July 28, 2017
This weekend marks the last conference of the homeschool convention season. My heart is full. As I was driving down the coast for the third time in two months, I reflected on God’s plan for me. Most of you know, through a series of events Forrest, my hubby couldn’t come with me on the 2017 HTHL Tour. Not having my rock of a husband next to me left me feeling vulnerable. The thought of thirteen conventions and 15,000 miles of open highway terrified me without my man. I said yes to God’s unusual plan, and then the lessons began.
I learned a lot about fear.
I learned a lot about how fear holds me back.
I learned that trusting God means doing things that just don’t feel pleasant or comfortable.
I learned how little faith I actually possess.
I learned I have a long way to go to maturity in Christ.
I prayed more.
I worshipped more.
I paid attention to God’s voice more.
I cried more…a lot more.
I never wanted to give up more than this year.
But I never felt more fully alive.
I learned that my confidence is in Christ alone.
My husband is still a rock in my life, and there were countless times on the journey that he talked me down from the heights of emotional towers and prayed with me when helpless spaces needed Divine intervention. I love him more today than at the beginning of my journey. For both of us, the vision for Here to Help Learning has enlarged like the ever-widening rays of sun on the horizon of a new morning. We are both grateful.
Thursday morning, in the peaceful setting of my friend’s home, I had a lightbulb monument.
God is a hands-on teacher. He doesn’t want us to sit at desk for long. He wants us up off our tushies and learn by doing.
God’s Holy Word is filled with lots of verbs-action words.
This year, I prepare for our family’s last year of homeschooling. BusyGirl, the last of eight kids, will graduate, Rancho Mora School. I will trade in my homeschool mom badge and become a homeschool fan. My prayer is that I pay close attention to God’s verbs. I pray I will get off my tush and act on His Word. I will teach my daughter to do the same.
My prayer is for all of us as believers to do the same.
Summer Writing Fun
How do you keep your child practicing and enjoying the skill of writing during the summer break? This summer, HTHL’s Writing Tip of the Week will feature 10 fun ideas to keep your child writing!
This Week’s Summer Writing Idea…
THIS WEEK’S SUMMER WRITING IDEA…MAKE A RECIPE BOOK
Our family’s motto is “ Never say goodbye, only say, until we eat again!” Let’s face it; food brings people together. And most kids LOVE to be the chef. So move over Rachael Ray! This week, there’s going to be some new cookbook authors on the foodie scene!
- Choose a theme for your recipe book, such as eggs, pastas, desserts, historical periods, or family recipes.
- Choose and make a few recipes.
- Follow HTHL instructions on how to make an essay folder and use it as a booklet for the recipe book.
- Write (or dictate) the recipe.
- Add your own chef secrets in the margins.
- Add photos or hand drawn pictures.
- Share with friends and family.
Skills your child will learn in the name of fun…
- Writing in recipe format
- Writing fractions
- Writing abbreviations
- Writing descriptive phrases
- Writing clear instructions
- Designing and presenting work
One of our kids called their recipe book, Heaven’s Kitchen as opposed to the popular show in cahoots with the devil. I still have the book. Making recipe books provided our children with hours of summer fun and most importantly, kept them writing!
At HTHL, we think your child’s imagination is an asset NOT a liability!
Write Early*Write Often*Write Well Writing Contest
Can’t win if you don’t enter!
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“My son danced all over the house, but is now seated in front of the laptop excitedly writing another story. Thank you for encouraging him!!!” Corban’s Mom
(Corban is a 2017 monthly winner)
Here’s the best part! When you enter the writing contest, you also get published!
AND … ALL PROFITS GO TO SUPPORT Compassion International.
Did you enter a story in 2016?
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“Here to Help Learning’s Writing Program is perfect for the family or group class in need of an enthusiastic instructor. The courses are very easy-to-use and enjoyable for both students and adults. They also make it possible to teach children together if they are within a few grade levels of one another. The Christian aspects of the course—memory verses, mentions of faith and God throughout the courses, and activities that stress Christianity in action—are more thoroughly and effectively integrated than in most other Christian writing courses.”–Cathy Duffy (Curriculum Review)
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here to there so he can go everywhere!
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SUMMER READING SALE
Does Your Child need MORE Summer Reading? Check this Out!
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Make Way For Summer Learning: Our family has learned summer is the perfect time to sharpen skills and foster a love of learning, but it looks quite a bit different than our September-June style of learning. Read More…
Please join us! Valley Home Educators- Modesto, California- July 27-28, 2017
- Getting Your Ducks in a Row-The First Year of Homeschooling
- Dream Bigger
- Keeping Your Smart Cookie Challenged
- Finding the Pieces to the Puzzle
- Moving On to the Next Writing Level
- Managing Anger and Conflict in Your Home
Click HERE for HTHL’s Homeschool Convention Schedule!
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Blessings! We hope you have a wonderful week homeschooling! If you need help with our writing program, send us a support ticket. If you just want to ask me a question, click ASK BETH.