5 Sure Ways To A Stress-Free Homeschool

 5 Sure Ways To A Stress-Free Homeschool | What Joy Is Mine

Homeschooling your children can be overwhelming. In feeling overwhelmed, it can cause you to rethink why you do it? If God has called you to it, you can bet He will provide all you need to be successful at it. I am at the end of our homeschool journey and I wanted to share 5 sure ways to have a stress-free homeschool. This is what has worked for our family through the years and helped us have JOY in our homeschooling years.

1. Be prepared and organized. This can’t be stressed enough. If you try to wing it, you will find it more frustrating than productive. So, be prepared. Know what you are going to do and when you’re going to do in your day. Make a schedule and stick with it as best you can. I know things will come up but if you have a schedule, you can pick up where you left off or jump ahead a bit in your day and finish up. Also, if you are organized and know where everything is, you will find this will help in keeping stress at bay as well. I promise you that being prepared will eliminate so much stress in your schooling agenda.

2. Take breaks. This is just as needed as a schedule. Plan snack times, nap times and play periods in your homeschooling day. If the weather permits it, go outside and let the children run around. Breaks will encourage better productivity and make school fun. Your children won’t think its all about books but about fun, too. You will enjoy the break, as well, mama. The brain does need rest, too.

3. Plan a read aloud time. This could be a break time or just make it a part of your schooling schedule. It’s a good way to snuggle up with your children giving everyone a break from their studies. Our children always looked forward to read aloud time especially when we moved onto chapter books. Sometimes, they would color while I read. Other times they just listened.

4. Make it fun. School should be inviting and adding some fun does aid with that. If your children find it appealing, it makes teaching them so much easier and stress-free. You can add in some hands on activities like coloring, art and science projects, scavenger hunts, and plays they can act out. How about having a music day, movie day, or pajamas day? And don’t forget to schedule in field trips once in a while.

5. Keep it all in prayer. We homeschool because the Lord called us to it so what better way to protect it from stress than to go to the Lord about all concerns. Pray over your teaching abilities, your children’s heart in learning and how it should look for your family dynamics. God is faithful and will answer your prayers for a stress-free school.

Homeschooling our children can be stress-free and we can have a hand in that by doing the five things listed above. Stress will only make us impatient, irritable and cause us to teach with a short fuse which benefits neither us nor our students. Instead, seek to keep it free of things or situations that can cause it to be stressful.

How do you keep your homeschool stress-free?

SiggyJuly

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Big Autumn Sale For Homeschoolers

Currclick Autumn Sale for Homeschoolers | What Joy Is Mine

Currclick is having an Autumn sale on 193 different titles that are fall-related. There will be resources on Reformation Day, Thanksgiving, Autumn, and Harvest to name a few. The sale will run October 14th – 21st so act fast. I just know you will find something to go along with your studies and affordably as well.

BONUS: They are also offering a special discount code so you can get an additional 10% off the sale prices. Use the code LEAVES at checkout for that extra discount. This code is not listed on the sale page so make note of it and be sure to use it.

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My personal experience with Currclick has always been real good. I am sharing this sale with you because I know you will be able to find something to use in your homeschool. They do offer Christian themed items as well as secular. We are affiliates and your purchase through our link will bless our family. Thank you in advance.

 

SiggyJuly

 

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The Johnny Appleseed Story (Guest Post from Christianity Cove)

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The Johnny Appleseed Story

Johnny Appleseed is a fond memory for many from when we were growing up. A great American Legend, Johnny Appleseed was a real person. Born John Chapman on September 26, 1774, he was among the American settlers who were captivated by the movement west across the continent. As Johnny Appleseed traveled west, he planted apple trees along the way, and sold trees to settlers. With every apple tree that was planted, the legend grew.

Here are some additional facts:

  • John Chapman was a nurseryman who started out planting trees in western New York and Pennsylvania.
  • During the life of John Chapman, the “West” was places like Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois.
  • John Chapman was a deeply religious person. He was known to preach during his travels.
  • According to legend, Johnny Appleseed led a simple life and wanted little. He rarely accepted money and often donated any money he received.
  • It is believed by many that he died on March 11, 1845, from what was referred to as the “winter plague.”

There is a lot of “legend” in stories written about Johnny Appleseed. By its definition, over the years, legends grow bigger than life. It also appears that there is some link between Johnny Appleseed and very early Arbor Day celebrations.

Johnny Appleseed can also help us understand the scriptures of the Parable of the Sower.

