Celebrating Cruelty

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My son is 14. If he had remained in public school, he would be entering 9th grade in the fall. That means, for all intents and purposes, he’s a high-schooler. Even though he’s 5′ 3″ and barely 100 lbs. He started kindergarten a year early, and it shows.

Recently, our tiny hicktown in the Northernest portion of New York State made national news because high school and middle school students were beating the tar out of each other, recording the beatings on their cell phones, and posting the videos on YouTube. It all came out when a victim brought a jack knife to school and was brought up on weapons charges. He was 13.

It’s no surprise to anyone who was a teenager that teens are capable of intense cruelty. This is not to say they are all cruel, not at all. I am well acquainted with a number of teenagers whom I am proud to count as my friends. But I also was the victim of bullying in public school, and peer cruelty lead my son to attempt suicide at the age of ten.

Why are some children so cruel? I suspect it is, in part, human nature. We are born selfish creatures. But we have the capacity for awesome goodness. What makes the difference?

Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

I believe the main contributor to a child’s tendency towards good or evil is the parent. A child who is raised tightly, with a parent or parents who are involved in his or her life, with consequences enforced for actions, is much less likely to record themselves assaulting a fellow student and posting it proudly on the internet than one for whom consequences are rare or variable, or who has no one to turn to when in need.

This is especially true in our current “viral video”, 30-seconds-of-fame culture. Those videos were posted to make the perpetrators appear “cool”…and it was successful. They were considered “famous”, for a short time, in the school. Famous, for beating up a classmate. Cool, for hurting an innocent person.

Just as we drank up our Madonna-esque 1980s culture of MTV and Air Jordans, our kids are drinking up the new culture. But this culture is malleable and made up of the users. The users who create the material are the same people who choose what is “viral”. When that media is accessible all hours of the day or night, from the phone in your pocket or the iPad in your pack, the horror of beating a classmate recedes through familiarity. It is no longer a bad thing…it’s desirable. It will get your video shared.

True worth – as opposed to the false fame of a “viral video” – does not come from outside. It comes from within, from the knowledge of who you are a God’s child. To keep that in the front of one’s mind can be difficult with so much pressure to conform. “The World” wants to suck us in, use us up, and spit us out.

To help your teens understand the fleeting gratification of “The World”‘s approval, teach them their true worth. Demonstrate it in your behavior towards them. If they feel they are valued in your eyes, in the eyes of your extended family and your church family, and in the eyes of the Lord, the desire to be valued in the eyes of strangers on the internet will be lessened. You can also reduce the pull of those internet strangers by monitoring and limiting your children’s access to social media. That is not a society that should have a strong pull on children.

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:2)

 

Kathy LaPan is a homeschooling mom of two in Northern NY. She has an MBA in finance and teaches through SchoolHouseTeachers.com. Check out her blog at Simply Homeschool Living.

Recipe: Spaghetti Squash Stir Fry

Spaghetti Squash

It isn’t always easy giving something new a try, but I had heard about spaghetti squash a few times now and figured if it would help us eat better, we might as well try it.  My son is a bit of a processed food junkie and I will give in and buy some now and again, but I cringe, as I have never had some of these things (pasta in a can, I just can’t).

While at my local grocer, I picked out a medium sized squash and showed my hubby. He’s not a squash fan, so I received a funny look.  I bought it anyway.

When we got home I began googling how to cook the spaghetti squash and found easy instructions online at http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-cook-spaghetti-squash-178036 .  Preparation was simple and my chickens were happy for the seed and stringy innards treat. I found it looks like angel hair pasta when ready, but it has a little crisp to it and almost a nutty essence.

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After preparing the squash I set out to make it into my dinner. I used half the squash, five grilled chicken tenders, and about 1 1/2 cups of frozen mixed veggies as the base. I put this all into a frying pan with 2 Tbsp of soy sauce, 1 chicken bouillon cube, 1/2 cup water, and 1/4 cup of margarine.  I then cooked this on low until all the flavors had mixed well. When almost done simmering, I seasoned to taste with cayenne pepper, ground mustard, and ground ginger.

Dinner was delicious and I had two containers leftover for the next days of lunches. My leftovers the next day tasted even better!  That hardly ever happens in our house.

I now have half a spaghetti squash left to make something else with. I’m having trouble deciding between an American chop suey, with sauce and meatballs, in a soup, or in a spaghetti bake.  My sister-in-law even suggested a “pasta” salad with it.

