure to place the word JOY on there somewhere, then you can know exactly what the can is for.

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4.  Take paper strips and write blessings for each person in your family each day. At the end of the week take time to go back through them and read them aloud and thank God for your blessings.  Reading them aloud can be something shared as a family too by taking turns:).

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If you want to use an actual jar instead of a can let me share some pictures of how to do that too.

1.  Take your jar and cut a square of fabric bigger then the opening so that it hangs down. You can make a decorative edge if you want.  Then cut a circle the size of the jar opening in the middle of the fabric.

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2.  Screw the ring of the jar on, don’t use a lid:)

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3.  Adjust the fabric so that it is pretty even and there you go! Very simple:) Then place your strips in each day like you would the can.

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I hope this activity blesses you and your family.  If you make one I would love to hear from you!

In Christ,

Laura

Laura PraterLaura is an Army wife to a Soldier who has served the last 18.5 years active duty. They reside in WA for the time being with their 3 boys. Laura home schools all 3. They are very active in their church and community. You can find Laura blogging atwww.raisingsoldiers4christ.com on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Raising-Soldiers-4-Christ/320756691285805, on Pinterest atwww.pinterest.com/RS4Christ and on Twitter atwww.twitter.com./RS4Christ.

Mid-Year Crisis….Changing Curriculum Mid-Year

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Changing Curriculum Mid-Year

Awww the beginning of the school year.  You’ve spent hours researching curriculum for your home school.  You have the curriculum all ready to go. Your binder is tagged.  Copies are made.  Books are stacked.  It’s “go time” and you can’t wait to dive in!
Then you get started only to realize that it isn’t going to work after all.  WHAT?!!! I spent all this money!!! I am determined to persevere. In the end, the curriculum just won’t cut it.  What do you do?
One option is keeping the curriculum, but at what expense? I know full well how awful it is to fork over good money on materials that sit and gather dust. But I also know how scrapping a curriculum that doesn’t work keeps me sane. 🙂

How do you know when it is time to switch curriculum?

  1. When there is a constant power struggle in a subject that the child previously loved.
  2. If they are having a hard time comprehending the curriculum
  3. The curriculum doesn’t match their learning style. This is one that is really important. I think if your curriculum doesn’t match how they learn, it can be very difficult reaching them or making the experience enjoyable.
  4. Tears.  Yep, tears are a pretty good sign it is time to make some changes!!!
Sometimes you do not have to scrap it all. You may be able to pick and choose what you keep and do not keep. I have done that before and it works out quite well! I also have changed just one or 2 things instead of redoing EVERYTHING. However, I have also had to scrap it all. One year I bought a super well known curriculum for my middle son. It was pretty pricey too! Yet he was bored to tears each day! There really was not much to keep of it, so I scrapped the whole thing and started again.  In the end, it was worth it because the one thing I don’t want to do, is force a curriculum on my children and it ruin their thrive and zest for learning.

So how is your curriculum working for you this year? Have you kept what you started out with? Kept part of it? Scrapped the whole thing?

I would love to hear from you!
Laura PraterLaura is an Army wife to a Soldier who has served the last 18.5 years active duty. They reside in WA for the time being with their 3 boys. Laura home schools all 3. They are very active in their church and community. You can find Laura blogging at www.raisingsoldiers4christ.com on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Raising-Soldiers-4-Christ/320756691285805, on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/RS4Christ and on Twitter at www.twitter.com./RS4Christ.