MATTHEW 13:2‐9

“A FARMER WENT OUT TO SOW HIS SEED. AS HE WAS SCATTERING THE SEED, SOME FELL ALONG THE PATH, AND THE BIRDS CAME AND ATE IT UP. SOME FELL ON ROCKY PLACES, WHERE IT DID NOT HAVE MUCH SOIL. IT SPRANG UP QUICKLY, BECAUSE THE SOIL WAS SHALLOW. BUT WHEN THE SUN CAME UP, THE PLANTS WERE SCORCHED, AND THEY WITHERED BECAUSE THEY HAD NO ROOT. OTHER SEED FELL AMONG THORNS, WHICH GREW UP AND CHOKED THE PLANTS. STILL OTHER SEED FELL ON GOOD SOIL, WHERE IT PRODUCED A CROPA HUNDRED, SIXTY OR THIRTY TIMES WHAT WAS SOWN. WHOEVER HAS EARS, LET THEM HEAR.”

Johnny Appleseed said during his preaching that his apple trees came from the planting of many seeds, some of which did not take root. We need to be the trees that take root. We also need to be sowers, speaking God’s word often, and not caring if more than half of it never takes root.

Johnny Appleseed Snack: Apples with Cinnamon

This very easy snack will help kids understand what Johnny Appleseed was trying to do with his life. It can inspire kids to want to be more “fruitful” in their own lives.

Material

• Apples
• Clear plastic bowl with lid
• Cinnamon
• Spoon

 

Introduction

These apples we are eating today may in fact have come from some of the apple trees planted by Johnny Appleseed! Johnny Appleseed spent his life proving the point that the greatest, most beautiful things can start with one tiny seed. Let’s remember in our lives that one seed sewn of love, courage, faith and hope can be multiplied in others. The positive things we have to say and do are very important, even when we feel like they’re not.

Let’s eat these apples, thinking of the huge and majestic trees from which they came, and thinking of how we can be “one seed” nicer and kinder to others.

Instructions

1. Cut apples into quarters and remove seeds and core.
2. Place apples in the clear plastic bowl.
3. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
4. Stir so that all the apple slices are covered.
5. Place lid on bowl quickly so apples don’t brown.
 

Mary-Kate

 

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Mary-Kate is a regular blogger at Christianity Cove ( http://www.christianitycove.com/).  You can often find her writing about Christian Parenting, Homeschool Teaching, Bible Study and Sunday School Activities, Faith and inspiring children to love God.  Follow her at @SundaySchoolGal  Facebook  Google+Pinterest.

 

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More Curriculum For Sale!

Today I’m listing some other cool school items that we no longer have a need for. If you missed it, yesterday I listed all the math curriculum we have available

LITERATURE/HISTORY/GEOGRAPHY:

pharaohscollage

This is a great book if you are planning to study Egypt. Good read aloud. We enjoyed this book. Gently used condition

Pharaoh’s of Ancient Egypt   $2.00

 

Shakespearecollage

Two different sets of Shakespeare books. Set 1 (Romeo & Juliet, Julius Caesar) are Barron books that help make it easy to study these plays by Shakespeare. They cover theme, characters, language/style and plot is analyzed. Excellent condition.

Set 2 (Julius Caesar, The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing) are Dover editions. These are written in play form and not too hard to follow. In excellent condition.

Set 1 (Romeo & Juliet, Julius Caeser)    $4.00 for the set                                

Set 2 ( Julius Caesar, The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing)    $2.00 for the set

hentyguide

The Boy’s Guide to G.A. Henty Books by William Potter. The official guide to Henty books is a must have if you enjoy Henty books. Good resource and in excellent condition.

The Boy’s Guide to the Historical Adventures of G.A. Henty      $3.00

mapcollage

A United States Coloring Book that has all fifty states and additional information about each state. This book is unused and a great addition to a states study.

United States Coloring Book     $3.00

ART/CRAFTS:

createbooks

A set of five crafts books each covering a different technique: transforming (like recycling/repurposing), painting, cut-n-pasting, print-n-stamping and concocting (creating). These books are filled with wonderful craft ideas for the craft portion of your schooling. Excellent condition.

Set of Five Crafts Books       $5.00 for the set

lambsbookart

The Lamb’s Book of Art I Course by Barry Stebbing plus Teacher’s Manual for Art I & II.  Over 65 daily lessons done from a Christian perspective. We did start this course but never finished it. The first 9 lessons were done but the rest of the book is clean and not written in. 56 lessons are still available for the next artist to work through. Excellent condition.

The Lamb’s Book of Art I + Teacher’s Manual (Art I & Art II)           $8.00 for the set

howgreatthouart

How Great Thou Art II Drawing Book, Lesson & Sketch Book and Teacher’s Manual (How Great Thou Art I & II). 70 Daily lessons for beginners and intermediate artists. In excellent condition.

