October 6, 2017
This past week, all our adult kids, their spouses, and our granddaughter came to our home in Washinton for our annual family vacation. It’s something we have always done since Forrest and I got married. We even celebrated an early Thanksgiving since most of our kids won’t be able to visit in November. Snappy fall weather heightened the smell of my apple pie baking. The volume for John Denver’s song, Country Roads was unspeakably high and filled the house; it’s my own tradition that my kids and husband have learned to endure.Thanks to YouTube, last years Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade played on our television screen and coaxed our acceptance of Thanksgiving in October. We had a wonderful time. For me, I think it was the first time in a long time that I actually stopped a little. Well, in between cooking breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 15 people.
We spent lots of time catching up with one another. Face-to-face conversations filled our hearts so much more than texts, Facebooks, or even phone calls.
Through our conversations, I realized I often describe myself as tired. I thought about my prayers. I discovered I often pray for strength. Strength to start a project. Strength to finish a project. Strength to teach a concept to my child, again, and again, and again. Strength to go the extra mile when nothing is left. My weariness marks my character and zaps my joy. Running on Empty could be my theme song especially this last year. But it sounds noble. Who doesn’t want to be known as the mom who tirelessly works on behalf of her family?
But really, truth be told…tiredness is a place to hide. It’s a place to stay stuck. It’s my excuse when I don’t want to engage. “I’m too tired.” releases me from present happenings. The land of tiredness is dreary, and it pushes away people. It glorifies the tired, the one working so hard instead of the One who gives strength.
Strength is given to us by God. Every ounce of vitality is a gift from God. The fact that we can do anything is a direct reflection of God’s goodness, not our own.
And according to God’s Word, it’s a renewable commodity when we wait for Him to add it to our being.
“Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.” Isaiah 40:3
Here’s the part where I fail, waiting for the Lord to fill me and refusing to go at it in my own strength, my own determination, or because I feel the pressure to say yes.
His strength is our joy.
“Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!” Neiamiah 8:10
The last few days, rather than saying I’m tired, I am saying I’m stopping. I am not going any further because I am waiting for the Lord to fill me.
How about you homeschool momma? Are you living in the land of constant, “I’m tired” with little joy?
I need to learn so much concerning the design of our Lord. I need to understand the rhythms of His unfailing grace that gives me His strength to do His service, and yet leads me to green pastures so I can drink my fill once again, and be strengthened to do His bidding.There are no sour faces when God is supplying the strength. It’s a beautiful cycle and one that doesn’t bypass joy and peace.
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Teach your child how to Recognize and Write a Complete Sentence
“Email, texts, tweets, and social media posts, Oh my!” says the writing teacher. These forms of communication sure have made it more difficult to teach a child what is a complete sentence and what is not! Can I get an amen? This is why you need to teach your child how to recognize and write a complete sentence. It’s an on-going labor of love!
When correcting a child’s sentence structure, I often hear a student tell me, “It sounds right. I can’t see what’s wrong with my sentence.” Afterall, we as a society, speak in fragments and run-on sentences. However in writing, for our reader’s sake, we must provide proper sentence structure.
Sidenote: You might be thinking, “Wait a minute Beth! I see bloggers, novelists, and journalists breaking sentence structure rules all the time.” You have a valid point. In fact, your kids might be noting the same thing. Times have changed, I won’t argue that. But it’s like the difference between the artistic expression of realism versus abstract. In realism, the painting looks like what you see, and abstract art is an interpretation of what is seen. In writing, proper sentence structure (realism) is what everyone accepts. If you break sentence structure rules in the name of your personal writing style (abstract) the author, is taking a risk and needs to consider if breaking the writing rule communicates the idea better. Ok, I’ll admit, I have digressed. But it is a common discussion I have with parents and older kids.
How can you teach your child how to recognize and write a complete sentence?
Here are some great tips!
1.Teach the parts of speech using Legos or blocks. Click HERE
2. Play Mad-Libs Click HERE
3. Sing and memorize, School House Rock Grammar Click HERE
4. Use Spelling City- (Online or App) Click HERE
5. Complete the Easy Grammar Series- One worksheet per day. Click HERE
6. Play Here to Help Learning’s game, Sentence-No Sentence. (Found in lesson 1-3 in the Paragraph Level.) Click HERE
Complete sentences help communicate ideas clearly. Help your child learn to identify them and write them!
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At the beginning of the school year, I always had to do a lot of review with my kiddos to wake-up sleepy summer brain cells. I call it “dusting -off the brain”. But I had to face my own sleepy neurons. As a homeschool educator, I needed to remind myself of practices and principles that have served our family well.
For the months of August-October, I’m going share with you my top blog posts on writing. The info provides insight into the foundations of why Here to Help Learning works.
“It is estimated that ten to fifteen percent of the population has dyslexia, a learning disability that is characterized by difficulties with reading and language processing. Many times, it is first discovered when a child has difficulty with spelling.” Read more….
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