What is your favorite way to eat spaghetti squash?

 

Melissa ReadMelissa is in her first year of homeschooling her teenaged son, while working part-time.  She enjoys the simple life, but her husband is a super techie.  It’s an interesting balance as Melissa strives to learn more homesteading skills, while her husband is playing the latest Xbox game.  Find Melissa’s Facebook page:  Minor in Homeschool.

Do It Because It’s Right For Your Family!

Sometimes It's OK to Just Be

 

Now that summer is in full swing what do you usually do?

Are you taking summer off?

I remember summer vacation when I was a kid. Long hot days that I could basically do whatever I wanted with. The feeling of freedom. Oh to be a kid again.

Or do you begin your new school year during the summer? It might be scorching where you live. They are going to be inside most of the time anyway so why not? Beats getting bored and having sibling rivalry of some sort doesn’t it?

Whatever you choose, you do it because that is what is right for your family.

YOUR FAMILY, not anyone else’s.

I know it’s hard to remember that sometimes.

Maybe you wonder if it’s enough.

Yep, you’ve been reading too many homeschooling magazines haven’t you?

Or looking at everyone else’s awesome pics of school rooms on pinterest. Or?Or?

Just stop!!!

Take a breath. Are your kids smiling? Do they look content and happy? Are you? That’s good, right?

But if the answer is no, try to remember what I was talking about at the beginning of this post.

Try to remember how you felt.

You want your kids to have that, too? It’s ok to just be sometimes. If they need a break take it. Don’t be a slave to your teacher’s manual. Don’t feel like you have to do every page, every lesson. Skip around if you need to. Make it enjoyable. Soon you will see it come alive again. And if it takes a little longer so be it.

Just go with it. They’re worth it.

 

Lara VolkoffLara V. is a wife and mother to two sweet blessings whom she homeschools. She writes about her faith, her family, motherhood and her homeschooling journey on her blog at Learning Through My Eyes and can also be found on Facebook encouraging homeschooling moms of challenging children.

 

We Choose Virtues Giveaway/Freebie

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It’s week 26 for Homeschool Survival Weekly Group Giveaways. We love bringing you Freebies, Giveaways and Encouragement for your family homeschool.  If you have Freebies you’d like to share, be sure to link up and we will be Pinning and Sharing through the week. We’d like  to encourage you to like us and interact with us on Facebook. Visit us there to find and share more fantastic posts.

We are a community where you can ask questions, get mom to mom answers and be encouraged.  In fact, if you happen to have any questions about homeschooling, feel free to leave us a comment here…and we’ll be happy to post them on the page, or even write a blog post about it. We are here to help you in your journey and can’t wait to hear more from you!  Be sure to read all the way to the end, where the fabulous giveaways will be posted.

 

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A Guide To Gifting the Homeschool

Gifts. 

Homeschool. 

Schoolroom. 

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Ever thought of these concepts being mixed together?  I know that I look forward to the opportunity of gifting the Homeschool friend!  Whether the opportunity will arise from someone I’m close to beginning this new journey or perhaps a friend breaking way on a new school room for the family…I look forward to the opportunity to give!

May this guide serve to inspire you with ideas to give to the Homeschool family, friend, or family member!  I’m here to equip you with a wealth of inspiration and ideas!  Some of these are items I’ve found absolutely necessary in the schoolroom.  Others are things that I’d be very sad, and inconvenienced, to live without.  Even more, some of these items have been gifts given to us from Grandma, other family, or to our own family during Christmas!

I hope you will find a wide range of items, variety, and price here.

So without further ado…here is your Homeschool Gift Guide!

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Gifts For The School Room

Gifts For The Homeschool Student

  • Personalized pencil boxes
  • Educational Place Mats (money, telling time, presidents)
  • Science Kits (easily found at craft and toy stores)
  • Fun themed school supplies
  • Learning Buddies for encouragement (stuffed animals or figurines to stay at the desk)
  • Reward Charts
  • United States Puzzle
  • Books, books, and more books!!!!

Gifts For the Homeschool Teacher…..Usually Mom 🙂

  • My favorite….cute desk supplies!!!
  • Classical or relaxing music CD’s/Downloads
  • Gift cards to Field Trip friendly areas (Zoo, museums, ect)
  • Goody and reward box supplies
  • Pretty Planner
  • Devotionals
  • Invitaton to Lunch with YOU….student free!