How Great Thou Art II Drawing Book, Lesson & Sketch Book, Teacher’s Manual        $15.00  for the set

SewingCollage

Stitches and Pins (A Beginning Sewing Book for Girls) + Sewing & Growing with God’s Word (A Bible study companion for Stitches & Pins). This is unused as we found our daughter a local teacher so she never used this course. It is intact with all patterns included and unused. I’m also throwing in Sewing Machine Fun which is gently used. Our daughter did write on pages 14 & 15 but the rest of the book is clean and in great condition. They teach sewing basics complete with machine knowledge, sewing techniques, projects and step-by-step instructions. The biblical devotional companion is a wonderful addition to the Stitches & Pins sewing book.

Stitches & Pins Book, Sewing & Growing with God’s Word (Biblical study for Stitches & Pins + Sewing Machine Fun       $15.00 for the set   SOLD!!

ENGLISH:

wordsmith

Wordsmith Craftsman by Janie B. Cheaney is a self directed program, building, intergrating, and polishing practical writing skills to prepare young adults for a lifetime of excellence in communication. It is for grade levels 10 & up. In very gently used condition.

Wordsmith Craftsman      $5.00

BIBLE:

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Bible Doctrine For Older Children (Book A) by James W. Beeke is volume one of the two book series. Book A covers the first 10 chapters of the series. Each chapter covers vocabulary, lessons and stories to reiterate the study, memorization questions and lesson questions. We really enjoyed this biblical study. It is geared for children 11 years of age and older. In excellent condition.

Biblical Doctrine For Older Children (Book A)        $6.00 

EXTRA:

MuseumCollage

Museum Guide is a bible based handbook to natural history museums covering dinosaur, mammal, human and evolution exhibits to name a few. It also covers fossil, rock and ice age exhibits. Its a great way to visit these museums and remind children about the Creator of all things and His sovereign design for this world. Never been used and in excellent condition. This is the full size edition.

Museum Guide        $12.00

If any of these interest you, please email me and I will send you an invoice for the cost. (Shipping is FREE.) Paypal wasn’t working with me so I’m resorting to plan B. If you do not have a Paypal account, please include shipping address so I know where to send your curriculum.

SiggyJuly

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Math Curriculum Sale!

Well, we are nearing the end of our homeschool journey. I am bittersweet at the realization of this. I will miss schooling my children. It’s a new season approaching. With this change upon us, I have gone through most of our curriculum books and have many items in excellent condition to offer at fabulously great prices. Look below at the different math curriculum and see what will work for you. (Thank you for your purchase in advance. It will bless our family.)

SaxonAlgebra

This is a complete 3rd edition set of Saxon Algebra 1. It includes the student book (Hardcover) , the solutions manual (not pictured), test forms booklet and the homeschool packet. Its in excellent condition. You have everything here you will need for one year of teaching.

Saxon Algebra Set – 3rd Edition    $100.00 for the complete set

These next eight sets are from the Mathematics for Everyday Living series developed by Meridian Creative Group. They are no longer printed I believe. We have really found these books to be instrumental in helping our children learn about the real world finances covering taxes, loans, savings, insurance and investing to name some. They are 9-week courses so you could get through two in a year of schooling or take it slow and choose to do a specific one in a year if you are starting these from the 9th grade. “This series is a practical math course designed to teach like a textbook and function as a workbook. Each unit helps students develop skills in math, finances, and purchases by addressing commonly posed situations of everyday living.” All these books are in excellent condition.

statisticsThe Mathematics of Statistics.  $5.00 for the set

buyingThe Mathematics of Buying.  $5.00 for the set

TaxesThe Mathematics of Taxes    $5.00 for the set

Saving

The Mathematics of Saving   $5.00 for the set

Budgeting

The Mathematics of Budgeting    $5.00 for the set

inflation

 The Mathematics of Inflation and Depreciation    $5.00 for the set

investmentThe Mathematics of Investment     $5.00 for the set

insurance

The Mathematics of Insurance    $5.00 for complete set

 lifeoffred

Life of Fred Beginning Algebra and the Companion Book. My daughter really enjoyed this curriculum for learning Algebra. Fred makes it fun. In really good condition. No writing inside either book.

Life of Fred Beginning Algebra + Companion Book    $30.00 for the set

 

geometry

A Blueprint For Geometry and the Companion Packet. Basically students become junior architects. They read/draw floor plans and elevations and compute building costs. They learn measurement, scale and architectual symbols along with problem-solving skills and creativity. This is a real unique way to learn learn geometry. Loved this course. It is complete and in excellent condition.

Blueprint For Geometry + Companion Packet   $15.00 for the set

If any of these interest you, please email me and I will send you an invoice for the cost. (Shipping is FREE.) Paypal wasn’t working with me so I’m resorting to plan B. If you do not have a Paypal account, please include shipping address so I know where to send your curriculum. Be sure to check back Friday as well. I have even more curriculum that I am selling at affordable prices. Literature, art, sewing, geography  and more!

 

SiggyJuly

 

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