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So….have I gotten the inspiration flowing?  The ideas are endless.  At the end of the day, what will matter is the thought, the time, and the showing of love and support.  I for one know that’s what means the most to me.  While these items serve as a hands on, actual gift buying and giving guide, know that sometimes homemade and fun, thoughtful gifts are ever more special and will be remembered forever!

Good Luck and Happy Giving!

 

Jennifer Whitten FamilyJennifer is a first year homeschooling Mom of 3 elementary aged kids and step mom to one middle school girl.  She was born and raised in Wyoming but now enjoys country living in Louisiana with her husband and kids.  She is a lover of Jesus, family, gardening, canning, all things creative, and hog hunting with her husband.  Tea enthusiast and crochet addict, she can be found blogging about all things family, devotional, health, and homeschool atStop, Pray, Listen.  A volunteer peer counselor at a Pro-Life Crises Pregnancy Center, her other passion is sharing the gospel with women in need.  Far from perfect, but in love with this grace filled life with kids, Jennifer makes it her mission to Stop, Pray, Listen, and Obey.

Growing A Homeschool Child

It’s that time of year!  Garden Season!

There are very few, if ever, any days in the garden that I’m not reminded of our Creator.

I see His beauty.

I see His grace.

Planting & Growing Your Homeschool

I see the awesomeness of Creation.  And without fail….I see how my garden is so much like our lives.  No wonder the Psalmists and Jesus Himself used nature to teach.  It’s always such a perfect picture and reminder of our own lives and journeys.  So, today, I’m offering advice on how to grow that Homeschooled Child.  Now remember, I’m no professional gardener, parent, or Homeschool Mom.  But our God….He is the perfect teacher and I think you just might find some inspiration, encouragement, and food for thought here in my Homeschool Garden instructions!  Happy Planting!

STEP 1

Prepare Your Soil.  This is SO important.  The type of soil you plant your seed in often decides much of the outcome of the plant…um, student!  A soil filled with scriptural vitamins and minerals and laced with a teachable spirit has proven to be the most workable and fertile ground!

STEP 2

Thank the Lord for the seed He’s given you to work with here, aka your student!  It’s important to take care not to damage the seed while planting.  Instead, carefully place your child in the correct depth of soil (level of learning) and cover with the right amount soil (curriculum) to allow them to sprout properly!  If and when in question, know you can always refer to the guidebook (your Bible) for proper instruction, guidelines, and help to make such decisions.

STEP 3

Once your ground (a strange mixture of their hearts along with your own) has been prepared, and your child properly planted at the right level and proper kind of curriculum for their needs, be ready to tend your garden while it prepares to grow.  This is a season of watering and waiting.  Remember to water (teach) every day, even when you don’t see results.  You must also allow adequate sunshine into this equation!  By exposing your seed to the light of God through scripture, experience, and great fellowship, you’re adding the other essential to growth!  While you continue to consistently water (teach) your child, changes are forming and growing in their hearts, minds, and souls, even when you can’t see!  Be ready for that first sprout!  It’s so encouraging and exciting to see the beginning of knowledge take root and begin to grow!  Be sure to thank God, pat yourself of the shoulder, talk to and praise that tender sprout, and then move onto step 4!

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STEP 4

Continue allowing your student the exposure to God’s light, the regular watering of your teaching, and of course regularly monitor your soil in case it becomes depleted.  If that’s the case, a good dose of fertilizer might be needed to give your student a boost.  The best fertilizers out there are study in God’s word, church events, camps and getaways, and sometimes even just an uplifting visit and outing with other homeschool families.

STEP 5

Stay on top of the weeds and grass in your garden!  The growth of these outsiders is normal and to be expected.  It’s important to watch for these distractions and negative influences on your student.  In our garden we’ve found these in the form of too much electronics, the distractions of busyness, and over commitment.  When weeds or grass first begin to sprout, pull them immediately before they become a problem!  I know that this isn’t always possible.  But don’t give up, do your best, and continue to clean out the grass and weeds from your precious garden.  When these things are around your plant, they take the needed nutrients from the soil away from your student for their own growth.  When left to grow too long, it becomes even trickier to remove them and they can even become so entangled in the roots of your own plant that their removal causes damage.  So, tend to the weeds!

Keep Those Life Weeds Awry

STEP 6

Enjoy the fruits of your garden!  This homeshool life is beautiful!  Beautiful on perfect days, on not so perfect days, and even on those days you may be tempted to run to the grocery store to meet your garden needs instead of working the hard but fruitful garden you’re growing!  Stick to it!  Enjoy the times of rest.  Be grateful for the days it rains and your garden is watered by God’s hand so you get a break.  Be proud of your fruit, that child you grow.  Be proud of the gardener, yourself.  And above all else, give thank to the Creator of them all!

 

Jennifer Whitten FamilyJennifer is a first year homeschooling Mom of 3 elementary aged kids and step mom to one middle school girl.  She was born and raised in Wyoming but now enjoys country living in Louisiana with her husband and kids.  She is a lover of Jesus, family, gardening, canning, all things creative, and hog hunting with her husband.  Tea enthusiast and crochet addict, she can be found blogging about all things family, devotional, health, and homeschool atStop, Pray, Listen.  A volunteer peer counselor at a Pro-Life Crises Pregnancy Center, her other passion is sharing the gospel with women in need.  Far from perfect, but in love with this grace filled life with kids, Jennifer makes it her mission to Stop, Pray, Listen, and Obey.

Weekly Giveaways and Freebies LinkUp: Moore Family Films

 

Moore Family Films Giveaway

 

 

Welcome to another great giveaway this week on Homeschool Survival. It’s week 22 and we are excited to bring you, yet another wonderful opportunity for your family homeschool!  If you have Freebies you’d like to share, be sure to link up and we will be Pinning and Sharing.

We’d like  to encourage you to like us and interact with us on Facebook.

We want to become a community where you can ask your questions, get mom to mom answers and be encouraged.  In fact, if you happen to have any questions about homeschooling, feel free to leave us a comment here…and I’ll be happy to post them on the page, or even write a blog post about it.

We are here to help you in your journey and can’t wait to hear more from you!  Be sure to read all the way to the end, where the fabulous giveaways will be posted.

 

This Weeks Sponsored Giveaway:

Complete Collection from Moore Family Films – $65 value

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  • How God brought their family through a time of trial
  • How brothers and sisters can be best friends

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32 Ideas for Summer Activities and Water Play

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Summer is officially here for us in Georgia! The days are long and HOT! If you live in the south then you know that the summers here can be brutal because of the humidity. So what’s the best way to play outside without sizzling like a fried egg?? With WATER!! (don’t forget the sunscreen and mosquito spray). Since we don’t have a pool, I searched Pinterest for some ideas to play in water and stay cool on those really hot days.

Summer Water Activities

BUBBLES!! What kid doesn’t love bubbles? Come Together Kids has a really good idea for a bubble refill station that will keep them busy for many minutes! She also has an easy & frugal way to make really BIG bubbles and snake bubbles. Here is a way to Make a water bottle bubble blower and glow in the dark bubbles.

Water Play

Instructions & materials list for making PVC pipe sprinklers

Prairie Daze PVC sprinkler

Drive-thru Tricycle Wash

a square sprinkler

another PVC sprinkler car wash

Deluxe Kid Wash

PVC Bike Wash Party

Knee Hockey Water Rink

Water slide + Sprinkler + Tarp = FUN

Pick up the ice cubes using your feet

Long list of water games

Another list of water games

Playing with sponges in water

More great water games list

Water Balloon Yo-Yo’s

Water Balloon Piñata’s

Batting Water Balloons

Toddler Water Play from Two Daloo

Painting with water from Juggling with Kids

Swimming Pool Scrabble by Toddler Approved

DIY Slip-n-Slide by inner child fun

Water play with Sponges by One Charming Party

and the summer would not be complete without the WATER BLOB!!

This mom made a list of summer activities for the kids to choose from.

Super cute and free summer daily journal

Creative and cute summer activities magnet board

Delicious looking Brownie Fruit Kabobs

Check out my Pinterest board for more water play and summer activities.  

   Enjoy your summer with all of these great activities! I know my boys will have fun and I can’t wait to get started making a list! Name

 

www.sproutingtadpoles.comI’m Janeen, a Christian homeschooling mom to 5 blessings from God. I am passionate about history and I love to plan and organize! We have been homeschooling for 6 years and started a new journey this year using Heart of Dakota. You can read more about our busy lives at Sprouting Tadpoles where I write about homeschooling, Heart of Dakota, history, toddlers and much more. You can also connect with me on FacebookPinterest and Twitter.

A Letter of Love, Faith, and Coping

A Letter of Love, Faith & Coping

My son’s girlfriend, Gillian, passed away from cystic fibrosis on February 20, 2014. This was one of the toughest times for my family and I am ready to now share the letter I wrote dear Gillian a month after she passed away:

It matters not how many days have passed since you left this world, it is too new, too raw, and seems we’ve grieved a lifetime already, but it’s still not enough. The absence you left when you passed from this world to the next has sucked all the air from our lungs. It is devastating and confusing.

I misplaced blame and anger wrongly at what happened before you left. I am sorry. I prayed my hardest, but the results came out differently. I accept God’s plan and my faith has been healed. I know you are dancing, free from struggle, and joyful in heaven, but we are all so lost without you. You healed my son and left him broken at the same time. I pray now for everyone left behind to obtain peace within, to live through their feelings and conflicts, no matter how difficult, and to find the gift of joy you left with us all.

When my Grandfather passed years ago, I lost my faith. I walked through the motions trying to find understanding and peace with God. I attended church, taught catechism, and more, but it mattered not. I saw my grandmother so alone and lost, childlike almost, so sad. I lost hope in heaven and belief that there was anything beyond. I internalized that death was final, dust was just dust, and the soul did not move on. You, dear girl, changed that for me. It was completely indirect, you could not have known. You passed your faith to my son, transferred so perfectly, while keeping just as much for yourself during your beautiful relationship. I will be eternally grateful.

It happened on February 18, 2014 when my faith returned as Chris transferred his energy to you, hoping it was enough to heal your earthen body. I could see before you woke, the transfer of power being willed from his hand to you, while holding your hand. I will be forever thankful that against all odds, you woke that day, and you shared your love with all once more. It was a blessing to have those moments with you and witness such unconditional love in the room. We miss you so much and can not begin to heal fully from your physical absence, we cannot even understand where to begin. You have been fully healed, no pain, no struggle, no worry, no nervous cuticle picking, no more needle poking, no surgeries, no endless pills, and no vest.

I pray for Chris’s peace, I ask him to give this pain to God. He keeps running, spirit runs, which worry me, not for his mind or body as I know it does him good, but for his safety. I hope it gave you a chuckle when that coyote was spooked by him in the wee dark hours of morning. This young man has a passion and fire that most his age can not even comprehend, never mind adults. You got him so completely, thank you for that love. He will carry you with him forever and the brokenness he has currently may mend, but he will be forever altered for having met you, loving you, and being loved by you.

A Letter of Love, Faith & Coping

 

Melissa ReadMelissa is in her first year of homeschooling her teenaged son, while working part-time.  She enjoys the simple life, but her husband is a super techie.  It’s an interesting balance as Melissa strives to learn more homesteading skills, while her husband is playing the latest Xbox game.  Find Melissa’s Facebook page:  Minor in Homeschool.

Menu Planning Sheets & Dear Wife Prayer Cards Giveaway + Freebies + Giveaways Link Up

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Homeschool Moms Giveaways & Freebies Linky Party – Week 16

Welcome to Week 16 of the Giveaways & Freebies Linky party!  We’ve been having so much fun these last few weeks with some amazing giveaways!  Thank you to all of the sponsors so far! and Thank YOU for showing up and participating in the giveaways and freebies!

This Week’s Giveaway is sponsored by Becoming a Godly Wife and Beautiful Ashes

During this busy end-of-the-school-year time, homeschooling moms often find it difficult to fit in important things like meal planning and personal prayer time or time in the Word. Couldn’t we all use some helpful tools to make these things easier? Today we have just the things to help you in both these areas. Bridget from Becoming a Godly Wife has created helpful menu planning sheets so you know exactly what’s for breakfast lunch and dinner all week long! Misty from Beautiful Ashes has created beautiful prayer and verse cards that offer encouragement and strength in your Christian walk as wife and mother. These cards coordinate with her ebook Dear Wife: Letters from a Help Meet in which she encourages wives to look to God when faced with emotional struggles.

 

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These resources are brand new and not yet available anywhere. Will you be the first to own them? Enter to find out! One winner will be chosen to receive a copy of both What’s for Dinner and Dear Wife . . . Prayer and Verse Cards.

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  It’s time to link up!  If you’re a blogger linking up, I only ask that you link back to me, if possible.  I can’t wait to see your giveaways and freebies! (If you’re reading this in an email, be sure to click to the site to see more giveaways. More could be added all week!)